Top Engineers Are Sharing Their Backgrounds On Twitter, And The Results Are Unexpected

Computer engineering doesn’t solely have to be the purview of computer science engineers.

It didn’t appear so following the backlash against Susan Mauldin, the head of Equifax’s data security. Equifax is one of America’s three major credit card reporting agencies, and last week, hackers had managed to gain access to the sensitive information of 143 million customers. Fingers had been pointed at Mauldin following the leak — it had appeared that she only had two degrees in Music, and no formal education in computer science. People had been hinting that the lack of a proper background in tech made her unsuitable for her job, and thus contributed to the leak.

Twitter, though, was having none of it. As soon as the backlash against Mauldin began, top engineers began sharing their own educational background under the hashtag UnqualifiedForTech. And it yielded some surprising results.

This Apple engineer, for instance, said that he had no computer science degree, and had a BA in Journalism and Advertising.

The VP of Engineering at Firefox also chimed in. He said he only had a high school diploma, and never attended college.

There were even film majors who were working in tech.

A Microsoft Edge engineer said she had no formal degree, and was an award winning cartoonist.

 

Some people were self taught.

And some had some very interesting educational backgrounds. There was someone who’d studied religious studies.

Someone else had degrees in Rhetoric and history.

This data scientist had studied Medieval History.

And this devops engineer had studied philosophy.

 

And this cybersecurity author had studied French and German.

Some engineers had dropped out of college..

While others had dropped out of high school.

 

And Twitter marveled at how diverse computer science really was. Computer Science is supposed to be one of the hardest fields to get into, and Indian students would be familiar with their parents’ entreaties to keep getting high marks right from school in order to break in. But as this little online experiment showed, it’s possible to do well in computer science with virtually any background. A formal degree will help, of course, but no one is really unqualified for tech.

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