Data Automation & Technology Analyst
Department of General Services, Baltimore City
As a trained chemical and biomechanical engineer, Melanie Shimano is passionate about using technology to improve people’s lives. As a data analyst for the Baltimore Department of General Services, she interprets data to develop innovative solutions to make the agency more efficient.
Shimano piloted Code for the City, a technology career program that places a Baltimore high school student in an internship with the department to help solve a real-world agency issue. She also teaches other employees how to code.
Shimano founded the food computer program to help Baltimore public school students understand how they can use technology to design solutions for community challenges, such as food deserts.
“I am able to use my expertise in technology and human-centered design to not only scope out and understand problems, but also to implement solutions that will solve existing challenges,” Shimano said. “I want to live in a world where people are excited to participate in school, work and civic engagement, and through my work, I head and implement initiatives to help build this future.”