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Jul 11th 2014

The Missing Page To The Most Powerful Women Engineers In The World

Kicking-off the week, Business Insider published a great, forward-leaning piece outlining 22 of the most powerful women engineers in the world. At AOL, we've known all along that women in tech are an impressive and powerful constituency, and applaud BI for highlighting those who often fall under the radar.

In the spirit of celebrating women tech leaders, we think BI's headline meant to say: "Top 27 of the Most Powerful Women Engineers in the World." Luckily, just ahead of the weekend, we've located the last page of the article. Meet five bright and powerful women engineers from AOL.

No. 23: AOL, Yumei Tung

Job Title: Chief Architect

Team: AOL Advertising Technologies

Location: Dulles, VA

Why she's powerful: Yumei currently leads the team that designed and developed several tools critical to monetizing advertising revenue. Using her team's proprietary Stream Analysis Framework (SAF), which shortens the processing loop for data integration and analysis, she led the team that designed systems like real-time ad log impression/click/conversion, real-time predictive segments and real-time advertising reporting. Yumei believes that a curious mind -- coupled with the desire to take on challenges and constantly learn -- is critical to succeed in the industry.

No. 24: AOL, Christa Stelzmuller

Job Title: Chief Data Architect

Team: Gravity

Location: Santa Monica, CA

Why she's powerful: Christa brings nearly twenty years of experience to the field of Big Data. She began her career in startups -- one of which was acquired and integrated into Yahoo -- and built content integration systems from the ground up. She co-invented an enhanced text-matching method in which she holds a patent, and has a patent pending for her work on music playlist recommendations.

Christa went on to become Chief Data Architect at MySpace during its peak years of traffic, where she oversaw the data architecture of the storage systems and drove the development of a high-volume messaging system that brought transactional integrity to disparate data stores. She currently works at Gravity, architecting and managing the petabytes of data that flow from Gravity's recommendations systems.

No. 25: AOL, Jade Chu

Job Title: Technology Director of Infrastructure Development

Team: AOL Infrastructure Development

Location: Dulles, VA

Why she's powerful: Jade is responsible for crystallizing the application of AOL's internal cloud. After working as a software engineer for an ad serving and advertising campaign management application, and then a small government contracting shop, she realized she preferred the fast-paced Internet environment.

What inspired Jade to enter the industry? After her mother, originally from Taiwan, traveled to the U.S. to obtain a masters in computer science, Jade says "Mom showed me that a woman can be a needed, valued and highly recruited resource in technology."

No. 26: AOL, Jing Wang


Job Title: Senior Principal Software Engineer

Team: AOL Platforms

Location: Palo Alto, CA

Why she's powerful: Jing is the technical lead on AOL's Predictive Segments and Real-time Predictive Segments on the R&D team in Palo Alto. Under her technical leadership, Predictive Segments continues to be a growing success. Jing leads a team of highly trained and highly technical engineers who require only a top notch tech lead to have maximum impact.

Jing has been with AOL for almost 7 years – starting out as an individual contributor developing data mining and machine learning programs to architecture and subsequently, engineering lead.

No. 27: AOL, Miria Grunick

Job Title: Technology Manager, Search & Geocoding

Team: MapQuest

Location: New York City

Why she's powerful: Miria oversees the technical decisions made for the back-end systems and interfaces with business and product to ensure that products meet the specifications. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in computer science part time at NYU.

In addition to school and work, Miria belongs to NYC Resistor, a "hackerspace" in New York City and creates things on the Arduino platform, like heart-rate responsive running jackets and programmable children's toys that can evolve as the child grows older.

Dec 20th 2013

AOL NY Hosts "Women in Tech" Initiative

AOL is excited to be one of the first companies to partner with the NY Department of Education for the "Women in Tech" initiative, a new program for female software engineering students. Spearheaded by Rachel Haot, the city's Chief Digital Officer, the program aims to connect female leaders at New York tech companies with middle school and high school girls from the city's 22 pilot computer science schools.

