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Ana Paula Ceteno, Faculty co-advisor

Ana Paula Ceteno is the faculty co-advisor for the CS LLC class of 2022. Ana Paula has been teaching computer science undergraduates since 2015. She aims to inspire her students to be inquisitive and ingenious professionals by helping them understand and appreciate the impressive discoveries computer scientists have made. i As an academic advisor she helps students during their Computer Science studies to choose classes, ease anxieties and stay focused on their degree. Her research lies mostly on the practical aspects of computer science, specifically in management of power, energy and temperature on data centers. More recently she has been working on optimization and computer science education.

Thu Nguyen, Faculty co-advisor

Thu Nguyen is Chair of the Computer Science Department and the faculty co-advisor for the CS LLC class of 2022. He is actively engaged in research on improving and scaling CS education and has been involved with the CS LLC since its inception. His primary areas of scientific research focus on building efficient, scalable, and dependable computer systems.

Cynthia Sanchez Gomez, CS LLC director

Cynthia Sanchez Gomez is the director of the CS LLC and director of the Douglass-DIMACS Computing Corps. Cynthia oversees day-to-day operation of the CS LLC, including the coordination of community building programs, student-faculty engagement events, study sessions, and opportunities for professional development. Cynthia is a double alumna of Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and a master’s degree in College Student Affairs from the Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the staff at Douglass Residential College, Cynthia’s work focused on developing student life initiatives and trainings while advising multiple student organizations. Cynthia utilizes her extensive knowledge in student development theory as the foundation for her work in higher education.

Rebecca Wright, Founding faculty advisor

Rebecca Wright was one of the architects of the CS LLC and served as its founding faculty advisor. In this role, she was a faculty resource for students in the CS LLC and taught the “Great Ideas and Applications of Computer Science” seminar for the CS LLC students in the spring semesters of 2017 and 2018. During this time she was also a professor in the Computer Science Department and Director of DIMACS. Rebecca’s research spans the area of information security, including cryptography, privacy, foundations of computer security, and fault-tolerant distributed computing. She is a member of the board of the Computer Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W) and a strong advocate for promoting diversity in computer science.

Student Mentors:

Jeemisaba Chudasama, Graduate mentor

Jeemisaba Chudasama is the graduate student mentor for the CS LLC. She is pursuing a master’s degree in Computer Science with major focus on data science. As the graduate mentor, Jeemisaba assists with the operation of the CS LLC by helping students with their coursework and mentoring them on career development. She also assists in planning activities, such as study sessions for CS LLC students. She is an immediate resource for students in the LLC and is often available during her office hours in the residence hall. Before coming to Rutgers, Jeemisaba worked as a software engineer. Her current studies focus on machine learning, and she is conducting research on underwater autonomous vehicles.

Ananya Prakash, Peer academic leader

Ananya Prakash is the undergraduate peer academic leader for the CS LLC. She is a member of the class of 2019 with a major in Information Technology and Informatics and a minor in Business Administration. As peer academic leader (PAL), she provides mentoring and academic support in the residence halls and is an immediate resource for LLC members. Ananya is an avid member of the Harry Potter Alliance, an on-campus community service organization, and an executive board member for the Meditation Club. She is also a part of the Douglass-DIMACS Computing Corps, an organization focused on creating interactive and fun activities for middle school girls interested in computing. As PAL for the LLC, she has grown both academically and professionally and has “made many friends and connections that [she] will cherish for life.”

Xinqing (Cindy) Tao, Graduate mentor for classes of 2020 and 2021

Xinqing (Cindy) Tao was the graduate student mentor for the first two years of the CS LLC, during which time she assisted CS LLC students in the classes of 2020 and 2021. She graduated in 2018 with a double master’s degree in Computer Science and Statistics, where her studies focused on computer software development and data analysis. Cindy is now working as a software developer for Intuit in California

Class of 2023 CS LLC:

CS LLC Class of 2023 (alphabetically by first name): Afsana R., Alisha D., Andrea G., Anjelica S., Camryn H., Catherine S., Connie C., Isabel S., Judy Y., Kayleigh S., Kelci M., Madison L., Muqiu C., Pooja P., Samantha S., Shambhavi R., Tiffany L., Tiffany L., Valentina S., Xochitl M.,

Class of 2022 CS LLC:

CS LLC Class of 2022 (alphabetically by first name): Amanda A. (Old Bridge, NJ), Arly G. (Elizabeth, NJ), Bria w. (Lindenwold, NJ), Danielle R. (Cherry Hill, NJ), Deepika O. (New Providence, NJ), Destiny D. (Linden, NJ), Divya B. (Robbinsville, NJ), Emily N. (Ocean Township, NJ), Gloria S. (Kearny, NJ), Isabella P. (Livingston, NJ), Jessica K. (Morganville, NJ), Julia W. (Mount Laurel, NJ), Karen L. (Galloway, NJ), Kelly J. (Demarest, NJ), Khanh L. (Monroe Township, NJ), Kinza I. (Haledon, NJ), Samantha L. (Parsippany, NJ), Sandhya V. (Belmont, MA), Shania G. (Newark, NJ), Soumya D. (New York, NY), Sruthi S. (Wayne, NJ), Tasfia S. (Brick, NJ), Xiaoxuan C. (Millburn, NJ),

Class of 2021 CS LLC:

CS LLC Class of 2021 (alphabetically by first name): Danni X. (Zhejiang, China), Diane T. (Voorhees, NJ), Elaine Z. (Saddle River, NJ), Elizabeth T. (Paterson, NJ), Elora B. (Hackettstown, NJ), Gianna C. (Jackson, NJ), Grace M. (Morris Plains, NJ), Ji Yun H. (Millburn, NJ), Julianne B. (Jersey City, NJ), Masami T. (Jersey City, NJ), Melisa G. (Glen Head, NY), Muskan V. (Kearny, NJ), Nicole C. (Elizabeth, NJ), Nithi K. (Parsippany, NJ), Sydney C. (Edison, NJ), Tiana Y. (Union, NJ), Tiffany C. (Passaic, NJ), Viruthihaa B. (Iselin, NJ), Xiwen S. (Edison, NJ), Yisel B. (North Bergen, NJ), Yufan L. (Changsha, China)

Class of 2020 CS LLC:

CS LLC Class of 2020 (alphabetically by first name): Akanksha S. (Chesterfield, NJ), Cheyenne A. (East Windsor, NJ), Ciera F. (Nutley, NJ), Drashti M. (Mumbai, India), Gianna S. (Roselle Park, NJ), Haihong Z. (Shanghai, China), Laurah O. (Newark, NJ), Maura T. (Hillsdale, NJ), Megan K. (Cranbury, NJ), Prithika A. (Jefferson Township, NJ), Somdatta G. (Jersey City, NJ), Stephanie P. (Clark, NJ), Tiani E. (Trenton, NJ), Victoria H. (Winslow, NJ), Xiao Y. (Shanghai, China), Xingcheng R. (Zhejiang, China), Yating L. (Guangzhou, China)