Monika Jaskolka (Bialy)
Monika Jaskolka (Bialy) received an Honours Bachelor of Computer Science (B.Co.Sc.) degree from Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada, in 2012, where she graduated at the top of the Computer Science class. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, in 2014, and currently continues to pursue a Ph.D. in Software Engineering also at McMaster University. Her main research interests include model-based development, safety-critical systems, and software engineering principles in general.
Monika began her journey to the software engineering field earlier than usual. It was in secondary school that she was introduced to programming, and took several computer programming and engineering courses, sampling everything from website design to robotics. Wanting to experience industry, she began working as a developer in a GIS solutions institute while still in high school.
Monika went on to study Computer Science at Laurentian University. Her time there equipped her with the fundamental knowledge pertaining to computing, and also gave her the opportunity to continue to work at various organizations in co-op capacities. This included a software development position at the Canadian Neutron Beam Centre at Chalk River Laboratories, were she developed software interfaces for the spectrometers at one of the nuclear reactors there.
It was in researching and completing her undergraduate thesis that Monika became oriented towards research, and ultimately she pursued a Master’s degree in Software Engineering at McMaster University. Afterwards, she was given the opportunity to continue with a Ph.D. During her time at McMaster, she has been a member of the McMaster Centre for Software Certification(McSCert) embedded software team for the Leadership in Automotive Powertrain(LEAP) project, a collaboration between McMaster and Chrysler. Her research focuses on the refactoring of large and complex automotive Simulink/Stateflow designs, and the investigation of software engineering principles and methods in model-based development, particularly, but not limited to, automotive applications.
In her spare time, Monika volunteers with a women-run, non-profit organization striving to bridge the gender gap in technology related fields. She participates in workshops mentoring and teaching women and girls the basics of coding. She particularly enjoys introducing others to the software and computing field, and sharing her passion for all things software-related. She has attended several conferences on the topic of women in STEM fields, and is passionate about furthering this cause on a broader scope.