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Alishaan Ali

first year at vanderbilt university

My name is Alishaan Ali.

I'm from Mason, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio and attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. I'm currently in my first year of pursuing a double major in computer science and economics.

The summer before my senior year of high school, I attended my very first hackathon, Hack Chicago, and I instantly fell in love with programming. At Hack Chicago, my team was awarded the Best Social Impact Hack award for creating Occurren, a cross-platform mobile application geared towards empowering parents of kids with autism to create meaningful relationships between their kids and other like-minded children nearby. Being able to create an application that could solve a major problem in society in just 24-hours was extremely empowering. This sparked my passion for computer science.

With that passion, I joined Mason Hack Club in high school. With some other like-minded students at Mason Hack Club, I ran my own high school and collegiate hackathons and events. I've run Hack Cincinnati, CincyHacks, CincyHacks Jr., and Hack Camp along with other events for nearly 600+ attendees.

With my work at Hack Club I was able to land multiple internships. I interned for GE Digital on the ServiceNow Platform Development Team. I worked exclusively in JavaScript to build up user stories that got deployed into production at GE. Over the summer, I learned so much about computer science. This further reinforced my belief that I wanted to pursue computer science. I found myself losing track of time as I engrossed myself in figuring out minute problems in my code.

I also had the opportunity to return to GE as a cybersecurity intern at GE Corporate. I was given the opportunity to develop full-stack features for GE's proprietary code signing service. I utilized GoLang, Docker, AngularJS, MongoDB, and other technologies to interface with GE's HSM and data centers.

In my free time, I enjoy going to the gym, playing cricket with friends, and reading as much as I possibly can. Currently, I am reading "Never Split the Difference". Next up on my list is "Shortest Way Home". Check out my GoodReads page!