#5QW: Tina Stamencic
Tina was awarded the Siemens Award for Excellence in 2019. She continues her bachelor degree in Medical Informatics, and wants to create innovative tools.
Tina Stamencic left her home in Bosnia and Herzegovina to start her studies at our faculty. She was awarded the Siemens Awards for Excellence and continues her bachelor’s in Medical Informatics. Apart from that, she still wonders how many Slavic languages you can hear in Vienna.
How did you get in touch with Informatics?
My mum works in IT, and I also have an aunt who is a programmer. I kind of was in touch with it since I can remember, but my love for Informatics started when I realized what can be done with it - in the field of combining Informatics with different things, not only medicine but also economy.
What makes Informatics so fascinating for you?
It is a powerful tool to build new things, to create, to find out things that wouldn’t be possible without it. Research in the field with medicine, for example, but also building devices that we use every day. Making systems which banks or borders are working on, that is really fascinating.
Which talents should people bring along for a career in Informatics?
Patience. It is not a talent, but you definitely need patience. And having a thing for solving problems, because it is all about that. If you find it boring, you won’t be able to do it. Only if you are into that kind of stuff, it can be fun!
Why do you think there are still so few women in Informatics?
Maybe they are not so much into it at high school. And the boys keep that interest in Informatics afterwards. I didn’t have any kind of obstacles and problems, but maybe it is also a question of self-esteem since you are not so much encouraged for these topics as a girl. But TU Wien Informatics makes it possible and supports women a lot.
What makes you happy in your work?
That I got past some things that I thought were impossible. They seemed hard for me since I didn’t have that much knowledge in the field of Informatics before starting university, but I managed to do it in the end and was very proud of myself.
Interview: Claudia Vitt, 2019