Hi, I'm Natalie.
A born and raised Texas girl, I'm currently living in LA studying and working hard while I enjoy life on the west coast. I’m a W.V.T. Rusch Undergraduate Engineering Honors Program student at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering. I’m also honored to be representing the university as a Presidential Scholar for the Class of 2019.
At USC, I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Business Administration (CSBA). Though CSBA is housed in the top-ranked Viterbi School of Engineering, the dual program allows me to also study in the Marshall School of Business.
Furthermore, I've grown up as a dancer and can't imagine my life without dance. I'm continuing my training as a student in the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance by pursuing a Minor in Dance. I believe that an education combining engineering, business, and the arts will make me a force to be reckoned with as I enter the work force and I can't wait to see where my diverse education will take me.
Currently, I'm an Undergraduate Research Assistant in USC's Vision and Graphics Lab. I'm performing research in advanced computer graphics under the direction of Dr. Hao Li. I also work at the USC Choreographic Institute, a new initiative between the Kaufman School of Dance and various other schools on campus to ignite discussion and research on dance, technology, and health.
When I'm not in class or the research lab, I'm representing the engineering school as a Viterbi Student Ambassador, mentoring new engineering students as a Freshman Academy Coach, and helping students as an undergraduate teaching assistant for CSCI201 (Principles of Software Development).
Last summer, I also gained some incredible experience working as a Software Engineering Intern at Northrop Grumman Corporation in its Mission Systems sector. I'm excited to develop a project for Google's Liquid Galaxy organization during the summer of 2017 while continuing my research combining the two fields I am most passionate about, dance and technology.
Explore my web portfolio to see why I believe my creative interests will continue to propel me to the forefront of my dream of becoming both a successful female engineer and a powerhouse entrepreneur!
this is what i do.
I love building things. Whether I’m building a robot or experimenting with my Arduino, hands-on creative projects are my favorite. Tech IS our future, which is why I’m confident in my decision to pursue a career in one of the most competitive and rapidly-changing fields.
Computers speak a different language than we do: CODE. When a computer program executes the way I want it to, the feeling that I get is indescribable; it makes every challenge and hour of hard work completely worth it. My goal is to speak code better than I speak English by the time I graduate from USC.
The most successful developers are the ones who can best market their products. Beyond simply creating innovative things, I'm focused on how a product can be scaled and sustained into a profitable business.
Products won't generate enough consumer interest or sales to succeed in the competitive tech market without an effective design. I love using my creativity to make a project stand out. Design skills are essential for an engineer and I'm lucky enough to have this skill as a personal strength.
Programming languages I speak:
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Software tools I am proficient in:
My Favorite Product Creation Hobbies:
Adobe Creative Suite
national & regional recognition
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Runner-Up, National Center for Women & Information Technology
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Regional (Dallas) Winner, National Center for Women & Information Technology
Youngest Attendee at Texas STEM Conference, Texas STEM Center Coalition
Presidential Scholar Awardee (Merit Scholarship), University of Southern California
Trojan Scholars Society Inductee, University of Southern California
W.V.T. Rusch Undergraduate Engineering Honors Program Invitation, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society Inductee (Dean's List), University of Southern California
Johnson & Johnson Sponsored College Student through the BDPA Membership Challenge, Johnson & Johnson
Featured Young Woman in STEM for National Women's History Month, National Girls Collaborative Project
Invitation to Represent USC at the Deloitte Freshman Leadership Conference, Deloitte
Women Who Code/Google I/O Scholarship
Merit Research Award, USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Forbes Under 30 Scholar
Featured Student Story in USC Viterbi Fall 2017 Magazine Publication, The Beauty Issue
Invitation and Scholarship to Present Research at AAAI-18 Conference on Artificial Intelligence
Invitation/Scholarship to TensorFlow Dev Summit 2018
Featured Student Story in You & USC Brochure
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