One Positive Interaction – Sara Lestage
Sara Lestage has been working as an electrical engineer at IBM, Vermont for over 15 years. While there, she has worked on some of the most advanced microchips of their time. Currently, she works on a chip used in IBM Watson, which is a question answering super computer that grew to fame by competing on Jeopordy! Since then Watson has been used for many wide-reaching causes including Oncology with the hope of creating more specific treatments for cancer patients. She is proud that IBM supports Women Can Do because she believes that one positive interaction with a role model or event can help students decide on a career path. Before IBM, she got her B.S. in Electrical Engineering and has master’s work in Engineering management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before that, she grew up on a farm in Illinois attempting to build robots in her basement.