Department of Computer Science graduate student Alyshia Bustos has been selected as a finalist for the 2022 National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Collegiate Award. Bustos’ project is “New Technologies and Approaches to Teaching Computing to Diverse Young People through Interactive Murals”.
The award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact. The 80 finalists were selected based on their achievements and the technical capabilities exhibited through their projects submitted in their preliminary applications.
Bustos received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from UNM. She holds a doctorate. student studying with Leah Buechley, associate professor of computer science, in the Hand and Machine Lab at the Farris Engineering Center. Bustos was one of the creators of an interactive mural outside the lab, as part of the National Science Foundation-funded research project, Developing Novel Surface Computing Technologies and Learning Experiences to Engage Underrepresented Youth in STEM. The images and interactions were designed to illuminate the connections between textiles and computing, as well as to highlight the role of women in the history of computing.