Dilruba Malik

Bangladeshi migrant who went from supporting her family at 21 years of age to becoming an engineering leader in Silicon Valley

Dilruba is a Software QA Manager, at Palo Alto Networks leading the IoT Security QA team. Dilruba has extensive experience in hands-on end-to-end software testing as well as leading and managing engineering teams. She has worked for both large and startup companies including Microsoft, Cisco, RetailNext, and Hitachi Vantara.  

Dilruba has graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. She also completed her MS degree in Engineering Management and Leadership from Santa Clara University. Dilruba is active in Women in Technology networks, speaking at events, and inspiring people. She enjoys acrylic painting and traveling in her free time.

Background:

Dilruba is a woman from Bangladesh in a very rural area. When her family migrated from Bangladesh, she did not know how to speak English.

She started working various odd jobs to support her family and elder siblings since she was 21 years old.

Her younger brothers were busy with their education so Dilruba worked day and night to make ends meet and, at the same time, she graduated from Georgia Tech with an Electrical Engineering degree. It was not easy for her.

Dilruba shares her experience about how she started her career on $5 per hour and from that now leads an engineering team at a cutting-edge technology company in Silicon Valley.

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