March 24, 2014

Successful Woman Computer Scientist Addresses Imposter Syndrome

Impostor syndrome is the frequent feeling of not deserving oneâs success, and of being of a failure despite a sustained record of achievements. Highly successful people often experience it throughout their careers, especially when they are members of a group that is underrepresented in their professionâsuch as female scientists or engineers. In every job Iâve had in the last 25 years, Iâve been the first woman to hold my positionâhead of computer science and dean of science at the University of British Columbia, dean of engineering at Princeton, and now president of Harvey Mudd College. As my career progressed, so did the intensity of my feelings of failure.