Two Computer Science Majors will be be inducted into Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, (ODK) the national leadership honor society, at Washington and Lee University’s annual Founders Day/ODK Convocation. The ceremony will be held on Jan. 18, 2018 at 5 p.m. in Lee Chapel. Below are brief descriptions of these students and their many accomplishments. Congratulations, Truth and Alicia!
Truth Iyiewuare (Houston, Texas) is a computer science major. He has been a leader in the Student Association for Black Unity, as vice president and now as president. He has also displayed leadership in his major, having worked as a lab assistant for students in the introductory computer science class, and as a peer tutor for other students in need of any computer science help. Truth is also a member of Kathekon, which serves alumni visiting campus and increases student-alumni relations. Lastly, he is a student representative of the Diversity and First-Gen Working Group at W&L, an administrative committee that strives to create a better experience for diverse groups on campus.
Alicia Martinez (Seaford, Delaware) is majoring in computer science. As the head community assistant and the president of the Campus Unity Initiative, she strives to create a fun and inclusive atmosphere on campus. Martinez is an active peer tutor, has served as president of the German Club, and was selected to attend the 2018 Women’s Leadership Summit. She is a recipient of the QuestBridge Match Scholarship as well as several departmental awards, including the Jim Stump Prize in German and the John Preston Moore III Award.
Washington and Lee senior goalkeeper, Gillen Beck, was named to the 13-member District 5 team for the second time in his career. Gillen is a mathematics and physics double-major, and a computer science minor. Click on the link to read more about Gillen’s achievements…
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!
Congratulations to Jordan for being named Player of the Year by The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). This is Krasner’s second Player of the Year award as he also received the honor during his sophomore year at W&L. Krasner is the eighth-ranked singles player in the Atlantic South Region. His singles record is 15-9 going into the NCAA Championship, which will take place May 25-27 at the Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. He also ranks 11th in program history for career singles wins with a 63-33 career record.
The 2017 Senior Reception honoring the Graduates, took place on Wednesday, May 24th in the Great Hall of the Science Center. The reception provided a wonderful opportunity for faculty, students and their families gather and celebrate the students’ achievements. Here are a few photos from the festivities — Congratulations to the Class of 2017!