The Peruvian engineer who fulfilled her dream of working for Google and carrying out projects for the Latin community in the United States | Stories of CE | Certificate

Rosalva Gallardo can be a great professional pianist; However, entering a word processing course – in the 1990s – changed the course of her life. Later, this Peruvian engineer became software director at google browser And he made his dream come true: to work there Silicon Valley. However, the path was not easy, but he did not lack motivation.

After discovering her profession, Rosalva decides to study Computer Engineering In the PUCP, the place where he realized very early would be a minority, surrounded by a large number of male colleagues. That didn’t stop him from moving forward with his goals. “I remember mentioning one of the teachers Silicon Valley She asked, “What is Silicon Valley? So they tell me that’s where the big tech companies are. I started to investigate a little more and I said, “I want to work there.” And I remember my friends who were next to me saying, “Yes, no? “When the odds are still slim

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Despite the people’s doubts, Rosalva remained resolute. He first worked in the IT department at his university (creating an admissions results publication program) and then at Novatronic, where he was able to do something he loved: leading teams. There he created a program for telecommunications companies. He did this until he was motivated to research a specific topic: how to improve the software process to increase quality.

At that time, he was the future engineer of google browser I decided to apply for a doctorate abroad. “When I applied to university, people said to me: Do you know English? I said, “No, but I’ll learn.” Also (they told me) if I know someone there to enter, they offer me a scholarship: “You have to meet people there”. I’ll say ‘I don’t know anyone, but if I don’t try, how will I know?“”.

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Rosalva did her best to study English and take college exams with the program she loved the most. To his surprise, the University of California ended up offering him a full scholarship to pursue a PhD in Computer Science with Software Engineering. This effort has paid off. “I put everything in two bags and went to the United States to get my doctorate“, remember.

Silicon Valley: a dream come true

As part of the scholarship (or “scholarship”), the first year of the Peruvian engineer worked as a teaching assistant, the second year was devoted to correcting practices and exams, and the third year was a research assistant. “This covers the university allowance, other than that they gave me an allowance that I could use to support myself. So it was a great opportunity that I decided to take advantage of“.

However, the culture shock she felt was not to be underestimated: she lived alone, her companions were American or from different parts of the world, and the language was a barrier. “I remember that in the first year they asked me to read two books, one of which was on the philosophy of science, that is, complex reading. We must have read it over a weekend. Guess I could only read half a word because I had to look up at least 10 words in the dictionary. I went to class I told the teacher and she told me to keep tryingAnd Rosalva Gallardo kept trying. At the end of his doctorate, I was able to write two books in English.

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At that point, life presented her with options – offers – and she chose the path that led her to Silicon Valley: to work there. Intel company. They spent five years managing software quality for one of the world’s largest technology companies. At this time she also started her projects Peru And Techsuyo, which aims to bring Peruvians and Latinos closer to the technological environment of this region. It was precisely thanks to the mention of a member of the Peruvian community that Rosalva reached Google. “He said, why don’t you apply? I applied to google and entered“.

Working at Google was one of my dreams because of the number of tools and the impact the products have on all of humanity. I really like their culture‘, says the Peruvian engineer. She had the opportunity to lead a team of people from all over the world as part of The philanthropic side of the internet giant. In addition, he uses 20% of the time that the company gives him on his various projects. Currently, she is also one of the directors Welcome, the Latin community on Google.

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Gallardo has co-edited one book and wrote another, both on programming. It was available on Amazon. (Personal profile)

Being a woman in technology

Rosalva Gallardo notes that she has never felt excluded among her colleagues in the profession. However, the truth is that his case is unique: Women who work in the field of Technical They are still in the minority. “I went to college for women and they were all women. And suddenly when I got into college, most of the people were men.“said the engineer.

Today in the United States, where diversity and numbers are so great, she realizes the important role they play. She is one of the women who represent Google as “Technochica‘: Motivate girls to take an interest in technological issues through workshops.

It is important to start sharing this knowledge with girls because sometimes there are stereotypes. For example, sometimes a girl wants to fix a radio and parents prefer their little brother to do it. Why not? If a girl can do that too‘, he reflects. This is undoubtedly one of the subjects that must continue to be promoted.

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PeruSV and Techsuyo: efforts to bring the Latin American community together in the United States

It is a community born in 2015 with the aim of bringing together all Peruvians who have worked in technology in the United States. “There are very few Latinos working in technology and innovation. In search of the community, I went to the Peruvian Consulate in San Francisco and asked where the Peruvians working in tech were located. The consul said to me: “Two other people asked me exactly the same thing, why don’t they meet and talk?They later met and were the founders of PeruSV.

“Our main goal is to create a knowledge bridge between Peru and Silicon Valley to reduce the knowledge gap that exists in Peruvian and Latin American society. “ The community therefore decided to meet every four months and it grew gradually. “We’re starting to meet more people who have worked at Intel, on Facebook, on LinkedIn, on AirBNB, people who have their own startups. It was an amazing thing to feel the energy with which all Peruvians come together, it is simply indescribable“.

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The Peruvian community in the United States meets once a year in Techsuyo.  In 2019, a version took place in Lima.  (Photo: broadcast)
The Peruvian community in the United States meets once a year in Techsuyo. In 2019, a version took place in Lima. (Photo: broadcast)

When the community decided in 2017 to hold an annual conference to bring Latin Americans together in the United States, it emerged . “At first we thought we had about two hundred people. And they said to us, “But who organized such a thing? They wouldn’t have staged it, but if we hadn’t tried, we wouldn’t know. So we decided to try“.

In 2017, Techsuyo took place at Stanford University. In 2018, the location was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The experience was amazing, plus the community realized that 50% of the 300 people who attended the conference were Peruvians. “The conference is free, but people have invested in the future. So we decided to do it in LimaAnd so, in 2019, Techsuyo had a version at the Liceo Naval. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the version was virtual.

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What is coming 2021? “This year, we will do it in a hybrid way. It will take place in person on October 15-16 in San Mateo, California, and will also be streamed live on our YouTube and Facebook channels.“.

Before saying goodbye, Rosalva leaves a few thoughts for all those who want to follow their long road to Silicon Valley: “I would recommend overcoming your fears. In all these stages there are always internal and external sounds. So go ahead, give it a try. There will be a lot of people who will say that you can’t help but try. The truth is when you try to be like magic, right? So many amazing things are happening“.

To agree: Techsuyo This year it will be face to face and virtual. It will present different topics: artificial intelligence, data analysis, startups, topics for tech companies, how to get funding for entrepreneurs, how to get a graduate degree abroad, how to conduct different types of research, women in academia, etc. To participate you can enter .

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