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 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.
Angela Kearns is a senior at New Mexico State University. She is currently working towards a 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 is currently a junoir 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 is a Sophmore at NMSU, and is extremely excited to continue to pursue her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Computer Science, and potentially work towards a minor in Digital Forensics. In her free time, Gabi practices martial arts and nurturing her cacti.
Kami Otero De Owens
Kami Otero De Owens is now completing her junior 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 sophmore 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 is a sophomore at NMSU. She is pursuing a double major, Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor’s of Science in Math. Vensan was selected to spend the Fall 2018 semester taking classes at Google! You can read more about this program here.
Current Administrative Staff
– Program Coordinator
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
Sofi Bali – Attending Graduate School at UT Dallas. We will you the best!
Analyssa Martinez Fall 2016-Fall 2017
Kassie Lamm Summer 2017-Fall 2017
Nicole Ray is currently a Systems Analyst with the NASA White Sands Test Facility
Sam McGuinn is currently a Software Engineer with Cisco
Samira Pakravan is currently working on a Doctorate Degree
Noor Muhyi is currently working on a Masters Degree
Esperanza Medina is currently a Software Engineer with Go Daddy
Susana Bali is currently an intern with El Paso Electric Co., and just completed a semester exchange in Spain
Tasha Nesiba is currently a Software Engineer with Google
Janie Chen is currently a Software Engineer with A9.Com