First Name

Sierra

Last Name

S.

Bio

Since a young age, Sierra has been curious about computers and the immense capabilities they hold. From the first computer game she picked out when she was 6, to the app she spent months building last year, Sierra's pursuit of knowledge in relation technology has always been a major part of her life. She spent the last summer as a student intern in the Minnetonka Public Schools Technology Department, assisting with various projects such as reinstalling access points and reimaging hundreds of laptops and computers. Her greatest technical accomplishment is the app she built on a team last year through the competition Technovation. As a part of the team of four, Sierra worked hard on the app, whose function is to connect people in need with homeless and food shelters nearest to them. She and another of her teammates built it using MIT App Inventor. After presenting it with her team in the final competition at the end of the season, they won Best Technical App. After this experience, Sierra realized that computer science will be a major component of her future. Sierra plans to attend the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities next year, with a planned major in computer science and a possible minor in neuroscience. Sierra is currently a student researcher at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota, using MATLAB and SPM to analyze gray matter concentrations in Ataxia patients. In the future, Sierra would enjoy working in a field that allows her to focus on programming, while also being involved in neuroscience.