Lizzy Peers

Community Leader and Program Advisor

I would not be where I am if I listened to the people who doubted me or told me my dream were unrealistic – my response was always the same, “It will exist for I will create it. Just watch.”

My Story

As a kid I was always curious about everything that existed, I continuously asked questions. As I grew up, I would read my fact finder book over and over memorizing it cover to cover. I didn’t grow up with gaming consoles or computers and I rarely watched TV, I was creating with anything I could get my hands on. From sticks and stones to paints and clay, I would create and imagine all these wonderful things. As I went into high school my love for maths and physics became more prominent and through my continuous thirst for more knowledge, I learnt that I loved quantum physics and that’s what I wanted to pursue as my career. 

When deciding on my career path I was unable to deny that I need the freedom to create weird and wonderful things while applying my love for maths and physics – hence I chose to do electrical engineering with a minor in quantum physics. This blossomed into my career goal of researching and developing nanotechnology. Throughout my degree, I spent my time learning robotics and programming, which allowed me to complete my undergraduate thesis in machine learning.

 I found out about the YWLIAI camp through uni while completing my thesis. To my surprise I was asked to come to the 2019 camp as a mentor, however, I am forever grateful for the opportunity to mentor and help the ladies I interacted with. Through YWLIAI I made networks within the industry and have been able to take steps in the direction I want for my career. After the camp, I wanted to help the YWLIAI program grow and help touch the lives of many more people.

As a community leader for YWLIAI I wish to help the industry embrace the new emerging technology that is being developed; to teach the future generation that the future of the tech industry requires them to be malleable and to adapt quickly. I wish to help the community understand that this future will mean technology will be largely embedded in our lives and that it is not something to fear but to embrace. I want to inspire people and show them they can have a future in tech whether or not that have grown up with it. Technology is not just for a group of select people – it is for everyone.

I want future generations to know that you CAN be an artist and an engineer! As being an engineer means you are creating works of art. 

That’s what technology is – it is a work of art.

I would not be where I am if I listened to the people who doubted me or told me my dream were unrealistic – my response was always the same, “It will exist for I will create it. Just watch.”