Galina M. ’12 Named a Winner of Prestigious Computing Award by the National Center for Women & Information Technology
Galina M. ’12 is a winner of the 2012 Southern California Aspirations in Computing Award by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). She will be honored along with the other winners and runners up at an award ceremony on April 14, 2012 in Santa Ana. The award ceremony is being held with the regional Celebration of Women in Computing for Southern California.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing offers both a national and local "affiliate" competitions to generate support and visibility for women's participation in communities nationwide.
When asked about Galina, computer science teacher Dan Anderson
said, “In all of her work at Viewpoint, Galina has shown extraordinary initiative.” Her remarkable range of projects includes:
- Developing a prolog-style working language
- Creating a natural language processing program classifying political speech using bayesian networks
- Developing a program that simulated complex systems using bond graph diagrams as input
- Her final project uses lasers as strings in a networked environment to initiate approximate real-time synthesis of sounds.
Galina is one of just 22 young women selected as winners of the Southern California affiliate of the NCWIT. She will attend Stanford University in the fall, where she will continue her study of computer science.