My name is Julie Lizardo and I am a creative engineer. I am a proud Dominican based in New York City. In 2019, I obtained a bachelor’s degree from NYU College of Arts and Science in biology with a concentration in ecology and minored in computer science and math. Now, I am pursuing a master’s degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in their Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).
Growing up, I was never exposed to computer science in school and it never appeared as a possible career choice that was accessible to me. I was intimidated by the complexity of the field and how it seemed to be catered to men. It was not until college that I had the opportunity to enroll in a computer science course as an elective. Therefore, I want to expose students before they complete their high school education to the possibility of a STEM career and that they are capable of pursuing their interests despite society’s stigmatized depictions.
One of my life-long goals is to promote computer science education as well as sustainability practices in misrepresented communities. The past two summers, I have taken a step closer in that direction by teaching six-week courses in environmental science and computer science to high school students. I am currently working as a Course Assistant within the Department of Computer Science at NYU College of Arts and Science and a Graduate Assistant within NYU Tisch School of the Arts. My work consists of exploring my two passions to create unique interdisciplinary projects.