About Myself

Hi there! My name is Disha Srivastava and I am a rising second-year student at the University of Massachusettes, Amherst's College of Information and Computer Sciences studying computer science and economics. I am passionate about the intersection of business and technology and thrive on building projects that directly impact its users.

A project I am proud of is DeepCheck: a machine learning embedded web portal which, in conjunction with the current five foundational parameters in background checks, introduces the concept of utilizing a candidates' public Twitter feed activity to flag them for potential encouragement of hate crime or violence. Here on campus at UMass Amherst, I am the Director of HackHer413 II which is the first all-women and non-binary student hackathon in Western Massachusetts. As Director, I am responsible for orchestrating the second year of HackHer413 through leading student teams in marketing, finance, technology, and hardware to coordinate a successful 300 attendee hackathon. Outside of work and school, I love spending my time in the outdoors with all that nature has to offer sometimes barbecuing, gardening, or exploring a new hiking trail.

I am currently seeking internship opportunities for Summer 2020. I would love to get in touch and learn more about opportunities around software engineering for impact! Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn, tweet me at @dishsrivastava, or shoot me an email at dishasrivast@umass.edu

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My Experience

A fast forward through my journey in technology.

Director

HackHer413
2018 to 2019

HackHer413 is the first all-women and non-binary student hackathon in Western Massachusetts hosted at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


As Director, I am responsible for orchestrating the second year of HackHer413 through leading student teams in marketing, finance, technology, and hardware to coordinate a successful 300 attendee hackathon. In my previous position as Head of Sponsorship for HackHer413 2019, I raised over $50,000 in sponsorship funding for the hackathon initiative’s inaugural year through creating a dynamic sponsorship proposal and presenting to Fortune 500/start-up companies throughout the United States.



Student Researcher in Biotechnology

Rutgers University & Lawrence Livermore National Labs
2017 to 2018

Through the Waksman Student Scholars Program, in coordination with Rutgers University and Lawrence Livermore National Labs, worked with a team to design and implement a biotechnical research study focusing on the DNA sequence of Myo-Inositol-1-Phosphate in order to discover any further uses it may have. We extracted research data through a series of DNA replication and extraction (PCR) on given test subjects, and further analyzed results utilizing a DNA sequence analysis program (DSAP). At the culmination of our research study we presented a scientific poster with a full analysis of our results to research supervisors.



Summer Immersion Program

Girls Who Code @ Twitter HQ
2015

As a Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program student I spent seven intensive weeks at the Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco, CA learning foundational computer science concepts, exploring various programming languages including Python and Java, and experimenting with fields of technology such as Arduinos, animations, web development, and mobile application development. At the culmination of the program I collaborated with a team to create Donation Run which is an interactive web application which features charitable organizations and online single-player games to encourage more members our community to donate towards significant causes.


My Projects Portfolio

Throughout high school and now college, I have been a part of numerous passion projects in divergent fields such as technology, finance, biotechnology, business and consulting, and hackathons!

HackHer413 I & II

The first all-women and non-binary student hackathon in Western Massachusetts | 2019

DeepCheck

A machine learning & social media powered background check for firearm purchases | 2019

Little Scholars Nest Preschool Website

A parent-friendly preschool website | 2018

LunchBOX Waxing Salon Consulting Plan

A data driven B2C consulting proposal | 2018

Adira in Aleppo

A mobile game bringing awareness to Aleppo's then-current refugee crisis | 2017

Research on Myo-Inositol-1-Phosphate

A biotech research study on Duckweed | 2017

Skills to Save Bills

A financial literacy promotion campaign for students in middle and high school | 2017

Local BOSE Store Consulting Plan

A generation-focused consulting plan | 2016

Donation Run

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program Culmination Project | 2015

On the World Wide Web

Here are some exciting articles about projects I have worked on!

A Guide to Organizing a Gender-Minority Focused Hackathon

"In this article, I will ... anchor in especially on organizing hackathons for gender minorities ... When planning any hackathon, there are five main focuses: operations, technology, sponsorship, marketing, and hardware. When planning a gender minority empowering hackathon, another focus is added to the list: safety & inclusion."

Grad Student Applies Data Science to Combat Gun Violence

"During the research phase, House and Srivastava learned that the factors that may currently prevent an individual from purchasing a firearm -- felony or violent misdemeanor conviction, drug addiction, mental health, citizenship status, and others -- are one-time snapshots of data, and not real-time."

HackHer413 Holds Networking Event, Plans Hackathon for February

"Approximately 200 people attended the event, which was intended to provide students and industry professionals a chance to network, learn about opportunities at Boston companies, explore the different fields of technology, and make connections in the city."