Staff

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.

Gabi Hernandez

Gabi is a junior at NMSU pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Computer Science and a minor in Digital Forensics.

Kami Otero De Owens

Kami Otero De Owens is currently an undergraduate at NMSU and is pursuing her BS in Computer Science with a Minor in Math and a concentration in Human Computer Interaction. Her career goals are to one day be a professor of Computer Science. She wants to do research and field work in computer science education and find ways to democratize CS and equalize the industry so that it is a diverse and inclusive for all. Kami also wants to develop other CS platforms to further help students understanding of the various and bountiful fields of CS. Her dream is to be accepted at the University of Colorado Boulder and gain further teaching and research experience.

Sikta Swarnav Das

Sikta is a junior at New Mexico State University. She is working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. She is also a work-study student and works as a web designer at Student Success and Enrollment Management at the university. Sikta spent last summer working as a research intern at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and wishes to further pursue data analytics in the field of healthcare. She also loves Harry Potter and dogs!

Vensan Cabardo

Vensan Cabardo is a Junior at New Mexico State University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science. An avid advocate for diversity in computing, she has participated in both NMSU’s Young Women in Computing program and Google’s Tech Exchange Program, both initiatives to increase the diversity of the technology workforce. She plans to pursue a career in the future as a Software Engineer.


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 the 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.


Honorary YWiC Staff

Sasha Smith


Past Superstar YWiC Staff

Angela Kearns

She is currently a Software Engineer at Nike.

Elena Davidson

She is currently a Software Engineer at Qualcomm.

Sofi Bali

She is currently attending Graduate School at UT Dallas.

Analyssa Martinez

Kassie Lamm

Marissa Carbajal

Hang Ngo

Nicole Ray

She is currently a Systems Analyst with the NASA White Sands Test Facility.

Sam McGuinn

She is currently a Software Engineer with Cisco.

Samira Pakravan

She is currently working on a Doctorate Degree.

Noor Muhyi

She is currently working on a Masters Degree.

Esperanza Medina

She is currently a Software Engineer with Go Daddy.

Susana Bali

Tasha Nesiba

She is currently a Software Engineer at Google.

Janie Chen

She is currently a Software Engineer with A9.Com.

Jen Dana-Farley