Jenny is a user experience researcher and content strategist aiming to make the digital world a more inclusive place for all users. She’s a master’s student in the University of Maryland’s human-computer interaction program and dedicates hours to providing college and high school students with opportunities to develop hardware and software projects. As a graduate student, Jenny directed Bitcamp, a 36-hour hackathon at the University of Maryland, for more than 1,000 students. She also helped start Technica, a 24-hour hackathon for women and girls interested in the tech field. Both Bitcamp and Technica provide workshops for beginner and advanced students alike.

Jenny also helped organize and launch Sandbox, a makerspace supported by the University of Maryland’s computer science department, where students of all majors can explore their own side projects and build for the sake of building something new.

Outside of graduate school, Jenny works at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center as a Pathways Intern in the Office of Communications. She focuses on writing stories and producing web features geared toward helping people understand NASA’s Earth science and planetary missions. She helped launch NASA Next, a magazine for kids, the “next generation of space explorers,” with the goal of encouraging young students to pursue STEM careers.

After college, Jenny plans to work in the educational technology industry and find ways to improve access to technology for all students. Her experience with running hackathons and makerspaces has made her a leader in the tech community at the University of Maryland and throughout the region.