Jan 06, 2020 - Heather Dewis
Last month, San Diego: Life. Changing. ambassador Di Le sat down with Luke Wasyliw on the Waz Up San Diego podcast to chat about her current work at Brain Corporation and her favorite parts of San Diego life. Read on to see the highlights of their conversation.
Di Le is a Principal Robotics Product UX Designer at Brain Corporation. Located in the growing tech hub of Sorrento Valley, Brain Corporation automates existing manual machines to supplement human tasks in floor care and material handling. Di leads product design for both software and robots to make the technology accessible to end users.
"It's very important to me that whoever I work with, the mission is making the landscape of technology and lives for people better," Di says of her work at Brain Corporation. The company doesn't just make robots smarter. "It's empowering people who want to make and use robots as well," she says. "That's Brain in a nutshell."
Besides the region's stellar Mexican food, Di loves the strong Chinese and Vietnamese culinary presence in San Diego neighborhoods. She recommends steamed pork buns at Tasty Noodle House, handmade noodles at Shan Xi Magic Kitchen, and steamed rice cakes at Pho Ban Mai. Plus, a special shoutout to San Diego's Little Italy – and the stellar pasta found at Mona Lisa!
For Di, the best part of San Diego isn't just the weather, the food, the minimal traffic, or the centrally-located airport. It's the nice people in found every neighborhood.
"I think San Diego is a really cool city," Di says. "I think it's one of the coolest cities in the world."
Podcast host Luke Wasyliw agrees. "That's why I started Waz Up San Diego," he says, "because it is such an amazing city and there are so many awesome people."
And besides a great team at work, Di found another community...in race-car driving. She cites the many welcoming autocross communities in San Diego, including the BMW Car Club – one of the few organizations that allows non-BMW drivers to participate in races. "Literally the nicest group of people I've ever met that are just huge car enthusiasts," she says.
When Di first moved here, she thought she'd eventually end up in another city like San Francisco or New York. "It's been over ten years and I haven't left. It's really hard when you're here...because it's a place unlike any other."
You can listen to the full conversation here.