First Name

Pooja

Last Name

C.

Bio

Pooja is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology as well as the founder and CEO of ProjectCSGIRLS (www.projectcsgirls.com). ProjectCSGIRLS is a national youth-driven nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and computer science through running a national computer science competition for middle school girls and workshops around the country. As a strong advocate for encouraging girls in technology, Pooja is a public speaker who has spoken about the underrepresentation of women in technology and her outreach work at events such as the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference, the O’Reilly Velocity New York Conference, and the Global Tech Women Voices Conference. She has been recognized on multiple national platforms for her work as well, including being selected as a Stanford University She++ #Include Fellow, a recipient of the Keds Change Your World Grant, the ABC News Summer of Service Award and Grant, and being recognized at the Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase. She was invited to the White House to represent ProjectCSGIRLS at the Computer Science Education Week Event and to Las Vegas for the Thiel Foundation Summit. She represents the US as a Global Tech Leader for Global Tech Women and has been featured in several publications. Pooja is particularly interested in computer science with applications to medicine, especially computational neuroscience, and has done extensive research in developing computational tools to analyze medical disorders. Examples include developing a novel speech-based diagnostic test for Parkinson’s disease, for which she was recognized as a Siemens Competition National Semifinalist, and prototyping a glucose biosensor connected to a mobile app for smart diabetes management, for which she was recognized as a Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Challenge Global Finalist. In the future, Pooja aspires to pursue a career at the nexus of medicine, computer science, and tech entrepreneurship.