March 21, 2017

Anne Aaron: A Filipina Listed as One of the Most Powerful Engineers

Anne Aaron

In a male-dominated city like San Francisco, a Filipina excels in the field of engineering. She is Anne Aaron who was listed in the 43 Most Powerful Female Engineers in the US during National Engineering Week last February 19-25, 2017.

She’s an alumnus of the Philippine Science High School batch 1994 where she first showed her inclination and expertise in technology and science. Aaron took her undergraduate degrees on Bachelor of Science in Physics and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering graduating as Valedictorian and Magna Cum Laude from the Ateneo de Manila University.

She acquired her Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

If you are a fan of Stranger Things and Narcos in Netflix, then you will surely be amazed to our kababayan. Aside from being at the 32nd spot of Business Insider, she is also the current Video Algorithms Director at Netflix.

“She leads a team of software engineers and research scientists. They make the software that enables more than 86 million Netflix members worldwide to watch streaming with the best possible quality.” Business Insider stated.

Anne Aaron first showcased her knowledge as a Senior Software Engineer for Video Codecs at Cisco Systems, the world renowned technology titan. Afterwards, in 2011 she started in Netflix as Senior Engineer and proceeded from there to her present position. Since then, the global streaming service’s video algorithms of the company evolved to create a more user-friendly access to all devices that supported the service.

“You need content that is representative of how movies are made today,” Aaron told Variety in her 2015 interview. She explained the reasons for their refusal to take any production shortcuts even if it meant getting a helicopter, instead of a drone, to record a moving car on camera.

In 2016, Netflix’s Video Multimethod Assessment Fusion, an algorithm released as an open source project that permitted the company to give customers crisper footage with lower bandwidth. One of the developers of the project is Aaron. Later, “Meridian,” was released to the public. A film produced as test footage to allow numerous firms to run tests with it and improve their video codecs or streaming services.

Indeed, Anne Aaron is another proof that women and Filipinas can shine in the world of science and engineering.

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