Filipina among 43 most powerful female engineers in US


Posted at Feb 27 2017 09:25 PM


A Filipina is making her mark in the male-dominated field of high-tech engineering and the world is starting to take notice.

Last week, Anne Aaron, a Filipina engineer who works at Netflix, was included in Business Insider's "43 Most Powerful Female Engineers of 2017."

Aaron, who is no. 32 on the list, is director of Video Algorithms at Netflix.

According to Business Insider, "She leads a team of software engineers and research scientists. They make the software that enables more than 86 million Netflix members worldwide to watch streaming with the best possible quality."

So, if you love the quality of "Stranger Things" or "Narcos" as they stream on your phone, tablet, PC or Smart TV, you have Aaron and her team to thank for. 

Aaron graduated Valedictorian and Magna Cum Laude from the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Science in Physics (1998) and Computer Engineering (1999).

She went on to Stanford University to get her master's degree and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.

According to Business Insider, Aaron started with Netflix in 2011 as a senior engineer and worked her way up.

Before her gig at Netflix, Aaron also worked at tech powerhouse Cisco Systems as a Senior Software Engineer for Video Codecs.

Julie Bort of Business Insider says engineering remains a male-dominated field as the tech industry fails to attract more women. 
Female engineers also have to contend with "appalling sexism and sexual harassment."

"But that tells only part of the story. There are women who are leading important tech teams at important companies. And there are women who are building cool cutting-edge technologies at startups," Bort said. 

It's good to know that a brainy Pinay is among those changing the face of the tech workforce.