Hend Abdelfattah

Hend Abdelfattah

Hend Abdelfattah

Home Institution
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Year Participated

Year in School

REU Faculty Mentor
Abdussalam Alawini

Research Area Interest
Data and Information Systems

Project Title
Teaching Database with TriQL

Biography & Research Abstract


This project introduces TriQL, a system for helping novices learn the structures (schema) and query languages of three major database systems, including MySQL (a relational, SQL-Structured Query Language, database), Neo4J (a graph database), and MongoDB (a document/collection-oriented database). As part of this project, the student will be working on designing, developing and a conducting a user study to evaluate the learning effectiveness of TriQL. The first stage of this user study involves designing and delivering two database labs that use TriQL as part of the Summer 2022 offering of the Database Systems course (CS 411). In the second stage, we will conduct user interviews to quantitatively evaluate TriQL's learning outcomes and user experience.


Mrs. Hend Abdelfattah is an accountant, financial manager, and auditor, that has more than 22 years of experience working in two accounting firms, two banks, a large pharmaceutical company, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While Mrs. Abdelfattah does not have extensive research or academic background, she is known for challenging the status quo by introducing and testing new tools and methods of performing her work. She has been exploring the applications of computer science and AI in accounting and financial management to develop a more efficient workflow for her current position as Financial Coordinator at the University of Illinois. Mrs. Abdelfattah enrolled in many programs to improve her understanding and skills in computer science and programming such as iCAN, IPL, DE-AVA for Women in Computer Science.