First Name

Alyssa

Last Name

W.

Bio

Alyssa first became interested in STEM in 6th grade, when prompted by her teachers, she attended a summer science program at Northeastern University. In 2012, she joined the all-girls Rocket Team at Science Club for Girls, and in a year and a half she and her team qualified for the Team America Rocketry Challenge nationals. They placed 74th overall, putting them in the top 10% of all high school rocket teams nationwide as well as making them the top team in New England. From there, she learned about game development at Bocoup Loft, developed a website using live data with the first Girls Who Code summer immersion program at Twitter Boston, and founded her own Girls Who Code Club. She interned at Rethink Robotics, where she wrote lab exercises and trained tasks for robots Baxter and Sawyer. This past summer, Alyssa received the Generation Google scholarship and attended Google's Computer Science Summer Institute. During this competitive three week program, she developed her skills further and built a website that aimed to help college students stay in contact with friends and family. Alyssa currently attends Williams College in Williamstown, MA as a prospective Computer Science major, and has been traveling to as many hackathons as possible, including Hack the North at the University of Waterloo, HackGT at Georgia Tech, HackRPI at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and HackHarvard at Harvard University.