NEXT guest speaker and UofT alumni amongst Canada’s 50 most inspiring women in STEM
May 10, 2018
Alumna Inmar Givoni, an autonomy engineering manager for Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group in Toronto, says computer science is a field that grew on her over time.
“In high school, I took computer science as well as advanced courses in physics, chemistry and math,” says Givoni, who earned a doctorate in computer science from the University of Toronto.
“I chose to study computer science and computational biology for my bachelor’s, thinking this would be a great segue into a career in neuroscience. Somewhere along the way, I bumped into machine learning and was immediately captivated.”
Givoni is one of 50 Canadian women celebrated on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Monday as part of an “Inspiring Fifty” group of women in the Canadian tech and innovation sectors.
Seven other U of T alumni made the list:
- Foteini Agrafioti (Next Founders Alum), who earned a PhD from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, is chief science officer at RBC and head of Borealis AI, RBC’s research institute in artificial intelligence
- Elizabeth Caley, who earned an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, is chief of staff at Meta, an AI company that is now part of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative whose mission is to organize the world’s scientific and technical information
- Ariel Garten, who earned a bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Arts & Science, is co-founder of Interaxon, maker of an award-winning brain-sensing headband, who studied psychology, philosophy and biology at U of T.
- Natalie Panek, who earned a master's degree from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, works in mission systems at MDA’s robotics and automation division
- Aashni Shah, who earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Faculty of Arts & Science, is CEO of non-profit Elixir Labs and a software engineer at Square
- Irene Sterian, who earned a bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, is the founder, president and CEO of a not-for-profit tech organization, ReMAP
- Kirstine Alexandra Stewart, who earned a bachelor's degree from U of T Mississauga, is TribalScale’s president and chief revenue officer