Claudia Galvan
Claudia Galvan
Technical Advisor, Early Stage Innovation

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  • What I Do
    I am a part time independent consultant working with startups in Silicon Valley helping them launch their products internationally. I am also a part-time doctoral student researching strategies to increase the pipeline of women in engineering.
  • Why Engineering?
    I always thought I would become an economist like my parents, however, after a Career Day event, where an software engineer explained what he did, I became very interested and decided to pursue this career. Growing up I played with Legos but did not have enough Math background to pursue the career. After studying a lot, I was able to graduate with top honors from my university.
  • School Days
    I have a Computer Science degree from Anahuac University in Mexico City. A MSc in Program and Project Management from Golden Gate University in Monterey, CA and I am a doctoral candidate at Drexel University.
  • My Day At Work
    When I was a junior programmer I used to spend a lot of time coding, as I grew in the organization, coding became less. As a development manager I was more focused on product design, project management and people management. I have used these skills in technical product and project management roles. My specialty has been in software internationalization, what this means is enabling products that can be used in international markets. I am in a more strategic role now working with startups who are looking to launch products internationally, helping them with their overall product strategy from the business and engineering side.
  • Best Part
    I have worked on products that are used around the world by billions of people. I consider problem solving the most interesting part of my job. The more complex the better. I like the ability to exercise my analytical and technical skills to innovate and solve big problems.
  • Proud Moments
    There are many, I was responsible for enabling the first version of Oracle Tools product to use a back then innovative way (Unicode) of enabling the product into many different languages. I also worked on the underlying technologies used by Adobe products to work on different languages and markets, as well as the Adobe Updater and Download manager that are used in every single device around the world. I worked on Windows Live products to reach 48 languages in 165 markets and I have helped startups launch their products internationally.
  • Challenges
    Being an engineer is not easy, it requires passion and a lot of work. However, I have always loved my job and have not worked a single day of my life!
  • My Family
    My family is incredibly supportive of all my efforts.
  • Dreams and Goals
    Continue to develop global products and help increase the pipeline of women in engineering.
  • Inspiration
    My mom was a working woman who taught me to be curious, work hard and aim high.
  • Want to be an Engineer?
    Find your niche and passion and use it for good!
  • Additional Thoughts
    I always see challenges as opportunities, enjoy the ride!
  • Hobbies
    I volunteer on helping increase the pipeline of women in engineering every opportunity I have. From giving presentations in schools, to leading workshops and mentoring. I also enjoy hiking and read lot, I have about 2000 books!
When I got my degree Computer Science degree in Mexico City, I never imagined that I will be working in Silicon Valley. I build software products that are used by billions of people around the world. My job has allowed me to travel and meet people in many different countries. Working as a Computer Scientist you work in teams, creating cool products that help people in their day to day lives. My favorite part of being a computer scientist is that you are always learning and pushes you to be better every day.
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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 conduct a video interview with an interested student for posting on the website.
Latest Questions
  • Aalaya, Mumbai

    Added Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 4:29 AM

    Hello, I will be going in 8th grade in the next 2-3 months. I want to be a computer or software engineer. Can you give me some tips on how to start preparing it from now itself. Like, learning a new language or focusing on particular subjects or topics, and also how to get admission in a good university like the Indian Institute Of Information Technology, as I am from India. Also, can you suggest some good books for the same, for 7th or preferably 8th grader. Thanks!
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    Claudia Galvan, Early Stage Innovation
    Answered Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 4:29 AM
    Hi Aalaya
    Congratulations on your interests, first make sure you start taking Math and Science in 8th grade specifically Algebra I. I am not familiar with the specific IIT requirements, make sure you review those and align your classes accordingly. You ...
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