The annual Grace Hopper Celebration is just one week away! Before the festivities officially kick off, we’re shining the spotlight on several Google Women Engineers (GWEs) who have been nominated by Googlers for the great work that they do and the contributions they have made as women in the tech industry.
Today, we’re featuring Sabrina Williams!
Can you share with us your role at Google?
I am what we call a Software Engineer in Test (SET) at Google. The title can be a little misleading – people often think that we focus on writing tests, but that isn’t quite true. We SETs are a specialized version of the typical Software Engineer (SWE); whereas a SWE focuses on creating products for our users, a SET focuses on creating tools, frameworks, and processes that make our engineers more productive. I currently work in the Ads Engineering Productivity group, but I’ve also been a SET on Google Cloud Print and Google Glass. Some of our focuses include code health, release efficiency, test efficacy, and designing for testability.
What do you enjoy most about being a woman in tech (or at Google specifically!)?
I have been afforded so many opportunities to meet some spectacular women who have had a positive effect on me, both professionally and personally. Just as some have served as a role model for me, I try to be a good role model for others. It is nice to be part of such a positive cycle. For example, I am currently on rotation with the Google-in-Residence program where I am teaching computer science courses at Howard University. Speaking of teaching (shameless plug), you should totally come to my talk next Friday afternoon that I’m giving at Grace Hopper on Test-Driven Development. It’ll be super fun.
What are you looking forward to most at the Grace Hopper Celebration?
Come see us at the Career Fair to find out more about the various types of software engineering roles we have available. It may be a mob scene at the Google booth, but it is my favorite part of the conference because I get to meet a ton of bright, talented women (even some future Googlers!). In fact, that’s one of my favorite things about being at Google.
To follow the fun at Grace Hopper and the lead-up to the celebration, check out Google Students on Google+ and Twitter using our #GoogleGHC14 hashtag! Stay tuned for more GWE spotlights here on our blog!
Posted by Shawn Dye, University Programs Team