Sejal Mehra - Senior, Computer Engineering
Tell me a little about yourself...
I am currently a senior Computer Engineering major and Entrepreneurship minor, graduating in Spring 2021.
I spend a lot of my time encouraging and supporting the next generation of underrepresented scientists and engineers through my work as a Lead Mentor with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) Peer Mentoring Program, executive board member for the Society of Women Engineers Chapter, and serve on the Council for Student Advisors to the President (COSA). I have also had extensive professional experience with companies such as Viacom (now ViacomCBS), Microsoft, and littleBits.
Outside of technology, I create murals and art pieces using recycled computer and engineering components that can be seen around campus in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the WISE Honors Program, located in the Light and Heavy Engineering buildings, respectively. My largest piece is an 8x13 feet mural, known as Luna the Future that is a representation of what it truly means to be a female in engineering today. My vision behind the piece was to show the connection between technology and arts, and bridge the two together to show the creative, imaginative side of art and the technical, analytical side of technology. Below you can find some of my other pieces!
In my free time, I enjoy traveling, watching movies, 3D printing, grilling, and spending time with family, friends, and my pet fish.
What made you start creating art from recycled pieces?
In most of my laboratories, I see the potential of the components besides the ones known, which is one of the reasons I could not wait to create my art pieces, especially Luna. My art combines technology and art together to show that engineering can be creative too, in different ways. Most of my pieces use components such as resistors, capacitors, CDs, and anything that comes out of old computers, phones, or anything I can take apart. I actively create new art pieces which can be seen throughout WISE and ESE/ECE departments as well as on my Art Instagram @sejmehrart.
Do you have any advice for other undergraduate women in WISE?
My advice to WISE students is to not give up, even if it gets tough. A career in STEM not only opens your mind to the unimaginable, but also to opportunities to do much more and go far beyond. It will definitely be hard at times and push you to your limits, but it is 100% worth it because you’ll overcome any obstacle or hurdle in your path! I would tell them to continue to be resilient and brave in pursuing a career in STEM because it is not as scary as most make it out to be. It can be very rewarding!
What is your favorite part of the WISE program?
My favorite part about being in the WISE program is all the amazing like-minded females (students, mentors, professors, guest speakers) I have had the opportunity to connect with. From my freshman year to my senior year, I have created amazing friendships with my fellow female engineers and scientists and would not have met them if it weren’t for WISE!
What do you want to do after you graduate?
I am passionate about the field of engineering/technology and hope that one day could be in the c-suite to lead a company to change the lives of the medically disabled and to break stereotypes of female leaders in technology.