First Name

Jothi

Last Name

R.

Bio

Jothi is a junior at Lakeland High School in NY. Her fascination with the world of coding began when she first taught herself how to build a simple “Hello, World!” program in 5th grade through YouTube tutorials. Since then, she has taken many CS courses through Coursera, edX, Stanford Online, and Udacity. She has experience coding in languages like HTML/CSS, Java, Python, Octave, Objective C, and Swift. As a STEM enthusiast, she is determined to bridge the gender gap in STEM, so she started ThinkSTEAM (www.thinksteam4girls.org), a 501(c)3 non profit organization to increase STEM awareness in girls through the arts. Through ThinkSTEAM, she has partnered with several major corporations and organizations (including Facebook, Google, Accenture, IBM, the Society of Women Engineers, PepsiCo, Barnes & Noble, Columbia University SWE and iGEM team, Facebook, etc.) to conduct hands on technology workshops for K-12 girls. She has spread ThinkSTEAM to girls from around 50 school districts in eight states (NY, NJ, CT, PA, MN, WA, CA, AZ). Jothi has also held the ThinkBIG Challenge through ThinkSTEAM for the past two years, which had participants from across seven states. She also enjoys teaching workshops on Scratch, HTML, and other programming languages to younger girls. As a part of the Science Honors program at Columbia University, she enjoys taking courses related to machine learning and Graph Theory as well as courses on electrical engineering, where she got to wire up laser pointers and a radio. As a lover of machine learning, she has finished Andrew Ng’s Machine Learning Course from Stanford on Coursera. This past summer, Jothi also got to do machine learning research as a high school intern with IBM’s computational health and behavioral sciences team at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Headquarters. Jothi is a 2017 She++ Fellow, a 2017 HERlead Fellow, and a 2017 WWDC Scholar. She also cofounded ClassFive with four other She++ Fellows and created the app SafetyPin to decrease the prevalence of sexual assaults and help victims achieve legal justice. ClassFive is recognized as a 2017 Technovation App Challenge Global Semifinalist. Furthermore, Jothi has received the HERlead grant from ANN INC. and Vital Voices to hold an all day STEAM-A-THON with various STEAM workshops exclusively for 75 middle school girls. She is also an AspireIT Grant recipient and is using her grant to conduct a three workshop series called Code Matters at Columbia University. Additionally, Jothi is a member of her school’s Science Research Program, Chamber Orchestra, Varsity Debate Team, and Varsity Track & Field Team. She has also achieved proficiency in NYSSMA Level 6 for the Violin and has been a part of the Daisy Joplin Global Music Academy Orchestra and has performed in Lincoln Center. As a part of Girl’s Inc. Westchester’s Leadership Council, Jothi has interviewed Erica Hill, a news anchor on CNN’s sister channel Headline News (HLN), and has been invited to attend their National Luncheon for the past two years, where Hillary Clinton has been recognized as a Champion for Girls. She also is a Technovation Global Student Ambassador and is a mentor for the competition this year. In addition, she has been learning Indian classical dance for seven years. Jothi also enjoys traveling and hopes to travel the world and experience different cultures one day.