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STEMinist Profile: Lydia Sites, Technology Services Engineer

Lydia Sites

Technology Services Engineer 1

KnowledgeWorks



What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
It wasn’t something I initially set out to do but after working on a few basic tech issues, I discovered how enjoyable technology is and just had to learn more.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
One of my first projects was to configure our new help desk solution. I loved setting up and designing the way the product would function in our environment especially in terms of improving the user experience and our team’s efficiency. In addition to being a great learning experience, it summed up the primary objective of technology solutions: taking a great technology and implementing it in a way that answers the needs of the business unit.

Role models/heroes:
Hmmm…I would have to say Padsmaree Warrior is one of my favorite women in tech. Of course, she has accomplished so much in the industry but what I really like about her is the digital presence she has created. She posts about everything from Cisco news and info to haikus and the arts. I’m a big believer that it is important for STEM workers to be knowledgeable in the STEM field as well as personable and well-rounded.

Why do you love working in STEM?
It changes constantly, which means there’s very little chance that I will get bored. Right now is a very exciting time to be in technology. There are so many new developments and innovations, especially in the mobile, digital and start-up spaces.

Advice for future STEMinists?
Being a woman in a STEM field can be challenging at times but it can also be very rewarding. You have a unique perspective and approach to issues in day to day as well as project work. Having that fresh approach can lead to innovative and creative solutions. Embrace being the minority.

Favorite website/app:
I am a serious mobile enthusiast so this is almost impossible to decide! For apps, I would say it is a three-way tie between Sephora for iPad, Android’s Run Double and Evernote. For tech news and tips, I have several go-to’s but no absolute favorite.

Twitter: @lmsites

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