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Women Who Reign: Daniella Niyonkuru

“I may be wearing makeup, but I can throw a fastball by you at the same time.” – Jennie Finch
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Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I grew up in Burundi, a beautiful country located in the African great lakes region of East Africa. I was not planning in getting into computer engineering at all and then I realized I could do anything with it. Today, I am a system software specialist and work on software that runs on huge flight simulators. I love being involved in activities that encourages girls to pursue STEM careers. I enjoy dancing, jogging and skating in my free time. Fun fact: I tend to grow attached to the projects I work on and end up nicknaming them. Then, of course I talk to & about them as if they were people. Meet baby bot, one of the robots I worked on during my master’s.
BabyBot

What # would define your life journey?
#RiseAndShine I’ve learned that what matters the most is to always rise! Rise every time you fall, rise to realize your dreams, rise to get work done. It all starts with rising and bringing your little sparkle to the world!
RiseAndShine

Favorite website / app:
Quite hard to choose only one of each!
Website: codecademy.com  – I recommend it if you want to learn to code.
App: Shazam – I am a music lover!

Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted (if any):
My mom! She is amazing and such a hard worker; I don’t know how she does it! She thought me how to be independent, always strive for excellence, and have a positive attitude.
Arizona

Song that makes you want to dance:
One of my favorites is Tightrope by Janelle Monae … I’m still tippin’ on it six year after the song came out!

Technical challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
One of the technical challenges I’ve faced was during my third-year engineering project. I was working at a company and my task was to design real-time software that was going to replace an obsolete hardware method. The solution had to be platform independent and deliver results within 100 ms. I remember that my first results were in terms of seconds; and it seemed that the only way to get milliseconds was to be platform dependent. That was until I thought about the problem from a different perspective. I ended up using an injection method (totally felt like a hacker) and exploring video gaming techniques. And tada! Got results in less than 10ms. The software is still used by that company today.
RoboticArm

Ideal Job:
A mix between Tech CEO and R&D Innovator – a position where I can have an impact, and make significant contributions to the field and the world!

What knowledge would you impart to women in order for them to REIGN their lives?
Be bold, work hard, and be so good they can’t ignore you! Realize that you have something unique that you bring to the table and don’t be afraid to be yourself. Always, always believe in yourself especially when no one else seems to! Have fun and make things happen! Finally, give back and help others along the way; it will empower you.

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