First Name

Daniela

Last Name

Z.

Bio

Daniela is a senior at the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science. She wants to get a B.S. in computer science, and then pursue a Ph.D. in computer science. Daniela has taken enough computer science classes to receive a minor from WKU (if she had a major - these classes are Computer Science II, Computer Science III, Intro to Web Programming, Honors Advanced Computational Problem Solving, Software Engineering I, Computer Science Practicum, Mobile App Development, Digital Circuits, and Intro to Computer Networks), and has gotten involved in her community in a variety of ways, tutoring both WKU and Gatton Academy students in computer science, planning WKU's yearly hackathon (Hack the Hill), and leading an outreach group of undergraduates through the WKU Association for Computing Machinery chapter as its treasurer to teach middle and high schoolers coding. Additionally, she is a part of the WKU Cloud Computing Lab. Her research accomplishments are what she is most proud of - her highlights include being a 2017 Siemens Competition Semifinalist, receiving funding from the National Science Foundation to conduct research, and receiving a WKU grant awarding $3,000 of supply funding for research. She has given 9 undergraduate research presentations on her work, and is first author on a paper published over her work in an international computer science conference.