Maryalice Wu: Women in IT

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In honor of Women’s History month, we wanted to highlight the accomplishments of remarkable women working in IT!
We interviewed some great talent from key units across our campus.

headshot of MaryAlice Wu

This is Maryalice Wu, the Director of Data Analytics at the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL). When she’s not overseeing statistical and data consulting, surveys on campus, and other measurement and evaluation activities, she’s an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. I had the pleasure of asking her about her field, her work, and advice she has for women interested in a career like hers!

What drew you to your field?

During my graduate studies I took a position as a statistical consultant and found that I really enjoyed working with people helping them understand how to use technology to further their academic goals.

Can you tell me about a project you’re super proud of?

One of the most influential projects I have worked on was a federal grant for our local community to install broadband infrastructure. Through a collaboration between the University of Illinois and the cities of Champaign and Urbana we collected data to qualify for the federal Broadband Technology Opportunity Program, successfully earning our community a grant for 22.5 million dollars. 

What advice do you have for women interested in a career in your field?

One thing that has had a large impact on my career is being willing to take on projects that were a bit outside of what I typically do. I have found that doing these types of projects has not only opened areas for professional growth, but has also allowed me to work with new people and make new connections. My advice is to say yes to new projects while keeping in mind your day-to-day job responsibilities.

The U of I has a number of groups for women in technology. Check them out!