Monmayuri Ray (Mon) didn’t choose a career path in tech. She says she chose a people-focused career, and tech was just the medium. “Mathematical storytelling was my passion,” says Mon, who studied the “strange combination” of applied maths, engineering and studio art.
She’s worked on projects which combined her analytical and creative talents, like building robotic arms for smart prosthetics. However, when she moved to Australia from the US, she found herself in the pure tech world, working as an insights manager for Microsoft.
Mon’s since worked as a data scientist for the “who’s who” of the tech world – think companies like eBay, tech services firm Quantium and now Deloitte, where she’s a Specialist Manager. Making tech work for customers and clients through new innovation is what she loves most about her job. “We now have the capability to solve things that we couldn’t before through the lens of AI,” says Mon.
Mon believes the answer to more diverse gender representation in tech is to focus on passion and talent, rather than gender. “We need to live in a world where we genuinely choose our passion without any discrimination… Rather than promoting women in data and men in ballet, we need to do a better job of promoting ALL in data – or ballet!”
Mon’s career path:
>> Bachelor of Applied Mathematics/Engineering (Mechanical) & Studio Art, Illinois Institute of Technology , Chicago
>> Masters of Philosophy (Biomedical Engineering), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
>> Smart Prosthetics Research Engineer, Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Centre, Chicago
>> Insights Manager, Microsoft, Sydney
>> Data Scientist, Quantium, Sydney
>> Data Scientist, eBay, Sydney
>> Specialist Manager – Data Scientist, Deloitte, Sydney
This article was originally published in Careers with STEM: Code 2019. You can read the e-magazine for free online here.
Author: Larissa Fedunik-Hofman
Larissa is the editorial assistant for Careers with STEM and a Chemistry PhD student. Larissa’s goal is to promote public engagement with STEM through inspiring stories.