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From Haiti to Silicon Valley: How Merline Saintil made her way

By all traditional estimates, Merline Saintil was not destined for success. Growing up as a poor girl in Haiti, she never dreamed of working side by side with world-class engineers and leaders in Silicon Valley. But, one afternoon at a career fair changed everything.

From that spark of inspiration, Merline went on to pursue a BS in Computer Science at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and an MS in Software Engineering Management from Carnegie Mellon. In late 2000, she moved to Silicon Valley to work for Sun Microsystems as a software engineer supporting Forte for Java. From there, she honed her craft at Adobe, Paypal, and Intuit. Merline realized she had a passion for coaching people and began to seek out leadership opportunities.

When asked what project brings her the most pride, Merline reflects back on building the software that propelled jet engines while working at Pratt & Whitney. She is humbled by the level of seriousness around those products, where lives were at stake. Continue reading

Haitian Times

Haitian Times

The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.
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November 3, 2018

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “From Haiti to Silicon Valley: How Merline Saintil made her way”

  1. People grow poor financially in Ayiti but rich culturally and with a particular strength derived from our history to be successful.

    Growing up poor in Ayiti (Haiti) is not a handicap. It is a different brand of poverty.

  2. Jc says:

    I’m reading this tears, I’m so proud of you sister. Black-Haitian woman, majored in computer engineer- triple win. Congratulations, with a big Giants buddle of love&joy!

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