The Ohio State University has a lot to offer its students: 175 majors, 14 colleges, and an estimated 12,000 courses. But beyond the excitement those numbers can generate for incoming undergraduates, transfer students from smaller schools might find Ohio State a little bit intimidating with a campus that covers more than 1,700 acres, has 451 buildings, and boasts nearly 50,000 undergraduate students.
When Ariane Krumel (pictured on right) relocated to Ohio State’s Columbus campus in 2013, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Campus Change Program provided a seamless transition. “Campus Change picked up where the traditional freshman orientations left off. I felt challenged by the other outstanding scholars in my group to do my best as we all caught up in our new campus,” she commented.
A junior majoring in Computer Science Engineering, Ariane said that she loves the field because there is so much opportunity and enthusiasm for problem-solving. She recently attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the largest conference for women technologists. At the conference, Ariane witnessed technology created by women being used for open source products for non-profits and for language processing machines that played chess. “Computer science provides a unique opportunity to address inequity since it is an industry accustomed to fast-paced change,” and, Ariane continued, “Megan Smith, the Chief Technology Officer of the United State said at the conference, ‘If we know the problem, we can debug it!’”
Ariane has also paid it forward to her fellow students by mentoring through the Ohio Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), where she has two mentees who are freshman computer scientists. She also serves as the secretary of a student organization, Association of Computing Machinery Committee on Women in Computing (ACM-W), which encourages women to get involved in computer science and provides mentoring and role modeling for female students in computing majors. As Ariane better learns how to be a mentor through LSAMP, she hopes to put those mentoring skills to use in ACM-W.
Of the many opportunities Ariane has had so far representing the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Ohio State, the 2014 OHI/O Hackathon especially stands out. For 36 hours, 48 teams worked to build new apps, software or websites and then demonstrated them to an audience of students, faculty and representatives from tech companies. Ariane’s team won Top 10 Showcase/Most Useful for their facial recognition app to find friends with just a snapshot using Ariane’s code that integrated Facebook’s application programming interface (API). “It was an exciting and inspiring 36 hours working alongside really smart people,” she recalled.
After graduating in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering, Ariane hopes to pursue an advanced degree and a career as a software engineer.