Caryn Carlson Rothe
Caryn R Carlson Rothe
Associate User Experience Consultant, Microsoft

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As a Design Researcher at Microsoft, I get to work directly with our users conducting usability studies, ethnographic research, and generating research collateral. I work specifically within the OneNote and Education team.
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I have a BS in Human Centered Design and Engineering and a BA in Anthropology focusing in Medical Anthropology and global Health. Both degrees are from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
  • I am willing to answer written interview questions to be posted on the EngineerGirl website.
  • I am willing to participate in a conference call with a group of interested students who would like to know about my career.
Latest Questions
  • Allenatoooor, Manila

    Added Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Can an engineer have a tattoo? :-)
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    Caryn Carlson Rothe, Microsoft
    Answered Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM
    If you want a tattoo, go for it! There are no rules on whether or not a person can have body art in the engineering profession (at least for the USA). 
    However, some companies prefer that if you do have body art, that it can be easily, or at least ...
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  • Anusha, Malaysia

    Added Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    I would like to pursue my studies in Petroleum engineering.Would i be able to do that as im a girl and this course has a majority of boys.Will that be a barrier for me?
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    Caryn Carlson Rothe, Microsoft
    Answered Friday, July 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    My answer is go for it! Being a girl has nothing to do with your capabilities as an engineer. Yes, it will be difficult but not because it may be a course with more boys than girls. It will be tough because it's a STEM course and they are as ...

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  • Camaren, Rio Rancho

    Added Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Hi, My name is Camaren and I am currently a freshman in high school. I am enrolled in an Introduction to Engineering and Design class (year long class). We spent the first semester learning about building things on the computer and constraining them to move according to the other objects. Now, we are doing more hands on things with gears, motors, and conveyor belts. I have been really frustrated with this class. I know that engineering is all about problem solving and processes, but is a career ...
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    Caryn Carlson Rothe, Microsoft
    Answered Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Hi Camaren,

    You know, from your description I would probably be easily frustrated with your class as well if I was taking it (I’m not very talented in the mechanical engineering department)! I struggled through my calculus, physics, and chemistry ...

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