Sydney is a Computer Science PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon University, where she studies computer security and programming language design as a Graduate Research Fellow (selected by the National Science Foundation). Before moving to Pittsburgh for her doctoral studies, Sydney earned a BS and MEng in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from MIT, graduating with a 5.0/5.0 GPA and as a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.
During her time at MIT, Sydney worked with the MIT Media Lab to develop educational virtual reality games for high school physics students, designed nanophotonics simulations at the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology, and was named the CISCO Undergraduate Research & Innovation Scholar for her research on developing correct and secure computer systems at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. She spent her summers interning at Akamai, VMware, Microsoft Research, and Google.
Sydney’s tutoring strengths are in computer science and mathematics, from the high school to the undergraduate level. Her teaching experience includes being a lab assistant for Fundamentals of Programming (MIT) and a teaching assistant for both Artificial Intelligence and Computer Systems Engineering courses (MIT). She was also a volunteer tutor for Computation Structures during her time as an undergrad.
Outside of research and tutoring, Sydney enjoys long-distance running, visiting natural history museums, and watching bad sci-fi TV shows.