STEMinist Profile: Shannon Jaeger, Masters Student in Computer Science

Shannon Jaeger

Masters Student in Computer Science
University of Calgary

Founder, Jaeger eMedia Inc.

What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
STEM was a calling to me. I have always been curious about why things are the way they are in the world around me. Enjoyed learning about science in school, however, I felt very alone in this desire. I come from a small town where I may have been the only girl in my grade that enjoyed math. Fortunately I had a female science teacher in grade 8, and a female physics teacher in high school. I’d have thought I was really odd if it was not for having a female science teacher, and I’m not sure that I’d have pursued a STEM career.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
Coolest project is probably the first major project. Perhaps because it was the first, perhaps because it was such a great success. I was one of five developers who worked on the Gemini Telescopes Data Handling System, which might still be running at the observatories. The system consisted of 7 client/server processes written in C/C++ with Tcl/Tk user interfaces. It was cool because the software worked well and we delivered it on time and on budget and it is an important part of the observatories’ software system.

Role models and heroes:
Obviously my grade 8 teacher Mrs. Sallows, my physics teacher Ms. Karbeshewski. Later in University: Lady Lovelace. One of my early instructors called me Miss Lovelace; he meant it in a derogatory way but I took it as a compliment.

Why do you love working in STEM?
As stated before, STEM is a calling to me. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love problem solving and unraveling mysteries. STEM careers have plenty of problems and mysteries.

Advice for future STEMinists?
This is not my quote and I do not know the author, however it is what I’d like to pass onto others: “Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.”

Favorite website or app:
There are far too many too choose from that I enjoy. However, I am going to pick I think the Ted Talks are a rather clever way of sharing ideas to the world.

Twitter: @shannon_jaeger

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