Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Summer Research
At Carnegie Mellon University’s Human Computer Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Program, I researched crowd workers, those who earn their living by completing tasks on the Internet. Specifically, I researched workers on the platform Amazon Mechanical Turk. It is very difficult to earn a reasonable wage on this platform even if one puts in over forty hours a work a week. During this summer research program, I investigated the methods higher-earners used on this platform and the best ways for workers to share advice with each other in order to help workers improve their earnings and build community with each other. I created a prototype chrome extension that allowed workers to share advice with each other. You can view the code for this project here. I presented my research at the end of the summer with the poster presented below.
I worked at NASA’s Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility in Fairmont, WV for two summers, in 2016 and 2017. During these internships, I worked on a database that categorized possible dangerous conditions that could occur during spaceflight, called “adverse conditions.” I presented both of these posters at IV&V and NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. During these internships, I learned how to conduct myself in a professional environment and how to present my work to others. NASA is where I started my professional career, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
West Virginia University
At West Virginia University, I worked at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab under Dr. Saiph Savage. Through my research at West Virginia University, I leveraged the skills I learned at NASA to present my work effectively and efficiently. Dr. Savage taught me a lot about being an effective communicator, researcher, and computer scientist. These projects show my technical abilities as well as my creativity.
One of my main contributions was work for e-NABLE, a non-profit that builds 3D prosthetic hands for children. I created a video that was presented to the government of Vera Cruz, Mexico, in order to introduce this technology and facilitate a relationship with the government of Vera Cruz, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and West Virginia University. Below, you can see images of one of my team members presenting in Vera Cruz and the video I created.