Sashrika Pandey

Research Assistant at University of Iowa | Editor in Chief at Allgirlithm | she++ #include Fellow '20

Portfolio

Amazon Web Services DeepRacer

Examining an iterative development of reward functions to generate autonomous driving models using reinforcement learning. University of Iowa Secondary Student Training Program, 2019.

Web PB

Analyzing data of lead concentration of drinking water in New York public schools. OmniHacks 2019 Best Website, Top 10 Overall.

R Records

R programs to obtain statistical information and create graphical displays. Brown Pre-College Program, Summer 2018.

JavaScript Studio

Some JavaScript programs that use programming logic and interactive displays.

Experience

Research Intern - Professor Denise Szecsei, University of Iowa

Secondary Student Training Program, 2019

  • Used reinforcement learning to examine development of reward functions for autonomous navigation in a virtual car
  • Developed reward functions for testing based on calculated mathematical representations of the track and varying combinations of parameters and their associated rewards
  • Analyzed logs generated from Amazon Web Services using Python for further model development
  • Received best presentation award in judging circle for academic poster
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Technical Writing

Editor and Blog Writer, Allgirlithm

  • Review staff submissions and supervise the article writing process for a website that receives 250+ page views weekly
  • Wrote articles about interdisciplinary research using machine learning algorithms and gender disparity in computer science for non-profit that empowers women in technology
  • Pieces featured in Reinvented Magazine, Allgirlithm, The Code Matrix

Breaking Barriers in AIReinvented Magazine

Cybersecurity Needs to Catch Up with the InternetThe Code Matrix

Tackling a Changing Climate with AIAllgirlithm Blog

The Gender Disparity in Computer ScienceAllgirlithm Blog

How AI has reshaped the wildlife conservation movementAllgirlithm Blog

Uncovering the secrets of the past with the technology of the futureAllgirlithm Blog

The Applications of Reinforcement LearningAllgirlithm Blog

The Monty Hall ProblemAllgirlithm Blog

Client Work

Young Coders Collective

  • Worked on web development projects for local businesses, non-profits, and ex-venture capitalists
  • Built and maintained responsive websites, interpreted visual designs into code, and developed plans for clients
  • Supervised the training of junior team members by overseeing their progress on client projects
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K-Town BBQLocal family-owned restaurant that serves Korean-infused barbeque dishes.

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Fan WuAuthor of notable novels including February Flowers and Beautiful as Yesterday.

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Bonnie Huang Hall, MD, PhDIndependent doctor with private practice.

Awards & Honors

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award

San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate Honorable Mention

Demonstrated academic interest and experience with computer science. Joined fellowship of peers and industry professionals intent on increasing access to opportunities in technology.

TEDxYouth at Ponderosa Heights

Speaker, "Our Nation's Inferior Education"

Researched successful education systems, identified correlation between programs available to students and performance. Presented findings and recommended educational guidelines.

President's Volunteer Service Award

Gold Level Award Recipient

Volunteered for non-profit that involves young students in educational and career-oriented activities. Tutored elementary and middle school students, guided them through collaborative activities.

Wogrammer Journalism Fellowship

Honorable Mention

Applied for fellowship that aims to empower women in computer science by showcasing their stories.