Pooja Voladoddi was born in Bijapur, India, in 1991. She received the B.Tech degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India in 2013. She received her M.S degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California in 2014, where she specialized in vision-based robotics and machine learning. She has held research intern roles at USC Institute for Creative Technologies, Robotic Embedded Systems Laboratory, USC and Nvidia, working on projects related to robot navigation and 3D scanning hardware. Since 2015, she has been working in the AI/ML software industry in Silicon Valley. As part of Knowles Intelligent Audio, she helped ship Keyword-Spotting systems for consumer mobile phones. As part of Cisco, she worked on voice wake-up system and data pipeline for enterprise meeting devices, and in addition, shipped call control and notification features for Cisco 730 series smart headsets. Currently, as a part of McD Tech Labs, she’s working at the intersection of speech recognition, natural language understanding and software to help bring intelligent experiences to hundreds of McDonald’s drive-thrus in the USA. Pooja is also a part of the Global Shapers community, working with the Palo Alto chapter to help the local community prepare for ramifications of the fourth industrial revolution.