Kiki Hsieh

President

Hi :)! I'm honored to be back as President for 2020-20201 school year! I'm on my last year of my Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. After being involved in various team projects and working as a software engineer intern, I realized my passion is more in product development rather than in coding. I had a little exposure to coding when I was in high school. During my first-year at UBC, I felt isolated because there weren't a lot of womxn in my class and I didn't have anything in common with my male classmates. I wanted to make new CS friends but back then we didn't have a womxn community here. My vision for this year is to create events catered to empower underrepresented minorities in the technology industry. I want to establish a permanent place for woxmen in CS at UBC, where womxn can empower and support each other at times where they feel a bit lost. Other than establishing a CS community at UBC, this year I am aiming for outreach programs for female* high school students, letting them know there is plenty of space for them in the technology and engineering fields.

Paulette Koronkevich

Events Director

Hi I'm Paulette, a first year master's student working on type-preserving compilation of dependent types with Professor WIlliam J. Bowman. I'm from a tiny town in Indiana, USA, and I decided to pursue computer science at Indiana University because I was inspired by my older sister who is a software developer. During my time at IU, I got really interested in programming languages theory and research, and that's how I ended up at UBC. I plan to pursue my PhD at UBC as well and become a professor of computer science. I'm especially motivated because I never had a female professor teach me a computer science course whose research area was programming languages! Furthermore, as I got farther along in my degree, I found that I was the only woman in my computer science courses. By being a part of UBC Women in CS, I hope to help foster a nurturing and encouraging environment for all women interested in computer science. I definitely wouldn't be where I am today without some of my female friends in my intro courses in computer science, and I hope that UBC Women in CS can be an additional support network for women outside the classroom!

Chloe Curry

Events Director

I first fell in love with coding in a high school computer science course. I loved how it challenged me to think in different ways, and the satisfaction I found in solving a complex problem is one of the most rewarding feelings ever. At the same time as I fell in love with coding, I also found environmental science. The pressing issue of climate change encouraged me to combine majors in computer science and environmental science, in hopes of bridging the gap between the tech industry and climate research. I’m in my second year now, with plans to graduate in 2023 after my co-op work terms. I am so excited to be apart of the WiCS board, I see this group as an opportunity to help other women find their passions in university and build a supportive environment within the computer science department, and I hope that by planning fun and informative events I can help us can achieve these goals!

Hyesun An

External Director

Before I enrolled in the BCS program at UBC, I worked as a game marketer and business strategist. To complete my lifetime goal, I quitted my job and went to world travel. By then, I decide to change my career to a software engineer that has more flexibility. When I join the computer science world, I noticed that the CS community has less diversity, especially in 3rd and 4th-year courses. I have seen many female friends choose the other majors when they have finished in 1st or 2nd-year CS courses. I was terrified, and I always felt I am not the right person to be in the classroom. However, I have met a good female mentor, and she gave me the confidence to resist, and I slowly started to trust my self. After I won some prizes from hackathons, I realized that I, womxn, have enough ability but do not have much confidence. Like my mentor, I hope to grow our community and, ultimately, help young students who are intimidating to dive into the computer science world. As a part of womxn in the computer science community, I believe we should be work together to foster our community.

Jossie Yan

Designer

How’s it going? I’m Jossie, and I’m the designer for WiCS! I actually didn’t know about this group until the end of my first year when I discovered it through the CS department email. When I attended my first CPSC class, it wasn’t hard to see that a large majority were men, and I felt very conscious of that, especially as someone with no prior computer science knowledge. I wish I had discovered WiCS sooner, as I really wanted to get to know fellow women in CS. Now that I’m one of the executives in the group, I hope to help strengthen and grow the bond between all women in CS! I currently don’t have a major, but I’m hoping to get into cognitive systems with the computer science focus, in the faculty of science. For me I love CS because it is the perfect combination of creativity and problem solving, which I find challenging and exciting. Some of my hobbies include learning new languages, eating food (I’m a huge foodie), and illustrating of course!

Aliya Mohamed

Webmaster

Before studying Computer Science at UBC, I was a student at the University of Calgary studying Biological Sciences and Sociology. I worked in a Cancer Epidemiology lab at the time and it was here that I was first exposed to the work that programmers and data scientists were performing to help make everyone else's work operate more smoothly. After obtaining my BSc. and BA, I decided I wanted to learn how to code and develop software myself and so I decided to enroll in the Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS) after-degree program at UBC. I wanted to join UBC WICS as soon as I heard about it because I want to help foster a more collaborative and supportive community of computer science students of all genders at UBC. I have found that being able to seek out and surround myself with other women in tech, has made me feel supported and capable and this has made all the difference in my ability to learn and take advantage of the many opportunities the CS department offers.

Kavya Balajepalli

Treasurer

Hi! I’m Kavya, a fifth-year Combined Major: Computer Science & Statistics student who’s currently working as a Data Analyst Intern at EA (Electronic Arts). Throughout my years at UBC, I have attended a handful of WiCS/CODE events (especially in my first year) which have inspired me to major in CS. In my final year, I wanted to give back and join WiCS as an executive so that I could work with other WiCS members to organize and host a variety of events throughout the year to inspire other first-year students to major in CS, and to give all womxn CS students a space in our growing community to feel comfortable. In addition to my love for coding and data, I enjoy playing and listening to music (I play the flute, ukulele, and I sing), and I’m a member of UBC’s fusion music club Sargam.

Yeojun Han

First Year Representative

Hey! I’m in my first year of science at UBC and I’m planning to major in computer science! Starting my anticipated university experience entirely online, I found it challenging to find new friends and connections outside of class. I found it even more difficult to find female classmates in computer science courses, especially those who would walk through a journey alongside me in this major. For these exact reasons, I joined UBC’s WiCS to meet fellow womxn with a similar level of interest and commitment to computer science. Although online, having a welcoming community for womxn in CS like me helps me feel much more motivated and less isolated already! My interest in programming took off in high school and led me to start a self-led simple game development last year. I am delighted to be a first-year representative for WiCS and stand for diversity in this area! Most importantly, I would like to encourage every student, especially first-year students, to reach out to available resources and get involved!