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Natnael
Kelkay

Cohort 8

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Major: Computer Science and Math

Research Interest: Artificial intelligence



I am passionate about creating solutions to diverse and complex problems. My interest includes how technology can be applied to the real world. More specifically, I am also interested in how Artificial intelligence can be used to improve the lives of those who are medically challenged.




WHAT DREW YOU TO THE CSS PROGRAM?

I was most excited to be a part of a community that cultivates opportunities in cutting-edge research, professional development, leadership training, and mentorship. The strong focus to pave the way for academic success also attracted me to the Program.


WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE CSS EXPERIENCE SO FAR?

The CSS Summer EXCELerator summer program has been my favorite experience so far. While taking courses, I was able to get closer to the rest of the cohort. The team bonding experiences we had were very memorable and the academic workshops CSS organized for us helped me get a better understanding about the possibilities at UNC.


HOW HAS CSS SHAPED YOUR CAREER GOALS?

Being a part of the CSS program has exposed me to areas of research that I have not thought of before. The CSS program has also shown me the possibilities of my interest area and helped me make the path I want to take more clear.


WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY RESEARCH INTEREST?

I am passionate about creating solutions to diverse and complex problems. My interest includes how technology can be applied to the real world. More specifically, I am also interested in how Artificial intelligence can be used to improve the lives of those who are medically challenged.

During the summer of 2019 I worked with Dr. William Gasarch, the head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Maryland College Park. I worked on creating computer algorithms and proofreading the mathematical models for his soon to be released publication on the Muffin Problem.