Claire Maternaghan

”LIFE HERE AT GOOGLE IS CRAZY – IN A GOOD WAY”

Hi Claire! How is life at Google?
Hey! Life here at Google is crazy – in a good way!

Tell us about a normal day at work.
A typical day at work involves a quiet breakfast in the cafe, before settling down to wade through the morning emails. Then it’s straight into code, bug fixing, reviewing others code and then some meetings dotted around. There is always good chat in the office, fun problems to solve, and plenty food to eat!

Why did you decide to become an engineer?
Becoming an engineer just sort of of happened… I always loved programming when I was younger and choosing to study software engineering at university just felt like the right choice. I was fortunate to have a passion for something I could then do as my career.

Where and what did you study?
I studied software engineering at the University of Stirling in Scotland. I was there for 8 years, doing both an undergraduate degree and a PhD. My PhD was about home automation and the software engineering challenges it faces.

What is your best memory from your years at the university?
I loved my undergraduate days, camping out in computer labs surrounded by friends coding together with no responsibilities!

Finally, how would you convince a young a female to study engineering?
I wouldn’t convince a woman into engineering unless it was her passion to program. If anyone loves doing something then they should peruse it, and any added challenges that gender may bring shouldn’t even feature in the equation. But for the record: engineering is for everyone!

Thank you!

[This interview was created the 14th of februari, 2013]