'What I Learned at My Software Internship'
We first met Kalyna Reda at the Grace Hopper Celebration in 2017. Here's her story
July 10, 2018
My mother’s a coder, my Aunt is a coder. You might say coding is in my blood. As a young girl growing up in New Jersey, I figured out how to get to the html section of my Tumblr account and learned how to make my page more visually attractive. Little did I know, I was coding!
How I Helped Hospitals Ditch the Documents
I never imagined I would be a software engineering student with a soon-to-be published iOS application before graduating from Monmouth University. The app solves a major problem for hospitals--data collection. It’s a very manual, paper-driven process. My app automates submission procedures, reduces paper consumption and introduces fun elements to motivate people to complete those forms via their mobile device.
It’s a huge time saver, greatly improves accuracy and is great for the environment. I’m proud to say the app won the Dean's award at the University's research conference. I feel really good about creating something that impacts the world for the better. It also helped me land a scholarship to the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC). As a result of attending the GHC, I scored my first corporate gig at Honeywell.
My Corporate Story
At Honeywell, my mentors are helping me build a great career as I continue to network and establish more connections. I’m excited about my current projects, all revolving around making work simpler. I have created process bots and chat bots to automate workflows, accomplish tasks and answer users’ questions. This ties into how I learned about the Honeywell User Experience (HUE), which is the team here that focuses on products and processes with the end user in mind. They help develop solutions leading to greater customer satisfaction. Along with my work in automation, I want to be able to make the user experience as great and seamless as possible.
Working here on challenging and fulfilling projects, along with my mentors, has inspired me to become a mentor. I have been teaching my 13-year-old female cousin how to code. She tells me about the coding clubs and projects at her school. Mentoring middle school girls has really opened my mind.
As a woman in technology, I am passionate about being a role model for young female coders. I plan to continue mentoring others and will hopefully play a role in changing the technology work culture in the future. Sharing my experiences will hopefully lead others on a similar path to mine, by landing an internship with a company as amazing as Honeywell. Mentoring will continue to be my lifelong mission.