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KIRTHI KUMAR

Kirthi is a Junior and aspiring STEM student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She is particularly interested in building software applications and artificial intelligence. She has been programming in multiple different languages including JAVA, C++, Python, MATLAB, and HTML/CSS ever since her first encounter with computer programming in 3rd grade using Scratch. She has witnessed under representation of girls in technology as a freshman, and the numerous national STEM competitions and hackathons she has participated in. She started working towards bridging this gender gap by becoming the founder and CEO of SheSoft. Some of her projects include building a robotic arm from scratch using the Arduino UNO and Raspberry Pi, developing an award winning computer game, creating an application to encrypt and decrypt messages to pictures using layered ciphers, and building an application that helps a person keep track of their sugar intake. Her work has been sighted in Washington Post, Connection newspaper, and recognized by National Center for Women in Information Technology (2017 VA State Winner, 2017 National Honorable Mention, 2018 VA State Winner and 2018 National Honorable Mention) and 2017 Siemens Competition. She received STEM Rising Star Award at the WashingtonExec's 2018 STEM Symposium. She was nominated for Miss Inspiration Award at Women In Technology's (WIT) 2018 Conference. She plays flute and participates in charity marathons around the DC Metro area.