Women in STEM careers

By Sylvia Lu

I started my career as a DSP Engineer about 10 years’ ago and have been contributing to the cutting-edge wireless technologies with chipset and module vendors in the Telco industry through varies roles, including research, development, project management, global standards, and technology strategy.

It is truly exciting being part of this dynamic and fast-moving industry in which I can use my competencies and at the same time be challenged to create innovative solutions for the next generation wireless systems, including 5G, for various verticals. Being able to play a part in designing technologies and global standards that will ultimately end up in products and improve our lives and society makes my job exciting and fulfilling at the same time. I have been involved in defining global standards for the cellular Internet of things (incl. NB-IoT) – which have now been deployed globally over billions.

Since 2017, I was elected and became one of the first female Board Members and Directors of Cambridge Wireless (CW). As part of the Board, I champion D&I and advise initiatives including a Tech‑for‑Good impact innovation program with the goal to tackle global social challenges and address four of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. I gave talks to local schools and spoke at IEEE Women in Engineering Leadership conference, empowering next generation female engineers, and champion the importance of humanity and empathy in creating a connecting world.

In addition, I serve on the UK5G Innovation Network Advisory Board, support the development of the UK as a global leader in the development and adoption of 5G, as well as provide impartial, industry-focused, independent advice to DCMS on its future plans for 5G development.

I was a DevelopHer TechStar award 2017 winner and was recognised as an Asian Women of Achievement Award finalist in the Science and Technology Category, an award that recognises and celebrates Asian women across the UK and across industries, who are making a valuable and important contribution to British life.

I am passionate about encouraging more women with talents into STEM, as I believe that if we want to see more representation of women in the STEM industries, we will need to empower aspiring girls, all the way through school, university and into senior leadership roles. Together, we will unleash girls’ power in all its dimensions and ensure that their full potential is realised, generation after generation.

I feel truly grateful to be surrounded by inspiring role models, some of which are incredible women working in tech and woman entrepreneurs. There is so much that still needs to be done to get more women into tech and STEM, and sometimes, just having a mentor to guide you and share their lessons can make all the difference! It is my great pleasure to be part of the LEAP network to start this journey, LEAPing into the future of diversity and inclusion.

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