Aila is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin. She participated in the Freshman Research Initiative, a program that lets freshman perform real research. In her Computational Biology stream, she worked with Avida to replicate digital organisms and perform experiments. The summer of her freshman year she was a test engineering intern at Spiceworks in Austin, Texas. She is currently a POD mentor, where she teaches a group of 20 freshman computer science students about the university, college life, and computer science.