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Perla F., 23 – FUNDED

Originally from Lebanon, Perla F. is now pursuing her master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. This New Face of Tech winner’s career aspiration are out of this world, literally! She wants to work in biomedical research for NASA, with a focus on investigating the potential for human life in space, across various planets and galaxies.

What does being the New Face of Tech mean to you?

It means embracing innovation, breaking barriers, and inspiring other women to envision a future where technology is inclusive, diverse, and positively impacts lives. It signifies taking a leading role in shaping the technological landscape with creativity, passion, and a commitment to making a meaningful difference in the world.

Women are underrepresented in STEAM. How can we change this?

We can change this by championing policy adjustments that foster gender equality within institutions and hiring companies. Additionally, we can empower young women by providing support and encouragement to pursue their dream careers. It’s crucial to provide networking opportunities, mentorships, and outreach programs to further facilitate their professional growth.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

I have encountered difficulties in the process of coming to the U.S. from overseas to pursue higher education. Additionally, I have faced numerous obstacles securing internships for the summer.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I reinforce my sense of purpose, my objectives, and the reasons behind my journey. I remind myself that the time that has passed is longer than what is yet to come.

How will funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund and HARMAN help you reach your goals?

This financial support will cover conference expenses, allowing me to connect with professionals in my field, discuss business prospects, explore job opportunities, and showcase my research. It will enable me to network and grow in a supportive women-in-STEM environment.