We kicked-off the initiative yesterday, as the AOL NY office hosted a group of 30 from the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Brooklyn. The field trip included an in-depth tour of the AOL studio and HuffPost Live set, followed by an interactive panel moderated by Susan Lyne, where the girls had an opportunity to hear from several women working across different business sectors of AOL.

We believe that events like the "Women in Tech" program help girls recognize the myriad pathways available in the technology field. Students enjoyed hearing from the panel of strong, trailblazing female tech leaders here at AOL including Huffington Post, while the school reiterated that it's valuable for girls to be able to see themselves in engineering and business roles of the speakers.

Panelists included:

Emily Glatzer- General Manager, Lifestyle Brands

Sammi Leibovitz- Creative Director, AOL.com and Lifestyle

Regina Bienstock- Head of Business Operations, Marketplace by ADTECH

Rebecca Searles- Social Media, HuffPost

Anna Dickson- Photography Director, HuffPost

Alexandra Berke- Engineer, HuffPost


Whiteboarding (topic: tech/coding):

Jennifer Wenner, Sr. Tech Manager, Software Engineering

Piya Ghosh, Software Engineer, Huffington Post Media Group


Studio Tour

Lead by Sylvia Nasiadko- Production Manager, AOL studios/HP Live

Oct 8th 2013

AOL Women in Technology: Spotlight On Piya Ghosh

Growing numbers of women are choosing careers in technology, science, math and related areas, but these fields are still heavily populated by men. And while AOL's technology division includes accomplished women at many levels – including a female Chief Architect, relatively rare in the industry – the Company aims to attract even more women and is working to do so. In this special series, get to know AOL's own tech trailblazers, what they're working on and what they've learned along the way. Today, we chat with HuffPost developer Piya Ghosh.

What's your role at AOL?
I'm a software engineer with the Huffington Post Tech team. I develop and maintain front-end components of our very high traffic and ever-growing website. I also work on building new tools, platforms and tech solutions using the latest technologies to optimize the site, reduce page load time and overall make HuffPost more and more awesome every day.

What technical skills do you bring to the table?
My technical skill includes front-end technologies, including HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, jQuery and SASS and languages such as PHP, Ruby and Java. I also have extensive knowledge of SEO, cross-browser compatibility and site optimization.

One of the cool things about working here is that you learn new things every day -- new languages, new tools and new ways to make the web more appealing. I've recently started coding in Scala and learning about functional programming for one of my new projects, and I'm loving every bit of it.

What was your path to your current position?
After earning my bachelor's degree in software engineering, I started my career with AOL Member Services at our Bangalore office before moving to a team where I was responsible for supporting publishing tools. Later, I worked on different and exciting projects, such as multi-authentication testing, implementation of a web analytics tool, page optimization and the redesign and building of several AOL Lifestyle sites.

I moved on to work as one of the main developers for Stylelist.com, beginning with migrating the site from one platform to another and then redesigning it. I also worked on another redesign of the site to accommodate our Devil premium format ads. I became a part of the Huffington Post tech team in 2011. I'm also one of AOL's cultural ambassadors and proud to be a part of that team.
AOL has played a big role in making me who I am today, and I'm grateful for that. I've worked with the most amazing people in an all-inclusive and fun environment. The managers I've worked with have given me freedom and encouragement, which has made me a more responsible person and willing to take risks. They've also helped me gain confidence to become a lead on different projects. I could keep talking about the awesomeness I experience every day, but I'll conclude by saying that AOL is an inseparable part of me, and that makes me happy and proud.

What or who motivated you to go into technology?
After high school I spent about a year trying to figure out what I really wanted to do. During this period I took a computer class and started learning C. The day I saw one of my first program's logic work beautifully, I knew what I wanted to study and went to college to study software engineering. I was also influenced and encouraged by my dad who's an engineer himself.

What's one lesson you've learned that you think other women could benefit from?
I think half the battle is won when you overcome preconceived notions about becoming a woman engineer, and you have complete self-confidence. One thing I've learned is that you need to be visible, proactive and take the lead when required. Also, being a geek is awesome!

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