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Women Who Reign: Abha Pandey

“We couldn’t fail

Because we believed in each other

What you say yeah

Not today yeah

We will never die today yeah” -BTS Not Today(translated)

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Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I am a fourth year electrical engineering student at UC Davis. I am very passionate about robotics, control and embedded systems, and the communications fields. I currently work with the department of computer science at CU Boulder on machine learning research and at UC Davis as a researcher in Biomedical Imaging. I have a huge interest in inventions that can potentially change the world, be it our smartphones or diagnostics machinery. I aspire to be a role model to young women who are interested in becoming engineers. In my free time, I like to play and compose music or learn a new language (I can speak about 4).

What # would define your life journey?
#neverthelessshepersisted

Favorite website / app:
Github, EdX and coursera. It opened doors for me on learning computer science in my own free time

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Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
My grandma inspired me to pursue engineering. She never had the chance to complete her education and she always told my mom if she had granddaughters, she would love to see them prosper in STEM. She taught me that no matter how many lemons you get in life, turn them into lemonade, drink it, laugh and move on. She taught me to never give up on my dreams because someone told me I cannot do it. She told me I can do whatever I want as long as I have the passion and no one can stop me from getting that dream.

 

Song that makes you want to dance:
“Fight Song” by Rachel Platten
“Not Today” by BTS (Korean group)
“Si Jamais J’Oublie” by Zaz

Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
I initially entered a quadcopter project at a science fair my junior year of high school. I was hoping to win grand prizes and present my work at Intel’s ISEF. I could barely get the quadcopter to get off the ground nor I could get the sensors to work. I was horribly disappointed. Although the judges told me how impressive it was for me to come up with the idea, I was disappointed that I didn’t win. This experience taught me what it was like to fail, and pick myself back up and try again. The next year, I picked myself back up and found the motivation to continue this project. Although I took home one of the top prizes, but I was proud of the fact I got it to work. I was proud that it lifted off of the ground and almost got grounded for almost breaking a window(that is another story for later).

IMG_7783Ideal Job:
working for NASA and building rovers

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
Run after your dreams. Persist, and don’t take no for an answer. Don’t stop believing in yourself. But also, take care of yourself too and don’t forget to slow down every now and then so you can enjoy life’s littlest moments.

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