About

Hello! I am Tania!

Thanks for spending your time reading this blog. Below you will find some lines that would, hopefully, give you a better idea of who I am and why I started this blog.

A bit about me

I was born and raised in Mexico City
I have lived in the UK for 4 years now, but
before this lived in the USA for a short period of time
My background is in Mechatronics and I recently completed a PhD in Materials science (computational nanomechanics) at the University of Manchester I am a passionate advocate for diversity in STEM areas I love cakes, chocolate and sweets in general I also love cats and sausage dogs! Other things that keep me busy/interested are: reading, watching films, volunteering, and travelling

What I am doing now?

I tend to keep myself busy so you will find that I tend to get involved in multiple projects at the same time. At the moment some of the things I am doing include:

  • Working as a Research Software Engineer at the University of Sheffield
  • Constantly working on this blog space and writing content
  • Act as an active member of science outreach and tech diversity organizations
  • Acting as the Diversity Chair and a talk co-chair for the 2017 UK Research Software Engineering conference (http://www.rse.ac.uk/)
  • I am also an active member of the Equality and Diversity committee of the University of Sheffield Computer Science Department
  • Volunteer at [Code First Girls](http://www.codefirstgirls.org.uk/): In fact I am the lead instructor of the Advanced Python course at Sheffield and might also join the Manchester ladies this autumn (2017)
  • Training weightlifting
  • Reading all the books I did not read while doing my PhD
  • Working on personal Data Science projects
  • Thinking about new/interesting ways to get more girls into STEM subjects (if you want to join/discuss any ideas GET IN TOUCH)
  • Trying to get better at pool and beat my SO for once

  • Set up

    Due to the diverse nature of my job I do not get to work using just one OS, or set up. This open ups multiple possibilities… and issues as well. I sometimes use an iMac running MacOs. The rest of the time I alternate between using Linux Mint or Windows 10.

    I use GitHub for version control along with GitKraken as my Git GUI. Also, I use Atom for code highlighting. Apart from these, I use a variety of applications/software on a daily basis so the requirements for each tutorial will be specified at the very beginning.

    The blog

    This website is powered by Jekyll and uses the basic layout of the Dopetrope theme, however, I ended up doing loads of changes to adapt this to my liking/personality.