My name is Camille and I aspire to…
I am beginning a new journey as a Machine Learning intern at HP Labs. I am very excited and everyone is excited for me. And all I can think about is how NOT to mess this up. But I have a lot of ideas of what I want to and can accomplish here with the resources I have. Not only am I not at just any tech company, I am at the company that started Silicon Valley. And not only am I not at any HP site. I am at the headquarters in Palo Alto sitting in the CTO office! So I have a lot of resources and I have to dig deep and go big.
But what I aspire to do has more relationship with the CTO office and less with engineering. I aspire to expand my network and strengthen the relationships I have. That will be key to my continued success here. So I’m looking to the future. And in the future I see the possibilities of traveling in space, creating bigger robots, better artificial intelligence, and that all is going to take a lot more knowledge than what I have now, and a lot more resources. I can improve my relationships by doing well on the engineering aspects, but that is just one task, there are more. I need to continue seeking out one on one conversations and trying to find a mentor in this big room of talented people will be hard. But I am glad my manager has that covered, he is going to be great to learn from! I also want to meet new people and get to know the ones that I have only met once or twice. Everyone has a story to tell, and diversity, which is something HP has, gives me the chance to hear MANY stories. This all helps me get ready for the future.
Sometimes I get questions about what I want to do afterwards, if I want to teach, become a Dean of a college or even stay in Boise. My answer is usually no. I want to go to space, make big robots and live as exciting a life of tech as possible. I think that means for me I will have to leave my hometown, in fact I am sure that it means that. However, I would not mind heading back to Boise State for a sabbatical and being the first ever Black Woman Engineering teacher at that school. That would be an honor.