To kick off our 2019 career features, we interviewed Christine Miyachi, who has almost 30 years of experience working for startups and large corporations. She also writes a blog about software architecture.
Miyachi is currently a principal systems engineer and architect at Xerox Corporation and holds several patents. She works on Xerox’s Extensible Interface Platform, which is a software platform upon which developers can use standard web-based tools to create server-based applications that can be configured for the multi-function peripheral’s touch-screen user interface. Read more about Miyachi at www.christinemiyachi.com.
Last year in late October, Miyachi participated in the “Women Making the Future” panel discussion at the IEEE Future Directions Technology Time Machine Symposium. We asked Miyachi about her work in the field of software architecture.
Advice for Women in STEM
Computer Society: What are the biggest advances to expect in the field of software architecture?
Miyachi: The biggest advances that will occur in software architecture and engineering is automation for both testing and development. It frees software developers from mundane tasks, and, more importantly, creates more reliable software through continuous test methods.
Computer Society: As a woman in tech, do you have any learning experiences you could share to benefit women just starting out in their STEM careers?
Miyachi: Believe in your abilities and hold your head high. Don’t let anyone tell you that you do not have ability.
Computer Society: What advice would you give college students to give them an advantage over the competition and why?
Miyachi: Find an open source project that you can contribute too—real world projects are often more nuanced and complex than class work. You have to figure out what needs to be done. Companies will be impressed with your contribution. This is hard to do when you also have your class work to do, so find a project you are passionate about.