Mackenzie aspires to become an engineer to give back to those who aren’t as privileged. This desire to give back spans from animals and the environment to a desire to alleviate poverty. Originally from BC, she now studies at the University of Toronto in robotics engineering, and she absolutely loves learning. It was her grandfather who first opened her eyes to how fun engineering could be, showing her pictures of him climbing up to fix overhead power lines. Now at Google, she has the opportunity to jump into a different kind of fun and excitement by helping to prevent malicious ads from being on the internet.
Source of inspiration: Michelle Obama inspires Mackenzie, and one quote that resonates with her, especially as a woman in engineering is, “I tried not to feel intimidated when classroom conversation was dominated by male students, which it often was. Hearing them, I realized that they weren’t at all smarter than the rest of us. They were simply emboldened, floating on an ancient tide of superiority, buoyed by the fact that history had never told them anything different.”
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