East Coast native Jeanine Jue, Head of Developer Evangelism at Samsung ARTIK Cloud (developer.artik.cloud), did not think twice when high school senior and Girls Who Code club organizer Amira Mouline of Chatham invited her to hangout remotely with the JerseySTEM middle schoolers who attend the Summer Session in Summit.

From her office in the bay area, Jue recalled with nostalgia the snowy winters of the east coast where she went to college. However, she appreciates the tech-friendly climate and entrepreneurial spirit she has been a part of ever since she moved to California and started a successful and rewarding career in technology.

“As a women, it was not always easy,” says the Boston native who remembers majoring in computer science and not being treated equally. Through her journey, she had encountered many obstacles, such as her boss in an engineering firm who said that she could not get up in the world as a woman. She told us to not stay at a job that we hate because there are always better places. She expressed her love for Samsung as they have always treated her fairly and made a comfortable environment for women in STEM.

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Jue talked about imposter syndrome, where she does not think she’s good enough. She explained that many women may feel like they don’t belong in the job or that they don’t know enough to be in the position they’re in. She talked about how she dealt with the feeling and that when we feel the feeling, we must remind ourselves that we are good enough.

Rising high school Junior Julia Ellis, who is also a Junior Facilitator of the Club asked how she learned computer science if she did not finish the undergraduate major. Jeanine Jue explained how she learned coding herself and got a masters in computer science at Boston University to get a solid foundation in Computer Science.

Sunny Feng, the Club’s Citizen Educator who attends Rutgers University and studies Computer Engineering, asked about what she loved about her job. Jeanine Jue said that she loves travelling to present new technologies and ideas as well as feeling like she knows what she is talking about.

Jeanine Jue asked the middle schoolers what they thought about Startups and Entrepreneurship.  She explained that startups are an important experience and that this age is the perfect time to try it out. She listed examples of startups created by teenagers and bought by other companies for a lot of money that were either simple ideas or made by young people. She inspired the members to think of novel and unique ideas that could solve real problems. The group discussed ideas for apps for an incoming app development program and talked about what goes into making one. By the end of the talk, the Chatham middle schoolers were excited by the idea of creating a startup.

The next STEMTalk speaker, Princeton PhD and former Assistant Vice President, Software and Information Systems Research at AT&T, Mary Fernandez, will share with the girls highlights from her career in technology and in philanthropy. The talk will take place 36 Chatham Road, Summit, NJ on Wednesday August 9th, 2017 at 7pm.

Middle and High schoolers schoolers can attend the program by contacting stem@jerseystem.org.

About  JerseySTEM’s Sponsors (To be inserted in every article published under JerseySTEM)

JerseySTEM is a skills based volunteers organization and it is wonderful to be able to count on local engineers and scientists, active or retired to provide our students with unique exposure to real life experiences”

JereySTEM’s  STEMTalk series bring live testimonials from professionals who chose to share their experience with the next generation of problem solvers. It is sponsored by Gearhart Law, a  premier intellectual property law firm based in Summit while the JerseySTEM’s Girls Who Code program is sponsored by DK Publishing.

About JerseySTEM 

JerseySTEM is a grassroots 501(c)3 operating as a co-op network of Citizen Educators - volunteer parents, professionals, retirees and corporations-  whose goal is to promote excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) education. JerseySTEM’s mission is to bridge the innovation gap in STEM education, the opportunity gap in New Jersey, and the gender gap in society. For more information about JerseySTEM programs, please visit www.jerseystem.org or email stem@jerseystem.org.