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Carolyn Lesser

Carolyn Lesser


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Carolyn's work combines: Engineering, Education, and Learning / Being Challenged

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Day In The Life

Director of Engineering

I lead a multi-discipline engineering team that creates inclusive online learning experiences.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Midlothian High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Computer Science

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Computer Systems Engineers/Architects:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Computer Science

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Found a love in sports, especially soccer, and enjoy the teamwork and friendly competition.

  • 2.

    Challenge accepted: I built a bridge out of tongue depressors and glue that withstood my weight.

  • 3.

    Cut from JV basketball and became the manager - immersed in a world of stats and data.

  • 4.

    Then I took a Pascal Programming class and I LOVED creating programs that solved problems.

  • 5.

    Went to an engineering expo and hidden in the back found the Computer Science major. I'm Interested!

  • 6.

    I interned at Microsoft, and fell in love with designing and engineering SOFTWARE.

  • 7.

    Volunteered teaching tech to 4th grade Girls computer club. Took many tries to explain Y2K bug. 

  • 8.

    Found a team that combines 2 loves: SOFTWARE + LEARNING.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    You won't be able to install this. You won't figure it out.

  • How I responded:

    Not all assumptions are true. You'll never know unless you try and in many cases there's a wealth of resources from your own intuition and ability, to online communities, to your friends that will enable you to succeed. Don't allow others to paint you into a corner or dictate your capability.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • When you're the minority, it can feel lonely and isolating. One of only 4 out of 100. You're probably the trail blazer. Look for the common threads (passions, hobbies, etc.) outside what makes you the minority to connect rather than divide.