Hi, I'm Allison Kench!

But you can call me Allie. I am a rising second year undergraduate student in Computer Science and Engineering 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.

I am driven to impact my community and maximize my skill sets, whether it be through contributing to accessibility research, or teaching young girls to code. I live for the thrill of solving social problems with technology and have a specific interest in productivity and accessibility. My ultimate goal is to better people's’ lives through applications of innovative software and technology systems.

My resume. Please feel free to reach out to me if you are interested in learning more about my work at akench@umich.edu.


Experience

Explore Intern

Microsoft Corporation

I am working in a team of 3 to create the desktop UI of a new Bing product, while gaining experience as both a software engineering and a program manager. I am learning React and Redux as well as how to write specs and presentations.

May 2019 - August 2019

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Crowds and Machines Lab at the University of Michigan

I am working in AV3D, a team of 3 working to utilize crowdsourcing to annotate 2D videos with dimension lines to estimate 3D objects through aggregate particle filtering. This new method can be used to train autonomous vehicles with 3D state data without the need for high-cost 3D cameras and expand the training data space of edge cases not yet captured by 3D cameras.

January 2019 - Present

Tour Leader

University of Michigan College of Engineering

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

ByteLabs Consulting Team Member

MPowered Entrepreneurship

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.

September 2018 - December 2018

Education and Skills

Bachelor of Science, Engineering, Computer Science Major

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
September 2018 - April 2022

Programming Languages

C++, JavaScript, React, Redux, Matlab

Additional Skills

Public speaking, teaching technology, technical communication

Academic Projects

Coming soon!

Publications

Coming soon!

Interests and Other Activities

Volunteering


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.

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 also enjoy reading, cycling, watching any of Saoirse Ronan's movies, and trying international cuisines.