Natasha Nesiba

Natasha (Tasha) Nesiba started her involvement with the Young Women in Computing (YWiC) program at NMSU when she was still a junior in high school. A shy participant, unconvinced of her potential to go to college, she quickly discovered her passion for computing - and a passion for engaging others in this field. During her senior high school year she served as a peer-mentor in the YWiC summer program, an experience that transformed her, solidified her interest for computing, and tested her growing knowledge of CS. During this period, YWiC leaders nominated Tasha for the Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship - Tasha received this important recognition and was recruited as a Google intern even before starting college. She spent each summer at Google during her undergraduate studies, and became a Google campus ambassador.
Her outstanding academic performance landed her several scholarships for college; unable to personally use her Anita Borg scholarship, she approached Google and asked them to allow her to use the funds to endow a scholarship at NMSU, dedicated to female students interested in computing. The scholarship has been awarded each year since 2011.
After completing her undergraduate studies in CS, Tasha was admitted to the Masters’ program; she continues to grow her passion and interest towards broadening participation in computing. She established the Women and Minorities in Computing chapter at NMSU (a very active student organization), she spent one summer as a Curriculum Design Intern at the Cyber Innovation Center in Louisiana. Her Master’s thesis is focused on designing new technologies (embedded computing) to teach introductory computing. She has presented posters and conference presentations on the topics of engaging Latinas in computing (at events like CAHSI, Tapia, Grace Hopper and SACNAS).