June 23rd is recognized globally as International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). For the second consecutive year, we’re celebrating virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. To salute our women #EngineeringHeroes and their ability to shape and support the world around them through their work and passions, we’re highlighting Softvisioners from around the globe and tapping into their brilliant minds with a fun get-to-know-you questionnaire.
Sarika Pamnani, a Cognizant senior manager from Brussels, Belgium, unlocks her engineering superpowers and shows us the interests that best represent her—engineering and enjoying her outside-of-work passions. Let’s get to know her!
- What is your engineering origin story? How did you discover that engineering was your calling?
Frankly, it was purely my parents wish as they didn’t want me to leave my hometown for higher studies so I started my engineering studies in the IT stream. However, eventually I found it was the best decision of my life because then I was learning new concepts and doing projects which were exciting, and it created my interest towards programming. I ill always thank my parents and teacher for helping me discover my passion and live it.
- Nintendo or Sega?
- What would you consider your engineering-related superpower? What skill do you have that makes you stand out from the crowd?
– My previous experience with technology and people management is my superpower, which enables me to achieve some quick wins in certain areas, including RFPs, proposals and customer interactions. Apart from cloud native development, I’m also excited at the prospect of learning more about feature engineering where we can learn end to end business journeys of building digital flow.
- Apple or Microsoft?
- If you could have a comic book-inspired superpower, what would it be?
– Superman powers – so that I could fly with the speed of light.
- What excites you about your chosen career?
– I have an excellent workplace where my company’s mission aligns with my own professional values. I am excited about new skills and areas to learn and adapt everyday, matching the cutting edge technology we are surrounded with. I am working for a bank and at same time I am a customer of the same bank which makes it more relevant.
- Would you rather fly or be invisible?
– I definitely would love to fly.
- What’s your biggest passion outside of work?
– Reading, cooking, spending time with kids.
- Beach or Mountains?
- What piece of advice would you give to girls interested in STEM?
– Never leave your passion with the fear of future results. Also, keep calm and carry on engineering.