Preetam Mullur - Team Lead, Physical Design Group

Today we celebrate the influence of a world-renowned mathematician who is credited with being the world’s first computer programmer. Working with another early computer pioneer, Ada Lovelace created the first known algorithm and, as a result, made a significant contribution to the world of technology. ARM is a proud sponsor of Ada Lovelace Day and as part of the celebration, we're featuring a few of the many women that help drive the engineering community at ARM.

Q: What’s your full name?

Preetam Gopal Mullur

Q: What’s your job title?

Team Lead

Q: What you have been up to today?

Building cutting edge products!

Q: How and when did you first get interested in a career in technology? Have you always worked in tech?

When I was around 10-12 years of age. A few of my aunts and uncles were engineers. They used to get some amazing gadgets and I would be always awed by them. Looking at those gadgets I got interested in technology. Plus the fact engineers are highly respected in society. These things made me decide I wanted to become an engineer.

Q: What were your favourite subjects at school and why?

Maths and Science!

Reasons for Maths -- Interesting and easy to learn, easy to score as well.

Reasons for Science -- Lab Experiments are very interesting. There was logic and reasoning for everything. Coding was fun too .the world of "0" and "1" is interesting. You can make lots of funny things with your electronic kit.

Q: Who was your favourite teacher and why?

My all-time favourite teacher has been my Math teacher. She made the most difficult concepts so easy to understand. She gave us really tough challenges where we would compete with each other to win. She instilled love for subject. She would take us for several competitions to give a platform to see where we were with our peers in other schools.

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?

Building products that impact the lives of other people, breaking barriers using technology.

Q: ARM sponsors HackLab, who follows what they call the 'Hacker Code'. Which one is the most important to you and why?

Go Find Out - "I don't know" is not an answer. "Let's find out!" is what hackers say.

Keep exploring and we will figure it out!

Q: Women face many challenges in the technology industry but also bring many strengths. What do you think is the best part of being a woman in tech?

Attention to Detail and Multi-tasking. Women are well-organized and detailed and can usually handle doing a lot of things at once. Intuition: From my experience, women can often tap into other people’s needs faster and more effectively than men. Women can often pick up very subtle clues about how the people around them are feeling.