I really enjoy working with K-12 students, particularly with the goal of broadening participation in computer science. Throughout grad school, I volunteered twice a week for the "Adventures in Computing" program at the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy. We taught advanced topics designed to encourage students in grades 6-8 to pursue computer science. In 2015, we focused on computational approaches to making music. In Spring 2014, we created the SciTech Ethical Hacking Team as part of our "Computer Security" elective class. The students learned about topics ranging from cryptography to the Heartbleed Bug, and they learned to use Hashcat, Wireshark, and Kali Linux. In 2013, we focused on making interactive art with Arduinos. In previous semesters, we taught assorted lessons on cryptography, Scratch programming, educational robotics, and many other topics.
I was also a frequent volunteer with CMU's Women@SCS Outreach Roadshow, which travels to local middle schools and high schools to speak about topics in computer science, and was an executive board member of CMU's SCS4ALL. Starting in Fall 2015, I was also a facilitator for CMU's new BiasBusters program to combat unconscious bias in the CS community.
From 2007 to 2010, I coordinated the NJ Governor's School of Engineering and Technology, a summer enrichment program for up to 100 of New Jersey's top high-school juniors. At no cost to the students, our Governor's Scholars lived on Rutgers' campus for a month, took unique and stimulating classes, and conducted research projects with 2 - 4 other students under the tutelage of a professor or engineer. They also took trips to engineering and technology companies in the NY/NJ area. It was a privilege to work with some of the great faculty at Rutgers as well as our awesome summer RTAs to develop a fascinating curriculum.
Starting in 2008, I advised two fantastic groups of students from Rutgers' EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund) program for engineering undergraduates from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. I met frequently with my EOF advisees as they transitioned from high-school students to professional engineering graduates. I am thrilled at how successful my EOF students have been in their careers so far. From 2006 to 2008, I also taught the computing courses at the EOF summer institute.
From 2008 - 2010, I coordinated the Northern NJ JSHS (Junior Science and Humanities Symposium), a science research fair for high school students. Congrats are in order for the awesome young researchers who gave great talks at both the regional and national level.
During our 2010-2011 Fulbright year in Hungary, Kate Hymes and I founded the Hungarian American Science Mentorship Program for connecting Hungarian high school students, particularly girls, who are interested in science with undergraduate mentors in the USA. As a recruitment tool for this mentorship program, Kate and I gave hands-on, one-hour presentations about our research throughout Hungary.
In Spring 2010, I worked closely with the honors engineering students at Rutgers. This collaboration included the honors seminar on home automation. I also had the chance to work with a group of students starting a Theta Tau chapter at Rutgers, as well as a robotics club.