Adriana Beal
Adriana Beal
Senior consultant, cloud optimization, Cloudwiry
Austin, TX

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  • Describe what you do in your current work situation.
    I perform research on new technologies, and elicit and manage requirements for consulting client organizations, mostly in the financial and telecommunications industries. It's a job in which I have to first understand the business problem, and then propose technology solutions to solve them.
  • Why did you choose engineering?
    I was told that engineering school would teach me how to learn anything! Also, Math and Physics were my favorite disciplines in High School, and I like the combination of theory and practice that engineering offers, along with the fact that our profession revolves around problem solving.
  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    I attended the University of Brasilia, located in Brazil's capital and consistently ranked as one of the top 5 public universities in Brazil (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Brasilia). Later I specialized in external control (financial and computing audit), and got an MBA in IT Management.
  • What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
    Activities typical of a researcher (studying technologies and proposing new solutions), and also of a business analyst working in the software development (data modeling, functional requirements analysis, process modeling, defining metrics and key performance indicators, etc.).
  • What do you like best about being an engineer?
    The opportunity to interact with very talented people, both from the technical and business worlds. Being a problem solver allows you to work along with many people from different areas, and learn from these experiences.
  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    Having two books published in Brazil on the subject of IT management that have had several reprints and are adopted by several high education institutions: www.editoraatlas.com.br/Atlas/webapp/resultado_busca.aspx Only a few books are selected for publishing by the same mainstream editor each year, and when my first one made the cut, it was the only one not written by a PhD professor.
  • What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    I can't say I had many challenges. I was lucky to have parents that cared about giving the best education to their children, and showing them the value of studying hard. This helped get me accepted by a prestigious engineering school funded by the Brazilian federal government, and opened many doors in my career.
  • Please tell us a little about your family.
    I'm married to another Engineer (we met at school). He is an accomplished engineer who has won awards for solutions he created for telecommunications companies in Brazil, and is now finishing his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh: www.cs.pitt.edu/~apf75/
  • What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    I tend not to make plans! I thought I would be an electronic engineer working on development of electronic devices all my life, but after 2 years working in this field, new challenges presented themselves and I became an information technology consultant. The only important short- and long-term goals I have are to keep learning about different aspects of work and life.
  • What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
    My husband is my inspiration. Being "part of a team" means that you no longer think exclusively about yourself. For example, I love working and living in NYC, but my husband doesn't, so we are planning on relocating to a place were both can be happy while continuing to work on what we like to do for a living.
  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    Don't let negative remarks about your gender or abilities affect you. When I was in engineering school, I applied to an internship at an electrical power company and heard from a senior manager that it was not "the right field for a woman". I didn't give up, and had an amazing experience working as an intern for another department of the same company.
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    Doing community work is one of my passions. I am currently working on a new project (http://projeto100.org) helping underprivileged children in Brazil get the education they need to escape poverty.
  • Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    I play the piano (Brazilian tangos and Tom Jobim), and my favorite author is José Saramago, a Portuguese author.
Biography
Adriana Beal is a native of Brazil living in the U.S. since 2004. Her educational background includes a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA with emphasis on strategic management of information. Adriana started her career designing electronic circuits for data transmission devices, and then spent 18 years helping companies in the IT, telecom, and financial industries improve their operational performance and achieve the expected outcomes from complex software projects. Recently she has been working in cloud optimization, helping organizations using public cloud infrastructure control costs without sacrificing performance relative to computing, storage, and network resources. Adriana has two technical books published in Brazil, and work internationally published by IEEE and IGI Global.
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Education
MBA in Strategic Management of Information (FGV Management) B.Sc. Electrical Engineering
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
Latest Questions
  • Ethan Sombke

    Added Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    Questions I would like to ask: What is your current career title? Where are you currently employed? How long have you been an engineer? Why did you choose to become an engineer? What type of education did you need to have to become an engineer, and are you still in any current education or training program? How many hours do you usually work in a week? What is the most enjoyable aspect of being an engineer? What high school courses may help me prepare for this career? What advice would you give ...
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    Adriana Beal, Cloudwiry
    Answered Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 10:15 AM
    Answering in two parts because of the 2000-char limitation.
    
    PART I
    
    > What is your current career title?
    Senior consultant, cloud optimization solutions.
    
    > Where are you currently employed?
    Cloudwiry, a company that offers cloud optimization ...
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  • Belle, California

    Added Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 2:40 AM

    Hello— I am interested in computer science/computer engineering. I am a senior. My school doesn't offer AP com sci, or any viable classes that teach coding. I am afraid I will get to college and everyone will already know many coding languages. Is it ok to go into my major with no prior experience, or should I try to take classes @ community college next summer? It's just it would be my last summer before college and it seems a bit much to spend it studying. Of course though, I don't ...
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    Adriana Beal, Cloudwiry
    Answered Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 2:40 AM
    Hi, Belle,
    
    It's great that you're thinking ahead how to get a good start when you get to college. I'll divide my answer to your question in two parts:
    
    "Is it ok to go into my major with no prior experience?"
    
    Yes, it's perfectly fine to start a ...
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  • Cleo

    Added Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    I was wondering what exactly is the Daily routin of an engineer once they leave their house. Do they go to a certain place and if they do where? My main question is what does a computer Enginner do at work all day does she just work on one computer all day or many? Im so new to this all Please break this down for me
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    Adriana Beal, Cloudwiry
    Answered Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Hi, Cleo! As with other professions, the routine of a computer engineer may vary a lot depending on the industry she's working on, whether she's doing research or product development, and so forth.  As an example, I'll share the routine from one of ...

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