I came to the U.S. by myself as an international student.
Bounced around until settled down at a French shcool in L.A. and perfected English there, and conversational proficiency in French. Bonjour tout le monde! Bienvenue à mon voyage vers l'informatique.
Struggled to declare a major the 1st 2 yrs of college. Had too many interests and considered and took classes in Math, Physics, Theatre, Gender Studies. Sat in a graduate law school class on constitutional law.
Given that I had never heard of programming up until this point, I was very frustrated with the world of Computer Science I stumbled upon. I stopped taking CS classes until 2017.
I found that machine learning is a combination of my biggest passions including math, probability, and science fiction lol. Took Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Programming, Computer Vision classes and excelled in all of them. There was not enough joy in computer science without the element of futuristic science fiction. I found my area of computer science and cannot be happier with my choice of major.
This was my first CS related professional experience. I didn't have any experience with web dev or content management systems (CMS). But I did version migration on the organization's main site in Joomla and revamped it completely by implementing the design by web designers.
Created a graphical user interface to display hyperloop real-time navigation information using sensor info obtained by Arduino.
I was entrusted to pilot a project to create the first power grid Artificial Intelligence to control contingencies and assist human operators. I used Deep Reinforcement Learning and created an AI which could bring system status back to normal by changing system settings. The paper I coauthored based on this model I developed was accepted by IEEE and was award Best Conference Paper Award at the 2018 IEEE PES General Meeting. I cannot be more proud for this honor by such an esteem technical organization!
I was on a winning streak. After winning Best Education Hack and Fellowship Awards at my first ever hackathon - CalHacks, I subsequently won awards at SB Hacks, TreeHacks, and HackDavis, all for projects my teammates and I created to solve problems using machine learning technologies.
I became a software engineer working on a data engineering team maintaining the data flow of a machine learning powered product.