Years of professional experience? I worked in Class Action Law for 2 years prior to joining iCAN
Year that you started the iCAN program
What was your major and background? Linguistics
What are your interests within computer science? Human-Computer Interaction, Data and Information Science
How did you get interested in Computer Science? I discovered an interest in Computer Science primarily through my experiences in data wrangling. While completing my degree in Linguistics, I worked with a lot of unstructured data (primarily audio) and I enjoyed the process of giving shape to audio data and writing scripts to analyze it.
What social interests matter to you? Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Computing, LGBTQ+ rights
What is your most impactful iCAN experience? My summer research experience with Dr. George Chacko was the highlight of my time in iCAN. I conducted a project investigating metrics of scientific impact by leveraging previous work by another UIUC student. The results of this work can be found at http://el-wittmer.github.io
What are your hobbies/outside interests? Most recently I've been making my own hardcover notebooks, but I tend to collect lots of hobbies. Some others include creative writing and embroidery.