YWiC has come a long way since 2006! A program director, a program coordinator, and undergraduate research assistants make up the fabulous YWiC team! Each individual contributes great energy and ideas toward the overall goals of the program, so it’s worth mentioning a little bit about each person!

Current Program Leaders

Nicole Price 

Nicole is a graduate student at New Mexico State University pursuing a masters degree in Computer Science. She has worked with YWiC since February 2015 and is excited to continue as a graduate assistant focusing on Cyber Security curriculum for YWiC After-schools clubs and Summer camps. Some of her favorite activities include playing the flute, piano, guitar, ukulele, and singing. Mostly, Nicole enjoys learning new and interesting things about technology, math, and music.


Sofia Bali 

Sofia is a senior at New Mexico State University majoring in Biochemistry with minors in Computer Science, Math, and Music. She attended YWiC in the summer of 2013 and was a camp assistant the following year. Now working as an undergraduate research assistant she wants to inspire young women to pursue careers in C-STEM. In Fall 2017 she attended the Grace Hopper Conference as well as the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing. Sofia is also part of the NMSU Cross Country and enjoys running and playing the bassoon in her free time.

Angela Kearns 

Angela Kearns is a junior at New Mexico State University. She is currently working towards Bachelors of Science degrees in both Mathematics and Computer Science. Angela joined the YWiC team in August 2015. She is a Crimson Scholar and a recipient of the prestigious Conroy Merit Scholarship at NMSU. Between classes and her work with YWiC she stays pretty busy, but she also enjoys dancing, specifically ballet, in her free time.


Sasha Smith 

Sasha is currently a sophomore at New Mexico State University studying Electrical Engineering. She is a Crimson Scholar as well as a recipient of the Honors Excel Scholarship. Having attended Young Women in Computing (YWiC) as a camper in the summers of 2014 and 2015, Sasha had the opportunity to be a camp assistant for the summer of 2016. Through these camps, she realized that she has a love for the learning environment. Sasha is working as a research assistant for YWiC and is extremely excited to have the opportunity to learn from others as well as share her own knowledge. She had the opportunity to teach Raspberry Pi/Python and Cybersecurity the summer of 2017. Teaching has taught her the most because it gives her the experience needed to verify her grasp on a concept. Sasha enjoys being a part of the New Mexico State University Women’s Choir.




  Gabi Hernandez 

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Kami Otero De Owens 

Kami Otero De Owens is now completing her sophomore year at New Mexico State University and is pursuing her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science. She is a new member of YWiC and will be leading after-school programs and the non-competitive robotics team in the Spring of 2018. She is also a leader during the Summer Camps in 2018. Some of her favorite activities include volleyball, belly dancing, and playing all sorts of games. Kami enjoys her pursuit of learning about computers, their ability to solve problems, and how they can change the world. 

Sikta Swarnav Das 

Sikta is a freshman at New Mexico State University. She is a Crimson Scholar and is working towards a Bachelor of Science in both Computer Science and Mathematics. This is her first semester as a program leader with YWiC and she is extremely excited to be part of a team which inspires young women to pursue Computer Science as a career. She is also a work-study student and works as a web designer at Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the university. She loves Harry Potter and dogs!

Vensan Cabardo 

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Current Administrative Staff

Clara Graham – Program Coordinator

Clara Graham earned her Bachelors degree from NMSU in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Science. She is currently working towards her Masters in Business Administration at NMSU. Clara is a former 7th grade Science Teacher and is extremely excited to be coordinating the Young Women in Computing program! 


Dr. Enrico Pontelli – Program Director

Dr. Enrico Pontelli is the program director for Young Women in Computing, as well as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at NMSU. He was the PI on the original NSF grant that established YWiC in 2006, along with several other members of the faculty and staff in NMSU Computer Science. Dr. Pontelli received a Laurea (Bachelors) in Computer Science University of Udine, a Masters Degree in Computer Science from University of Houston, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from New Mexico State University. Dr. Pontelli has been recognized as a Regent Professor at NMSU, one of the university’s highest honors bestowed on faculty members.




Past Superstar YWiC Staff


Analyssa Martinez Fall 2016-Fall 2017 

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Kassie Lamm Summer 2017-Fall 2017

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