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Tech-Like-Me
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The advancement of technology continues at the speed of light, accelerating time and the creation of social and mobile solutions beyond our wildest dreams. As fast as technology evolves, however, it is imperative that it includes the thought and brilliant solutions of those traditionally underrepresented in the industry.

With Tech Like Me, Ford Fund celebrates African American's who have blazed trails in the tech industry with fearlessness and flair; and provided insight and information about careers in the tech industries.

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Ken Washington

Who Am I

Dr. Ken Washington
Vice President, Research & Advanced Engineering and Chief Technology Officer
Ford Motor Company

What I do

Lead global team of scientists and engineers responsible for developing and delivering new capabilities and differentiating technologies for our products and services. I also serve as the company’s Chief Technology Officer with the responsibility to lead and oversee the development and implementation of our global technology strategy. This includes tracking and proactively responding to emerging technology trends, forging strategic relationships with the broad technology community, and nurturing our company’s talent base to keep pace with game-changing technologies.

What Tech means to me

I have been doing technology research and development my entire adult life, so technology means a lot to me personally and professionally. On the personal front I aggressively seek and embrace the introduction of technology to enhance the quality of my life. This includes trying new things as an early adopter and being willing to fail and learn from those failures. Technology has a prominent role in my life to enable efficient, entertaining, safe, and high quality experiences. On the professional front I am energized when I see technology make a difference to the success of our business. This drives me every day to bring my best self to work, to challenge my team to take smart risks, and to lean into the development and advancement of technology required to delivery our business goals in now, near, and far time frames.

What Skills are needed to succeed in my field

The most important thing one needs to be successful in my field are the traits of curiosity and passion. You definitely need to have a strong core of mathematical reasoning, logic, and a fundamental understanding of the laws of physics. A college degree in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics will provide the core necessary skills required, but to truly thrive a person will need to layer on top of these core skills a healthy dose of curiosity, a desire to never stop learning, and a passion to understand how things work or how you can make things better.

What advice do I have for someone who is interested in my career field

Start by taking courses in school in science and math. Go beyond what is in the textbooks and the classrooms by reading about new technologies. Try them out and learn how they work – at least conceptually. Commit to being a lifelong learner, starting with teaching yourself a new skill at least every year. This can be anything – such as how to program a computer in a new language or how to knit a sweater. The act of learning will build curiosity muscles that need to be strong to be successful in the field and advanced research and technology development.

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Ken Washington

Who Am I Melissa

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What I do

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What Tech means to me

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What Skills are needed to succeed in my field

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What advice do I have for someone who is interested in my career field

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Laura Weidman Powers

Who Am I Laura

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What I do

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What Tech means to me

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What Skills are needed to succeed in my field

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What advice do I have for someone who is interested in my career field

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