First Name

Courtney

Last Name

T.

Bio

Courtney is a 22-year-old woman (she/her/hers) living and working in Seattle, WA as a software engineer on Microsoft Azure's Spark offerings. She graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science and a second major in Computational Mathematics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, in May of 2019. Courtney interned at Microsoft in 2016, 2017, and 2018 (initially as an Explore Intern, then twice as a Software Engineer Intern), and previously worked on SpaceX's Landing Legs team; Northrop Grumman's Global Hawk team; and at Carnegie Mellon University as a Robotics Intern for Near Earth Autonomy. On her college campus, she wrote and managed grants for the Women's Engineering Institute; tutored students in math, the sciences, and career development; and engaged in research. In March of 2018, she won the US Congress' Goldwater Scholarship for research in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Courtney is also interested in art, enjoys reading plays, and sometimes writes personal essays and criticism. In early 2013, she created and wrote the first version of the Wikipedia article on Simone Biles (which will always be her favorite personal fun fact!) As a high school senior, she won a number of the nation's most competitive college scholarships in 2014 and 2015; she now moonlights to help students apply to—​and win—funding for U.S. higher education. She also continues to freelance grant-write, and has won and managed north of $450,000 from more than 25 grants to date. She aspires to grant-write full time whenever she retires from tech.