The Phi Beta Kappa/Society of the Cincinnati Convocation took place on Sunday, March 17, at 3:00 p.m., in Leyburn Library’s Northen Auditorium. Congratulations to the following CSCI students who were initiated into PBK this year:
Maxwell Gold ’19
Pengrui Wang, (CS Minor), ’19
Abby Nason, ’20
These students join the following previously inducted members:
Truth Iyiewuare ’18
Tommy Thetford ’18
Hammad Ahmad, ’19
Congratulations to all current and previous inductees!
As they prepare for graduation and the future, Lex McGriff and Sima Sharma share their W&L experiences and student successes.
Lex McGriff, a Computer Science and Sociology double major shares her leadership experiences as the vice president of the Student Association for Black Unity (SABU) and vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK). Lex also talks about her association with the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Diversity Sub-Committee of Strategic Planning.
Sima Sharma, majoring in Computer Science and East Asian Languages and Literatures (Chinese), discusses her extracurricular involvement with the Multicultural Student Association, the Student Association for International Learning, the Student Environmental Action League and her participation with the Rockbridge County Schools tutor program.
Through Lex’s developing supervisory skills and a Sima’s passion for cultural diversity, these bright and enterprising W&L seniors are sure to have continued success in their future endeavors! Learn more about their stories by clicking on the links below:
Senior Janie Martin attended Rice University’s 7th annual Hackathon this past weekend in Houston with the goal of trying to solve some of the biggest problems in health care today. The Hackathon competitors were in a 36 hour race against each other to develop new software and hardware to solve challenges identified by doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital. About 400 hackers competed for various prizes.
For Janie, the competition provided an opportunity to solve a medical problem that she herself once suffered from, encephalitis. Janie and her teammates developed a product called Memory Eyes which is a device that uses image detection and facial recognition software to assist with cognitive disorders. Cognitive impairment is a major component of encephalitis. As Janie explains it, with encephalitis, “You could be standing in a grocery store talking to someone when suddenly you have no idea where you are or who they are.” “With a press of a button, Memory Eyes will tell you who you’re talking to, where you are and remind you what you were there to get.”
Click on the link below to read more about Janie’s accomplishments and other cutting edge health care successes of Hackathon!
Lenny Enkhbold ’17 (a double major in Computer Science and German with a minor in Philosophy) is featured on the University website, in the Ethics and Leadership section. Click on the link below to read more about Lenny’s experiences at W&L
CSCI Department Chair, Ken Lambert, is spending the summer completing a book on computer programming called “A Gentle Introduction to Functional Programming in Haskell”. Click on the link to learn more!
Washington and Lee University’s Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, welcomed four honorary and 32 student initiates at W&L’s annual Founders Day-ODK Convocation on January 19, 2015.
Brandon Elliot Taylor ’15 (Petersburg, Virginia) is majoring in computer
science and physics-engineering. He is the captain of the W&L football
team, a member of Phi Eta Sigma and a graduate of the Generals
Leadership Academy. Taylor serves as vice-president of internal affairs
of the Russian Club, and is the co-editor of the Journal of Slavic