Nisha AmthulNisha graduated from the MSc Communications and Signal Processing course in 2009. While at Imperial she worked in the Student Union shop, but now helps to sell a different kind of product, as Senior Product Marketing Manager for Data Security Products at Thales. Nisha is responsible for developing effective marketing strategies and plans to communicate the features and benefits of new products to customers and partners.

Why did you choose Imperial as the place to follow your interest in STEM subjects? Imperial was listed in the top ten best universities in the Times Ranking 2008 to pursue a career in STEM. Also a degree from Imperial is highly valued by employers across the world.

"I'm proud because Imperial helped shape me into the responsible, independent, educated young woman I am today."

How did you find life at Imperial as a woman? A lot of fun! Meeting people from different countries, making friends for life and discovering new interests: these are the things that I loved the most.

What did you learn during your time at Imperial, in class or out? To use a systematic and iterative procedure to solve any problem- be it technical or life related.

Who inspired you at Imperial and why? My fellow classmates. Everyone had a different way of solving the same problem, there was no right or wrong way. This instilled a passion for problem solving within me.

What is your fondest memory of your time here? Celebrating my graduation at the Royal Albert Hall with my family. The most beautiful thing in the world is to see your mom smiling, and knowing that you’re the reason for the smile!

How has what you learnt in the Department helped you in your career so far? It made me a more rounded individual. I felt ready to enter the adult world of work.

What have been your career highlights and challenges? · 10 years of experience in increasingly responsible roles within product management and product marketing · Responsible to drive a new security SaaS offering from concept to a profitable business · Recipient of multiple team awards for delivered differentiated solutions to customers that resulted in business growth.

What are your career plans for the future? Grow in the field of data security, make it to VP of Marketing or GM of a business.

What advice would you give to women students starting a career in the sector, or girls who are thinking about studying STEM? Keep going – you can do it! It is often hard, but if you work hard and do the best you can, it will work out. Your path might not be the same as you expected or hoped, but keep going. The universe has a way of getting you to where you are supposed to be.”

What makes you proud to be an Imperial alumna? I'm proud because Imperial helped shape me into the responsible, independent, educated young woman I am today.

What one word or phrase would you use to describe Imperial alumni? Great minds think alike!