Nicole Kosoris earned her Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Southern Polytechnic State University and her BA in Mathematics from Thomas Edison State University. Here she shares a little about her career and the inspiration behind it.
What is your specific area of STEM?
How would you explain your STEM field to young girls?
I make games that help doctors diagnose medical conditions. I also make tools that use your thoughts to control things, like quad copters.
What traits might a child possess that may indicate an interest or aptitude for your STEM field?
Determination! Problem solving ability. A desire to build, with or without instructions, or design/plan. An interest in science fiction or fantasy. Creative play with toys where they overcome challenges or build things.
What did you know about your STEM field when you were a child?
I knew nothing about my field as a child. I had some exposure to computers, but didn't regularly use one until High School. I was strongly discouraged (often) from pursuing interests or careers in computing.
Why did you choose your STEM field? Were you inspired by someone?
Because I loved books about magic, and programming is basically real-world magic spells.
What are some really cool things that people in your profession work on?
My projects are pretty cool. I build virtual reality games to help doctors diagnose medical problems like concussions or Alzheimer's. I also get to fly quad copters with my brain.
What inspirational message would you give young girls to inspire them to pursue STEM?
If you're passionate enough about anything, you can make a career out of it. Find what makes you happy to do, and then do it.
Thank you for contributing, Nicole!
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