#WomeninSTEM · women who reign

Women Who Reign: Rebekah Houser

“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.”

Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I am a first year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Computer and Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Computer Systems. I have a bachelor’s of electrical engineering from the University of Delaware, which is also where I am studying for my PhD. I work on research with vehicle-to-grid systems, and infrared scene projectors. My fun fact is that my first major as an undergrad was Interior Design.

What # would define your life journey?

Favorite website / app:
Favorite app: Torque (vehicle diagnostics)

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
My mother has inspired me probably more than anyone I know. Her examples of creativity, perseverance, and delight in learning have shaped me in ways that helped me to become a better engineer. She taught me how to take initiative, think critically, and look for answers.

Students in Dr. Chengmo Yang’s Microprocessor Systems course (CPEG 222) holding a robot competition in the center hallway of DuPont Hall. The students assembled, customized, and programmed the robots which raced down a track of black tape guided by infrared (IR) sensors.

Song that makes you want to dance:
Immortals Fall Out Boy

Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
I grew up in without much exposure to engineering, and after high school I was convinced I could not ever understand basic electrical principles. I started to overcome that lack of confidence by taking classes for electricians while I was still majoring in interior design. Those classes helped me realize that I could actually understand, and made me want to learn more.

Ideal Job:
It is hard to pick out one ideal job. I definitely want to be working on problems with a global scope.

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
You have never really failed as long as you keep trying.

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