Hi, I'm Allison Kench!

But you can call me Allie. I am a rising third year undergraduate student in Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I will graduate in May 2021 with my B.S.E. in Computer Science. I am currently a Project Management Intern for Mobile and Machine Learning Development at Deque. In Summer 2019, I was an Explore Intern at Microsoft. On campus, I can be seen giving tours as an Engineering Tour Leader, working on musical theatre productions for MUSKET, was a peer mentor in the Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program (WISE RP), and was a Co-Chair of Advocates for Diversity in Engineering (ADE).

I am currently looking for full-time tech PM roles. I am driven to create technological solutions that are inclusive and accessible. I have done this through managing the development of a machine learning accessibility product at Deque, implementing inclusive practices within the College of Engineering, and managing and building a new Microsoft product. My ultimate goal is to improve people's lives through applications of innovative software and technology systems. I am also passionate about the creative and performing arts and have combined my passion for theatre and technology through data science work with Cleveland Play House.

My resume. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or to reach out if you are interested in learning more about me at akench@umich.edu.


Experience

Project Management Intern

Deque

I am working as a Junior PM for Mobile and Machine Learning Development. I am creating an agile development process for a Machine Learning product focused on digital accessibility and writing internal and external documentation for the Machine Learning model and its applications. I communicate the value of the product internally across Deque teams and externally to customers. I am connecting with stakeholders weekly and incorporating feedback into the fast-paced product development process.

April 2020 - Current

Data Science Intern

Cleveland Play House

I am using R programming to answer strategic business questions with machine learning models and data analysis. I am communicating my technical findings to a non-technical team to influence progress towards business goals and priorities. I have really enjoyed combining my passion for the performing and creative arts with technical skills.

June 2020 - September 2020

Explore Intern

Microsoft Corporation

I worked as both a software engineer and program manager on a scrum-style team of 3 to create the desktop UI/UX of a new Bing product. As PM, I created the project roadmap, requirements, and priorities while incorporating stakeholder feedback. I learned TypeScript, React, and Redux while working as a software engineer. I founded "Intern Conversations on Accessibility", a new intern event series, to connect interns to leaders in accessibility at Microsoft.

June 2019 - August 2019

Microsoft Hackathon

Xbox Adaptive Controller Team

I met with gamers with disabilities to learn about their story and the challenges they face when gaming. Over the course of 3 days, I designed, built, and tested custom gaming rigs to fit each gamer’s individual needs. I optimized performance based on continual feedback from the customers and my teammates.

July 2019

Team Lead

Crowds and Machines Lab at the University of Michigan

I led the vision and progress of a team of 3 to advance accessibility technology. I researched user needs and designed potential software solutions to make integrated development environments (IDEs) more accessible to software engineers with visual and motor impairments. I previously worked in a team of 4 to advance automous vehicle technology through utilizing crowdsourcing to train vehicles with 3D state data. I learned JavaScript and Python to help build the tool used by crowd workers.

January 2019 - December 2019

Extracurriculars

Founder and Co-Chair

Advocates for Diversity in Engineering

I founded this council within the Office of Student Affairs to advocate for diversity and inclusion throughout the College of Engineering by collaborating with identity-based organizations. I was responsible for ideating, resource planning, and managing projects that promote our mission. I also implemented recruitment strategies and documentation procedures that grew our organization by over 300% during the 2019-2020 school year.

January 2019 - Present

Tour Leader

University of Michigan College of Engineering

As a brand ambassador of CoE, I am responsible for hosting groups that include prospective students and their parents, visiting dignitaries, alumni, community organizations, and middle or elementary school students. I am energized every week by the chance to meet and get to know new people from all around the world.

January 2019 - Present

Peer Mentor and Social Media Director

Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program

As a peer mentor, I mentored 3 first-year students to support their academic, professional, and personal growth. As social media director, I actively engaged alumni, current students, and prospective students through dynamic content and social media contests. I was responsible for directing the vision and execution of all WISE RP social media platforms, organized the content timeline, tracked community satisfaction, and managed risk.

August 2019 - May 2020

Marketing Team

MUSKET, Michigan's Student Musical Theatre Organization

I ideated and created video promotion for MUSKET's musical theatre productions. I analyzed marketing needs and made strategic choices to support the organization's goals.

September 2019 - May 2020

Education and Skills

Bachelor of Science, Engineering, Computer Science Major

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
September 2018 - May 2021

Programming Languages

C++, R, JavaScript, TypeScript, Python, React, Redux

Additional Skills

Public speaking, technical communication, multidisciplinary teamwork, fast paced work style

Academic Projects

ENGR 100: An Intro to Autonomous Electronic Systems

While working as a team of 4, we programmed a drone to autonomously navigate an obstacle course. Using C++ programming and the Arduino platform, we were succesful in navigating the course in under a minute with minimal hits to the surrounding walls. We also composed and presented multiple technical reports and slide decks throghout the class to inform our professors of our progress.

Publications

A.M. Vernier, J.Y. Song, E. Sun, A. Kench, W.S. Lasecki. Towards Universal Evaluation of Image Annotation Interfaces. In Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2019). New Orleans, LA.

How to Land a Freshman/Sophomore CS Internship. Written by Allison Kench and published June 11, 2019 on Medium.

Leveraging LinkedIn to stand out as a college student. Written by Allison Kench and published November 4, 2019 on Medium.

Why I Chose to Attend Michigan Engineering. Written by Allison Kench and published March 26, 2020 on Medium.

Interests and Other Activities

Volunteering


In 2017, I founded It's All Code, an after-school program to teach Elementary School girls computer science. The curriculum focused on applications of computer science to draw students to further study and I taught at a Title 1 school where almost all students were ESOLs to aim to give equal access to education.

Hobbies


I run an Instagram Blog called @umich_steminist where I share my journey as a woman in STEM and connect with other women and girls in the STEM field! I post on Instagram and Medium.

I also enjoy all creative and performing arts, traveling, stand-up/improv comedy, and watching any of Saoirse Ronan's movies.