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BreezoMeter Celebrates 2020's International Day of Women in Science

Amalia Helen

Today we’re excited to mark the 2020 International Day of Women and Girls in Science at the BreezoMeter Headquarters!

We agree that science & gender equality are essential for a future of innovation and problem-solving across all technological and scientific fields and we don't ever think gender should be a barrier that stops a person from learning new skills or pursuing a career they love!

Q & A with BreezoMeter's Female Scientists

We're lucky to have an extremely strong team of data scientists and algorithm experts at BreezoMeter. We asked some of our own female scientists about their career journeys so far and what advice they have for young girls and women interested in pursuing a similar path:

Shaked Friedman-Katzir - Senior Algorithm Engineer

 

I am part of the Algorithm team at BreezoMeter - we're focused on improving algorithms and models. My routine includes researching academic work, combined with writing code in Python. We use data management and machine learning tools which enables us to  inspect large datasets and test various new and existing air quality models.

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How did you come to do what you do now? Why did you choose this path?

I've always loved the life and earth sciences, especially biology. At university I studied environmental engineering which is a very "wide" degree - it included courses from many fields, such as the physics, microbiology, ecology, atmospheric sciences, and others. During my time at university I also learned to write code, and found out that I enjoyed it very much. The experience I got in coding and my interest in atmospheric science brought me to work at BreezoMeter.

In your opinion, which changes, if any, are needed  to attract more women to science & open up possible careers as future scientists?

Encourage girls to study science at high school and to get certificates and qualifications in these fields. Expose more girls and women to coding at a young age!  I always imagined it was something I wouldn't like, until I got the chance to learn it properly and put my skills to use.

Do you have any advice for young girls interested in entering scientific professions?

Do what you love. If it's interesting to you - it's worth the effort!
 

Roni Mendelsohn - R&D Team Lead

 
I am a team leader in the R&D team,  a core team consisting of software and environmental engineers, and software engineers that work behind the scenes to develop BreezoMeter’s own systems.
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How did you come to do what you do now? Why did you choose this path?

I started at high school and never looked back. I think computer science is the perfect field for anyone who enjoys solving problems. As a software engineer you get to come up with solutions to diverse problems on a daily basis.

Do you have any advice for young girls interested in entering scientific professions?

Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you want, it doesn’t make you look less smart. Confident people ask questions in order to improve themselves.

Tamar Yacobi - Algorithm Engineer

 

As part of the Algorithm team in BreezoMeter, I work on the scientific aspects of our product – air pollution. This is a huge title for many different projects, including: air pollution modelling, air pollution health effects, research tasks, algorithms development, and many more.

How did you come to do what you do now? Why did you choose this path?

I always had an interest in environmental problems and how to solve them, which is why I studied environmental engineering. I found the air pollution problem to be the one that was really important to me, mainly because we have to breathe the air around us and can't choose to avoid it. As a result, during my MSC studies I focused my attention on air pollution, and when graduating, looked for a place where I could do something meaningful that was connected to the subject. For me, working at BreezoMeter is the best way to raise people’s awareness of the air pollution hazards around them and help them to improve their health.

Do you have any advice for young girls interested in entering scientific professions?

Science has many aspects, and so much of is interesting. Finding the subject that makes you passionate, and study and work in that field, can really make your life interesting!

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