At the convergence of CS, Math, and Writing

I am a Software Engineer at Amazon working in the Secure AI Foundations org of Alexa AI, implementing privacy-preserving Machine Learning algorithms.

Previously, I was a Citizen Ambassador and Fellow of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX). As a Fellow, I represented the U.S. in Germany for a year-long cultural exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag. During my fellowship, I was a research intern at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems with Dr. Krishna Gummadi, focusing on ethical interventions for computer science and AI research/projects.

I attended George Washington University and double-majored in Computer Science and Mathematics with a minor in Creative Writing. At GW, I worked with Robert Pless using deep learning to recognize eating disorder content and designing applications for the public to promote wellness. I've also worked on a project to promote fairness and diversity in the hiring process with Reinforcement Learning, advised by John P. Dickerson. In Summer 2018, I interned at Microsoft Research New England with Henry Cohn, using group theory to speed up matrix multiplication algorithms.

My research interests are broadly in the realm of artificial intelligence, including graph theory, learning theory, algorithms, and algorithmic fairness. I enjoy working on research projects with a theoretical focus as well as ones that aim to promote social good (bonus points for projects that accomplish both!).

During Summer 2017, I worked at UMD's REU CAAR on a project modeling kidney exchange as a RL problem, advised by John P. Dickerson. In 2017, I studied online harassment and creating tools to combat it with technology, funded by a grant from Intel called Hack Harassment. In Summer 2016, I contributed to a project using NLP to generate reading comprehension tools for low-literacy adults in GW's Learning Technologies Research Group. In my free time, I read incessantly and write poetry + fiction.

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books I've recently read

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Forever Undecided: A Puzzle Guide To Gödel
How to Think Like a Mathematician: A Companion to Undergraduate Mathematics
I Want to Be a Mathematician: An Automathography
Edge
Milk and Honey
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
This Side of Paradise
Paper Girls, Vol. 1
What is Not Yours is Not Yours
The Cider House Rules
My Documents
When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwestern Experience
The Call of the Wild
Ariel