I hope you underestimate me.

And, I hope that you are wrong.

I am no stranger to the underdog. This is not the first time that I will be underestimated. It is also, unfortunately, not the last. Rather, it is just another moment of deja vu.

I am also not alone in this. As a woman in STEM, this is a part of my professional experience. It is an unfortunate part of all of our professional…