Well, that's me in the picture, trying to fly (I'm still learning) :)
I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, but my family moved to Harare, Zimbabwe when I was 8 years old,
and I grew up there, until I moved to the U.S. for university when I was 17. I've been at Oregon
State University (OSU) for 3 years now, and have reached the ripe, old age of 20.
Besides studying too much, I also work at one of the computer labs on campus, and
at the wireless helpdesk. I am also part of the
International Cultural Service Program (ICSP),
and if that website looks suspiciously similar to this one, that is because I made both of them :) As part of the
ICSP, I receive tuition remission in exchange for doing cultural presentations about Bulgaria and Zimbabwe
in the communities around OSU. My junior year, I was also an OSU College of Engineering ambassador, working
on engineering recruitment and retention activities mostly targeting women and minorities.
And now, here I am; it's summer 2005 and I am a DMP
participant sitting in a grad student office(!) at the fancy
Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering at University of Washington (UW),
in beautiful Seattle, Washington! It's all very exciting, and I am very happy to be here.