Mihaela Grigore

Engineer, entrepreneur and lifelong learner

PARIS, FRANCE
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP & EDUCATION

CURRENT: PEDAGOGICAL ENGINEER AT BIO SENTINELLE  View More

EDUCATION: PARIS DESCARTES & CRI PARIS  View More

Personal Details

  • Nationality: Romanian
  • Location: Paris, France

ABOUT ME

My main drive is a positive impact on society. This can take many forms throughout my work.

A former software engineer, I was drawn to the study of the human mind and graduated from a Research Master in Cognitive Science while also holding two full-time research positions at two of the Netherlands’ highly ranked research institutions.

I returned to the industry, this time as an entrepreneur. I co-founded two sustainable businesses that deal with production and remanufacturing of hardware equipment because I believe in turning back the e-waste tide.

As I became increasingly aware of inequalities and lack of opportunities caused by lack of access to quality education, I am currently dedicating my time towards a change in education. I am particularly interested in models that can be applied in Southeast Europe and models suitable for at-risk communities too.

SKILLS & LANGUAGE

START UP
BUSINESS
ECOMMERCE
STRATEGY
MANAGEMENT
PRODUCT DESIGN

Technical Skills

  • Programming: Java, C/C++, Python
  • VUI design: Amazon Alexa ASK
  • Web front-end: JavaScript, HTML, CSS
  • Web backend: PHP, Node.js
  • Web server: Apache, IIS
  • Game Engines: Godot
  • Hardware prototyping: Autodesk EAGLE, Arduino, 3D Printing
  • Database: MySQL
  • OS: Windows, Linux
  • Data analysis: SPSS, R, MATLAB, Python

Languages

  • EnglishEnglish:Proficient
  • SpanishSpanish:Basic
  • FrançaiseFrench:Basic

PORTFOLIO


EDUCATION

EXPERIENCE

FromMar 2020ToPresent

Bio SentinellePARIS, FRANCE

Pedagogical Engineer

I work on a project called Studio Traversée, which is an education initiative aimed at adolescents considered to be at risk (school dropouts, refugees). Studio Traversée offers training in Game Design.

I have two main roles here: I work in the pedagogical engineering team and I am also conducting a marketing study in order to decide on the growth strategy of Studio Traversée for the following year.

FromMar 2017ToPresent

Mission to OnduBUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Co-Founder

Mission to Ondu is a non-profit organization whose aim is to promote the prolonged usage of consumer electronics in order to reduce waste. We organize events and workshops where we invite people to bring their broken devices and we empower them by teaching them how to diagnoze and fix them, when possible.

FromJan 2015ToDec 2015

PopUp StreetBUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Co-Founder

I teamed up with two Romanian architects to create, manage and grow an online platform and community for facilitating the short term rental of commercial space (the so called pop up shops) as a means to address two problems: the underdevelopment of creative industries and the regenaration of abandoned urban space.

The idea was received with enthusiasm by potential tennants, but our in-dept marketing research showed the landlords not to be ready for this model of property rental. We did not succeed in securing the funding for the amplre marketing campaign that became clear was needed and we decided to shut down Pop Up Street.

FromApr 2014ToPresent

Mura Car AccessoriesBUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

We design, manufacture and refurbish in-vehicle infotainment equipment. I am involved in company management, online and offline marketing, but also in hardware engineering and product design.

We started as a product development company and as we got acquianted with the level of unjustified electronics waste in the field of automotives we developed to a remanufacturing company.

FromFeb 2014ToPresent

MopticsBUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

We supply educational institutions with remanufactured multimedia equipment, suited for their notoriously low budget.

FromSep 2012ToSep 2013

Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and BehaviourNIJMEGEN, THE NETHERLANDS

Research Intern

Cognitive Artificial Intelligence Group. I conducted research on improving auditory perception of a non-native language by means of EEG-based neorofeedback.

FromJan 2012ToJul 2012

Netherlands Institute for NeuroscienceAMSTERDAM, THE NETEHRLANDS

Research Intern

Vision and Cognition Group. I conducted electrophysiology research on mouse primary visual cortex with the final goal of uncovering similarities between the mouse and the primate brain.

FromNov 2010ToAug 2011

Oracle CorporationBUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Technical Analyst

I provided resolutions to technical issues with Oracle products to company’s clients in the EMEA region.

FromSep 2009ToOct 2010

RadcomBUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Software Developer

Designed and developed web applications, involved in all steps, from requirements gathering to training customers in using the final product.

FromMar 2008ToSep 2008

Critical SoftwareCOIMBRA, PORTUGAL

Software Developer

I was part of a team developing a real time operating system commissioned by the International Space Agency

FromJul 2007ToDec 2007

Freescale SemiconductorBUCHAREST, ROMANIA

Software Developer

I designed and implemented software tools for verifying the correct functioning of new hardware produced by Freescale.