What are you doing now?  

I’m a PhD student in Information Science at Cornell. Currently I’m based here at Cornell Tech, and primarily advised by Nicola Dell and Deborah Estrin. I work on designing and developing technologies that address mental wellbeing for marginalized people.

Why did you select Cornell Tech?

After undergrad I worked in startups and in corporate in various product management-oriented roles. A few years into it, I realized I wanted to expand my skills and double down on the technical foundation I’d had in undergrad. I sought a grad program that could give me a rigorous education on cutting-edge CS topics like deep learning, with the goal of applying that to solving problems in healthcare access, ideally by starting my own startup. Cornell Tech was really a no-brainer — not only was the CS education top-notch, the Studio program seemed like a perfect runway to starting a company. The M.S. in Health Tech was a clear fit for my interests, and then when I had the chance to meet Deborah and share perspectives, I realized this was the perfect program for me.

What is one thing that you could have not done without your Cornell Tech experience?

Without Cornell Tech I wouldn’t have found research. In my previous industry lives, the parts of my jobs that I most relished were the chances I had to think deeply about a problem, freely explore solutions, and then write, present and generally converse about it. In research, this is the point of the job. At Tech right now we have a glut of applied research opportunities, especially in and around NYC. And because we’re such a naturally collaborative campus, I’ve had so many chances to mix and match disciplines and learn from the best across so many fields. No matter what your plans are post-graduation, I think every student should be aware this is something Cornell Tech has to offer.