Ayanna Howard

IEEE Senior Member, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society

Q1: What inspired you to become an engineer?

What inspired me to become an engineer was my fascination with a show called The Bionic Woman, a mid-70s TV show about an injured woman who gained extraordinary powers through artificial limbs. I decided then and there, in middle school, that I wanted to create bionic limbs for people, too. I planned to go to medical school, but I soon discovered that biology—especially dissecting frogs—wasn’t my ideal cup of tea. Then I was advised about engineering and realized that, if I became an engineer, I could do exactly what I wanted to do and build robots of the future, without the squeamish stomach.