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Dollagee Hanna

Institution/Organization: Army Educational Outreach Program

Department: CQL

Academic Status: Undergraduate Student

What conference theme areas are you interested in:

Adaptive control, optimal control, and estimator design
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for science and engineering
Applications in science, engineering, and industry
Computation with discrete structures and graphs
Data assimilation, challenges in data science, math of AI and ML
Education and interdisciplinary programs in CSE
Emerging software infrastructure for CSE, sustainability of numerical software
High-order methods, novel discretizations, and scalable solvers
High-performance computing, emerging architectures and programming paradigms
Inverse problems, optimization, and uncertainty quantification
Model and dimensionality reduction
Multiscale, multiphysics, and multilevel methods
Quantum algorithms, quantum computation, and quantum information science


I am interested in cyber security, data science, and AI/ML. I am interested in these topics for a variety of reasons. Over the last few years, I have been seeing reports of companies being hacked and user/customer information being compromised and stolen. Because of all this I want to learning more about cybersecurity to help better protect information and prevent a lot of what is currently happening especially since technology is so prevalent in our everyday lives. Since the Spring 2020 semester I took a course in databases which sparked my interest in data science and how data can be used to learn about trends in society and be used with in different fields to further advance research and development. This semester I am taking a data science course which will include some machine learning as well which is fascinating because of all that can be done with predictive algorithms. Over the past year I have been learning about AI/ML and all that can be done with. I find it very interesting what has already been done with and what can be done with it in the future.

Non-Work Related Activities/Interests:

I am part of the Douglass Governing Council which host’s 2 conferences every semester discussing issues realting to topics the Douglass Women College students want to hear about. We also co-spnsor events with many organizations on campus and collabarte with the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) in providing funding for under represented organizations on campus. Over this past year we have been able to help the parents on campus have funding and a space to provide each other with support and child care to make returning to school and getting an education easier. We have also committed funding to the RUSA Emergency Fund to help student with financial help in this difficult time. We have also set up a committee to provide students with resources during COVID and inform them on public health issues to make sure students know what is currently going on, on campus.

I am also a part of the Girls Who Code College Loop (formally known as Douglass DIMACS Computing Corps (DDCC)). Each year we host numerous outreach events for young women in STEM to spark their interest in pursing these fields. I have helped host numerous visits from middle schools and high school girls. They come visit us on campus and go through numerous stations to learn about different topics in STEM and they build a website as well. At the end of the session we have a panel where these girls can ask us about our experience in majoring in STEM fields. We have also gone to mentor young Girls Scouts and help them host a STEM immersion event. We spoke with the girls and taught them on a variety of different software and concepts.