Hi, I'm Lina Kaval, a fourth 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. Currently, I am working at Ellington Management Group as a Data Engineering Co-op. 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. I am currently learning Korean and I hope to visit Korea, or even backpack through Europe someday.