Sameena Shah
Ms Sameena Shah
Senior Research Scientist, Thompson Reuters

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  • Describe what you do in your current work situation.
    We develop large scale optimization algorithms that can perform well on problems of interest. Optimizing means finding out the best possible set of parameters.
  • Why did you choose engineering?
    I had the option of changing things which may not be possible in some other fields. I need not remember a lot of things, just a few basics and then use them to understand the rest! Somehow it seemed easy to me, i never had to put in a lot of effort, rather even after putting in a lot of effort it never seemed like i had been working.
  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    I did B.Tech from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Mtech and Phd from IITD.
  • What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
    My work involves a lot of thinking. I first decide what problem interests me. Then I find out the state-of-art solutions for it and think about their potential problems. Next question is, what can I do in my capacity to improve on it. Then I implement my ideas in software or try to prove them mathematically. Finally I write a paper that describes the whole method. Paper writing in itself is very interesting, because you are selling your ideas and you have to support every claim of yours.
  • What do you like best about being an engineer?
    Its fun to understand logic and relatively easy to make a change. Just an algorithm can change the whole world (for eg. Google).
  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    I am proud of every paper that I publish
  • What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    The biggest challenge that I face currently is managing home along with work. Trying to learn how to balance both.
  • Please tell us a little about your family.
    I have a very understanding husband who is also a computer engineer.
  • What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    Short term: Finish Phd, Get a job Long Term: Establish a company
  • What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
    My father
  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    Go for it! Its very satisfying!
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    Paper writing in itself is very interesting, because you are selling your ideas and you have to support every claim of yours.
  • Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    Basketball, debating, organizing events.
Latest Questions
  • Precious, Graduate from Lagos asked Sameena Shah, Thompson Reuters

    Added Friday, May 2, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    What would be your advice to a fresh graduate of electronics and computer engineering who because of poor education he had received could not fit in to the labor market?.... How do I become professional in this field?
    Related to Computer, Electrical, Internships & Jobs
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  • Atul, Pune, India

    Added Friday, April 19, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    I am searching for a suitable branch of Engineering for my daughter. The usual trend in India is to go for Computer/IT Engineering. I wonder whether there is (or will be) saturation in this field. I mean very soon no jobs will be available for these people. Is there any other filed that has good job prospectus in India? How much saturation is there for Computer/IT Engineers? Thank you. Atul
    Answers 1
    Sameena Shah, Thompson Reuters
    Answered Friday, April 19, 2013 at 3:16 AM
    It is hard to predict long term trends, but I don't think there will be job saturation in CS at least for the top talent. I think you are right, the trend is shifting, and while jobs that are abundant right now will probably saturate. But more jobs ...Read More
  • Rabia, Pakistan asked Sameena Shah, Thompson Reuters

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    I want to know how is the work environment in software houses for females. Is there any kind of discrimination with women or not? e.g. to give the programming part of the system to the boys and designing and other management work to females? Is that true?
    Related to Opportunities/Challenges for Women, Software, Work Environment
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    Sameena Shah, Thompson Reuters
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    The work environment in software companies is thoroughly professional. I have never faced or heard about any discrimination of this kind. I would say that nowadays software companies are the best place for women to work in. One is not required to run ...

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