I'm Aarthi, here's my story!
Aspiring Leader | Learner forever | Diversity Champ | Current SWE | Researcher | Nature Enthusiast | Avid Hiker | Mom to 2 boys
Aarthi happens to be a first generation STEM graduate from a small town in India,
summa cum laude in her High School and undergrad who later went on to graduate from an Ivy League University.
From her childhood, she aspired to be a doctor but missed out on getting into a med school very narrowly
in the cut throat competition for med schools in India. So she decided to pursue her next passion - computers.
She was a highly meritorious student who stood first in her district and attended her undergrad with a full scholarship ride.
Right after undergrad, her first job was in telecommunications as a Software Engineer. She soon realized
her heart and soul is not in telecommunications, henceforth, she ventured into Healthcare joining GE Healthcare.
"At work for a healthier world", the tagline for GE Healthcare resonated with her.
She is very proud of being a part of building GE healthcare's Senographe Pristina Mammography machine. It saves human lives and she has made a small impact being part of this product from its inception to market release.
Before this product launch she was part of User Formative testing in Buc France, as part of which GE called upon technologists from various parts of the world to test this product without giving them any formal training.
One particular technologist was color blind. This was a huge eye opener for her. From being a narrow-eyed Software Developer
she started looking at everything from end user perspective. But it was not until September 2015, where she saw a live robotic arm assisted surgery in one of her job related trainings on “Intra vascular Surgery training” in Manipal Hospital, Bangalore. She evidenced how the surgeon used an ultra-smart user interface to control the robotic-arm. The robotic arm performed the surgery with micron-level incision, as it was designed for precision. This incident galvanized her intent to pursue masters in CS, with a few specialized areas like “Human computer interaction” as she believed that a marriage of advanced computing and robotic technology plus a human centered product will be the future of digital healthcare world.
Being a young mother of a toddler, she fought guilt with motherhood and ambitions, on her way to an Ivy League University.
This meant she then attended
Brown University, Providence, RI and studied MS computer science with a concentration towards Human Computer Interaction. As part of Brown, she worked as a Research Assistant in Brown HCI Lab under Professor. Jeff Huang.
After grad school she joined Microsoft Azure and starting working
as a dev in Azure Data Lake Store team. She is excellent in communication across poles, cross-collaboration delivering high quality features driving teams with differing priorities. What sets her apart is her drive to excel, lead by example, sense of ownership.
Her personal interests are growing herself to be an ever improving leader, data analytics, Search engine optimization, design thinking and product management. What makes her her is talking to people as she enjoys talking to people, getting their perspectives always striving for feedback and self-improvement.
She is highly resilient, ambitious and tenacious.
Outside work, she loves hiking in the Pacific Northwest and getting lost in the mountains. One day she plans to summit Mt.Rainier and is training for the same. Mountains and lakes give her new perspective. She is also a super busy mom of 2 boys who keep her on her toes. :)