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 Undergraduate Research Assistants
Nicole is a senior at New Mexico State University and is pursuing a degree in Information Engineering Technology. She is also working towards a minor in Music and a minor in Mathematics. She has worked with YWiC since February 2015 and recently conducted lessons plans for SNAP! and EV3 Robotics at her first YWiC summer camp in 2015. Nicole attended the 2015 CAHSI Summit in Puerto Rico where she presented a poster on her research in Computer Science. She also received a scholarship to attend the ‘Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing’ conference in October. 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 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. This year she attended the Grace Hopper Conference as well as the Computing Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institutions Summit. Sofia is also part of the NMSU Cross Country and enjoys running and playing the bassoon in her free time.
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 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.
Analyssa is a sophomore at New Mexico State University, where she is double majoring in computer science and sociology. Analyssa has been involved in the YWiC program since the sixth grade when the YWiC program held an after school club at her middle school. Ever since then, Analyssa has attended numerous summer camps, as well as weekend events and multiple competitions. It was through this program that she fell in love with computer science and outreach, and is what inspired her to pursue her degree at NMSU. Analyssa is a recipient of the Conroy Achievement Scholarship and was an Aspirations in Computing National Runner-Up for three years in a row, as well as a local affiliate winner for all four years of high school. This past summer, Analyssa was able to teach a group of middle school girls through the Aspire IT program and has found a passion for teaching computer science to girls much like herself at their age.
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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 Associate Dean for Planning and Academic Resources in 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
Elena Davidson is currently designing iOS Apps with the Learning Games Lab at NMSU
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