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This month’s WIT spotlight questionnaire focuses on Jaelle Scheuerman, a PhD Student at Tulane University who enjoys integrating technology in to her work and hobbies and who is passionate about volunteering and getting people excited about technology.
- Name: Jaelle Scheuerman
- Job: PhD Student at Tulane, pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD in Computer Science & Cognitive Science
- Where are you from? Casper, WY
- How long have you lived in NOLA? Six years
- How did you get into Tech? In high school I was very interested in graphic design, and my art teacher encouraged me to look into web design. During my junior year, I completed an independent study to learn HTML and Flash and have been hooked on using technology to make fun “interactive art” ever since.
- Favorite Website, App or gadget: I would have to say the whole family of Google “things”. I don’t know how anyone functioned before things like Inbox and Chrome, and Google Cardboard is great fun too!
- What is the greatest transformation in tech you’ve witnessed so far? 3D printing. Kids can design and print their own prosthetics now and NASA is working to make sure future astronauts can print pizzas in space. We’re almost to fully functional Star Trek replicators.
- What is your favorite Mardi Gras Krewe/ Parade? Chewbacchus- all hail Our Sacred Drunken Wookie!
- What is the most influential piece of advice you ever got? It’s hard to pick just one, but here is one bit of advice that has been especially influential in recent years:
- What is your favorite thing about living in New Orleans? As a transplant from the midwest, New Orleans was a bit of a culture shock at first. However, now I never want to leave. I’ve met many awesome people here and enjoy the variety of things there are to do at any given time. All of this without having to live in a giant city or deal with snow. It’s pretty great!
- What was your earliest interaction with technology? My earliest memory of a computer is when my dad brought me to work when I was about six. He showed me how to type smiley faces on his work PC.☺
- What is your favorite thing to do when you are not at work? I really like to travel and see other places!
- Who is a woman you really admire and why? My high school art teacher, Mrs. McHattie. She went above and beyond to connect with her students and in addition to engaging students in technology through art, created a high tech computer lab that helped many students (including me) have employable technical skills by the time they graduated high school. She also is one of a select few who encouraged me to consider higher education after high school as a thing I could pursue, for which I am very grateful!
- What’s your favorite New Orleans food? Red beans and rice. It’s simple, but so delicious!
- If you had time to learn a new technology, framework or language what would you choose to work with next? There are so many new things I want to learn next! My goal for this summer is to learn how to use the Amazon Alexa APIs to create voice experiences.
- What inspired you to join New Orleans WIT? I went to the very first networking event that New Orleans WIT put on and was very inspired by Torrie Adams’ vision to build a local group of women in technology who could support and build each other up.
- What advice do you have for anyone who is interested in a career in tech? (or learning to code?)
A career in tech can take you many places and there are many different things you can learn about to be in tech. Sometimes, this can make it very overwhelming to decide where to start. Pick something you are already interested in and figure out how people are using technology to create solutions in that area. Once you’ve decided on an area, find people who can help answer your questions and provide help when you get stuck (the New Orleans tech community is great for this). Accept that you will get stuck sometimes, but push through these moments and learn to celebrate the victories as you get past each hurdle. Before long, you will look back and realize how much you’ve learned!