Each woman nominated for a feature interview answers a few short questions about IBM and her career. Here’s what Vanessa has to say about working at IBM.
What is your biggest accomplishment at IBM?
My nomination to Distinguished Engineer last year, in recognition of my career accomplishments and contributions to IBM.
Can you describe an interesting project?
I am so excited with my current project! I am working in collaboration with IBM Research in a genomic analytics solution, initially target to cancer treatment. Our cloud based solution receives sequenced tumor samples and uses comprehensive medical literature to identify relevant mutations and potential drugs. It’s like doing a “root cause analysis” to identify what is causing the cancer for a particular patient. It’s also a step towards personalized care, where cancer treatments are tailored to the patient.
We recently announced a partnership with the New York Genome Center to test this solution.
Has IBM opened the doors to any new experiences for you?
I started my career in IBM Brazil and I was transferred to IBM US in 1999. Living in a different country either for a short or long period is an enriched experience. In IBM you often have the opportunity to experience different cultures and countries.
What advice would you give to our new IBMers?
If you are innovating, sometimes you will succeed and sometimes you will not. Don’t be afraid….embrace challenges and learn from each experience.
What makes you proud to be an IBMer?
The innovations we bring to our clients and to the world. For a quick overview, I suggest this video made in 2011, when IBM completed 100 years: http://youtu.be/39jtNUGgmd4