But you can call me Allie. I am a second year undergraduate student in Computer Science at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. On campus, I am an active member of Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (GEECS), can be seen giving tours as an Engineering Tour Leader, am a peer mentor in the Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program (WISE RP), am a Co-Chair of Advocates for Diversity in Engineering (ADE) and am an undergraduate researcher in the Crowds + Machines (CROMA) Lab where I'm advised by Prof. Walter Lasecki. This past summer I was an Explore Intern at Microsoft in Seattle, Washington.
I am driven to impact my community and create technological solutions that are inclusive and accessible. I have done this through autonomous vehicle research, implementing inclusive practices within the College of Engineering, creating a new intern event series at Microsoft to bring interns and leaders in accessibility together, and by designing and building a new Microsoft product as an Explore Intern. My ultimate goal is to better people's’ lives through applications of innovative software and technology systems.
I worked in a team of 3 to create the desktop UI/UX of a new Bing product, while gaining experience as both a software engineering and a program manager. I learned TypeScript, React, Redux while working as a software engineer. As a program manager, I composed a one-pager, detailed work items, specs for features, and presentations for management. I created "Intern Conversations on Accessibility", a new intern event series, to connect interns to leaders in accessibility at Microsoft.
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.
I created an API and database for Silicon Valley start-up using Amazon Web Services as well as researched competitors' APIs and presented insightful data from findings.
I am serving as a mentor and resource for 110 first-year women. I help them learn and grow as students, professionals, and people as they navigate college. As Social Media Director I am responsible for directing the vision and execution of all WISE RP social media platforms.
I founded this council within the Office of Student Affairs to advocate for diversity and inclusion throughout the College of Engineering. We collaborate with identity-based organizations to ensure all voices are heard and actions are taken to create the best campus culture possible. I am responsible for ideating, managing, and securing funding for projects that promote our mission.
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.
I plan events to support the professional development of GEECS members by communicating with corporate sponsors and University faculty to foster meaningful partnerships. I manage groups of 3-5 members to see an event through from ideation to success.
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.
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.
I founded It's All Code, an after-school program to teach Elementary School girls computer science in 2017. 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.