The Best of Systers Blog 2013 Systers Google Summer of Code Students
When we first learned that we were accepted as a mentoring organization this year for Google Summer of Code (GSoC), we knew we could help a number of Systers who are in school hone in their development skills, improve their communication with other students and mentor, and collaborate with a broader open source community. It was incredibly difficult to choose students as we had 9 projects and 14 applications submitted for those projects. Our primary mentors are all Systers and we have a few mentors from Mailman. We have an incredible group to kick off our GSoC 2013.
Please welcome our GSoC class of 2013 students and their bios below.
“I am third year student in Computer Science and Engineering at Polytechnic University of Bucharest. Studying Computer Science was not always my dream, but luckily in high school I was advised going in this direction and now I can definitely say that I had taken the right decision.
Being a student in Computer Science has given me great satisfaction and considering all of my invested work and passion, the results did not hesitate to show up. One of the most recent accomplishments was being awarded the second prize at a local robot competition. I created an autonomous robot that follows a black line. The most interesting part of this project was that I had to create both the hardware and the software. Even though working with hardware was interesting and fun (highly because this was the first time I had contact with hardware at such a low level), writing the code which was the “brain” of the robot was the most enjoyable aspect of this project.
Also one of the most important and rewarding accomplishment is the fact that I was accepted at Google Summer of Code. This is a huge opportunity for me, especially that I was accepted at Systers organization. I believe in Systers mission and I want to be an active developer, but also I want to contribute in other ways such as helping the community grow. I want to tell my female colleagues about Systers and also I want to get involved in a project whose purpose is to teach high school girls basic programming in order to encourage them to pursue a career in computer science I will also tell them about this community.”
Project Assignment: Ioana will be working on Systers administration features for creating and editing scripts for reporting.
Sneha Priscilla is a graduating student of an engineering degree in Computer Science from Bangalore, India. She was a Google Summer of Code student for Systers in 2012 and worked on adding wishlist features. She thinks of herself as an amateur programmer with lots to learn and miles to go. She loves Python, clean user interfaces, algorithms and going to beaches.
In her spare time, you may find her reading a book, redditing or gardening with her grandparents.
Project Assignment: Sneha was a GSoC student in 2012 and really progressed a lot on her project. She will be working with mentors from Mailman on more Mailman development for User Interface (UI) changes.
Julia Proft is a second-year undergraduate student pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at Connecticut College. She is thrilled to have been selected as a Google Summer of Code 2013 student for Systers.
She started her computer science career as a senior in high school when she decided that she would take a Java programming course as an elective. She has since learned Python, some web languages, and other computer science fundamentals as a Connecticut College student. She is also participating in an exciting research project that combines computer science and anthropology with the goals of preserving cultural heritage.
When she is not coding, Julia enjoys reading, taking long walks outside, and pampering her two spoiled pets. She lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont with her family.
Project Assignment: Julia will also be working on Systers administrative features for our essay. The goal is to produce a much better UI for admins.
Project Assignment: Shanu actually proposed her project for a new UI design for members’ area. She will be working with Mailman mentors.
I am a second-year IT student at the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, and an ISTQB-certified software tester and test lead with more than 3 years of professional experience in the QA sector. Within my academic activities, I concentrate mostly on Java programming and database development. My other experience includes working as Spanish language translator and interpreter.
I hold a Master of Arts Degree in Cultural Science.
Project Assignment: Olga will be working on Testing Automation using Selenium Framework. Her mentor is Mayank who was a student last year.
“I’m first year Computer Science student (Undergraduate Studies at University of Warsaw) and first year Mathematics student (Master Studies at University of Warsaw). I graduated in Mathematics with B.Sc. degree in September 2012 and my thesis in the field of Statistics was entitled ‘Algorithms for optimization, estimation and variance reduction’. In Mathematics I’m interested in Data Mining and Process Mining. My Master thesis will be about Time Series similarity.
I have always been fascinated by the sciences. I had two summer internships at Polish Academy of Sciences. During one of them I was responsible for verification and statistical analysis of results of the mathematical part of PISA study conducted in Poland. My second Summer Internship was at Systems Research Institute. The purpose of the internship was to tackle various economic, social and engineering problems in teams of five people using Industrial Mathematics techniques
I am also member of Android team in which we work on Android applications. Our last project was game for autistic children. The goal of this project was to help autistic children to understand that one object can have many representations.
In my free time I like travelling, playing volleyball and going out with friends.”
Project Assignment: Joanna is actually working on a great RSS feed feature for archiving. Joanna will be mentored by Nicki.
Nicki Hutchens (Syster, Tech Principal at FedEx Services, 2012 Mentor)
Ana Cutillas (Syster, Developer at CGI, 2012 Student)
Mayank Juneja (Sys Admin and Developer, 2012 Student)
Danielle Cummings (Syster, Recent Texas A&M Ph.D. graduate, Teaching Python in NYC this Summer for Girls Who Code)
Lynn Root (Syster, ReHat Engineer, PyLadies San Francisco)
Promita Bose (Syster, SW Engineer at Dept of Human Genetics Emory University)
James Lopeman (Linux Kernel Foundation)
Rose Robinson (Her Systers’ Keeper, ABI Program Manager, GrrlCamp)
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