On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, we sat down with one of our own engineers to lift the veil on the people building the products you love. Be sure to follow us to see more interviews and behind the scenes in the upcoming months!
Hi Laure, could you introduce yourself?
I’m an engineer in the Parrot computer vision team. I have worked at Parrot for almost 5 years. I began as an intern in the signal processing team, and got a job at the end of the internship.
Tell us about your work at Parrot!
My job is to create and develop algorithms in order to provide new features for the drones.
For example, I worked on an algorithm to detect and recognize a specific pattern on the floor. With this, the drone can localize himself and follow a precise flight plan.
How do you feel about being a woman at Parrot?
Parrot is a company with a majority of men. Only 20% of the employees are women.
As I went to an engineering school where most of my classmates were boys, I am used to it. Unfortunately, in French engineering schools, there are more boys than girls… There are less and less girls as you go into very specific branches such as computer science or automatism.
Fortunately, a woman is respected at Parrot. I never encountered any issues while working with men even if at the beginning you have sometimes to prove what you are capable of.
So what would you say to a girl whose dream is to become an engineer?
If a girl has an interest for sciences I will just say to her : “you can become an engineer, you can do it as well as a boy!“. It’s a question of will. If you trust in yourself, then you’ll be capable of doing it.
I think that lot of girls or young woman lack of self-confidence and do not dare to begin enginneering school. I think it’s a shame that girls are not encouraged enough to pursue their higher education in the scientific field. Girls tend to be better in middle and high school.
Thank you very much for your time Laure.