I'm a software engineer who is passionate about learning, encouraging diversity in STEM, and creating projects that help people.

Hi! I'm Ava. I'm studying Computer Science at the University of Southern California and will be graduating in May 2022. I have always been driven by my passion for learning to step out of my comfort zone and try new things, whether that means graduating high school a year early or deciding to live abroad in order to improve my Spanish speaking skills. I also care deeply about promoting diversity in STEM because I understand how powerful and life-changing it can be to have a mentor who you can see yourself in; in order to give back, I consistently participate in and run volunteering events focused on encouraging young girls to pursue computer science. Finally, throughout my time in college I've come to realize that the potential positive impact that a project can have motivates me to continue creating, innovating, trying, and sometimes, failing, and I know that I want to continue to use my technical skills for social good in the future.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about getting started in tech, encouraging diversity in tech, or opportunities in tech! I'd love to chat. You can reach me at avarosedelacruz@gmail.com or on LinkedIn.

Skills

Languages: Java, C++, JavaScript, Python, HTML/CSS, Objective-C, PHP

Development: AWS, React.js, Express.js, Node.js, Hack, MySQL, REST APIs, AJAX, jQuery, Git

Design: Figma, Canva

Work Experience

Facebook | Software Engineer Intern

May 2020 – present

Amazon | AFE Software Development Engineer Intern

May 2019 – August 2019

Involvement

Girls in Tech USC | Director of Design and Marketing

May 2020 – present

MixedSC | Director of Finance, Director of Membership

May 2020 – present, April 2019 – May 2020

USC Women in Computing | Director of Service

April 2019 – January 2020

Recognition

#DevelopHER 2020 Selectee

Twitter | June 2020

RTC Fellow

Rewriting the Code | June 2019

Grace Hopper Scholar

Anita Borg Institute | May 2019

National Merit Scholar

National Merit Scholarship Corporation | April 2019

Presidential Scholar

University of Southern California | April 2019

National Honorable Mention

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award | April 2018