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Shoba Krishnan is an associate professor of electrical engineering at SCU. Originally from Hyderabad, India, Krishnan is the current faculty advisor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student chapter at SCU, involving them and other clubs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach in the community. She has a strong interest in the future of engineering education, and is committed to increasing the participation of women and underrepresented groups in engineering.
What made you decide to come to the U.S. and pursue electrical engineering?
My love for math and physics made me an electrical engineer. I always knew I wanted to pursue higher studies and was a very independent person. So pursuing a higher degree with an opportunity for research was something I wished to do in the U.S.
What is one of your long-term goals for increasing underrepresented groups in engineering?
I strongly believe in women in engineering and do my part in trying to contribute towards this. I have been working with girls and teachers in middle schools and high schools to run STEM curriculum that is fun and interesting. I also work with the Girl Scouts through their Girls Go Tech program.
How do you think electrical engineering will evolve in the next 50 years? Give us your sci-fi prediction.
Our race will try to be biologically and technologically the most advanced—sort of like the Borg, but hopefully in a nice way!
How do you incorporate social justice into electrical engineering?
I try to motivate my students to work on projects for the community that not only help them develop technical skills, but help make the world a better place.
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