When Winchiu talks about deploying technology to change lives, an infectious smile lights up her face.
She knows first-hand how gratifying it can be to make a difference. There was the Facebook message she received from a young man in Nepal, effusively thanking her for his IT career. She had taught him how to use computers when she was in Kathmandu, volunteering with Engineers Without Borders as a college student.
More recently, through Accenture corporate citizenship partner CivicAction, Winchiu helped seventh- and eighth-grade girls from Toronto think about smart-tech solutions to problems plaguing their inner-city neighborhoods. The experience opened a window for the girls on how to be their own change agents.
“It was just so powerful,” Winchiu recalls.
At Accenture, Winchiu, a senior manager, brings that same combination of engineer training and a passion for changing lives.
A graduate in electrical engineering from Carleton University, she applies design thinking to problems facing her clients in the transit and transportation industries–sectors that are struggling with aging infrastructures even as exciting new technologies emerge.
Her team’s latest idea: Can drones be used to assess the condition of aging bridges, rather than risk the safety of workers going in?
“At Accenture,” she says, “that’s one example of how we’re using this really cool technology to improve urban life.”