A big part of the reason I joined Silicon Labs was the opportunity to work for Chief Marketing Officer and IoT Hero Michele Grieshaber. She possesses a strong passion for her work as an engineer, educator, marketing expert, and community leader.
In honor of this week’s #ThankYouSTEMwomen conversation on Twitter, I sat down with her and discussed STEM, the Internet of Things, and the future of technology.
I was always asking questions and I wanted to get my hands dirty and understand how things work. So, some of my favorite trips with my family when I was younger were to science museums where you can test wind resistance and find out how lightning works. I would spend hours in our basement building cities out of blocks, and then creating stories about the people and the things that lived in that city.
Engineering is really the perfect solution to having a split personality around science and creativity because the recipe for engineering contains both.
The most exciting thing that’s going on right now is the Internet of Things, and it’s because it has the power to make our lives better. All of us have a way to relate to the Internet of Things. I’m wearing one right now. These wearable devices tell me if I have enough steps in or if I have to go walk the dog again. If I’m extra-cranky one day I can look and see if I’ve actually had a good enough night’s sleep.
Just be yourselves. Don’t be who you think people expect you to be—be who you are. Several of my professors would refer to me as the “non-linear” one because most engineers are linear thinkers, but that wasn’t something that really occurred to me. I’d still get the right answers on tests, but I’d just derive them a different way.
In this world, if we’re going to succeed in making this place better, we all have to come to the table with our own gifts. It’s those differences coming together that allow for real innovation to happen.
Who is a woman in STEM that you are thankful for? Comment below.