Hi, I'm Lina Kaval, a fifth year computer science (through the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences) and University Honors student at the University of Cincinnati.
I am also working towards a certificate Business Analytics through the Lindner College of Business. After experiencing my first year at UC, I felt that Big Data and software development are my main interests, mirrored in my educational decisions. I experienced my first coop in the fall of 2019 at The Lubrizol Corporation and returned for the summer 2020 semester. I have also worked at Ellington Management Group as a Data Engineering Co-op in the Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 semesters. I currently work at MZA Associates Corporation as a Web Developer Coop. I am a proud alumna of the Lakota East High School Class of 2018. I like to sing, dance, and learn about new technology.
My interest in computer science started when I took Computer Science 1 in my sophomore year of high school. Although I didn't immediately excel in the class, I enjoyed the challenges and having to problem solve. However, after taking Computer Science 2 and Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A, I definitely knew that programming was something I wanted to pursue. I even managed to get a 5 on the AP exam. Within computer science, I am interested in data science, programming, web development and project management. I also want to help girls like me, who may not have thought about computer science as a career, have the opportunity to discover computer science.
My other interests stem from my background as the daughter of two immigrants. I am half Japanese, half Turkish, and this has helped me be accepting towards other people of other cultures and backgrounds. This has made me want to explore other cultures and ideas. My next travel plan is Bali, Indonesia over winter break 2022 and Turkey during spring break of 2023.