National Center for Women and Information Technology honors three local winners


The Greater Cincinnati INTERalliance recognized the local winners for receiving honors from the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

INTERalliance Board Member Ayushe Nagpal and Mina Ryumae received the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing High School Award, and Board Member Jillian Maher received the 2021 Kentucky Affiliate Educator Award.

Ayushe Nagpal is a senior at Mason High School with a passion for computing. Outside of school, Ayushe serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Cincinnati INTERalliance. As the organization’s chief operating officer, she strives to encourage local high school students to pursue computer science careers in the Cincinnati area by leading TechOlympics, the nation’s largest student-run technology conference and a series of professional development. She, alongside Mina, runs the INTERalliance Girls Who Code Club.

Beyond her role as COO, Ayushe interned at Procter & Gamble for Olay’s Super Bowl LIV campaign: #MakeSpaceForWomen. At P&G, Ayushe helped create landing pages to recognize other fearless women in STEM. She plans to pursue her love for computers by majoring in Computer Science at a four-year college. Ayushe received the 2021 and 2020 Ohio Affiliate: Honorable Mention.

Mina Ryumae is a senior at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. Throughout her high school career, Mina actively participated in and supported several computer groups and programs. As Director of Online Systems, Mina helps implement new software, manage websites, and support all technology needs.

Jillian Maher

She is currently working as a data analytics intern for P&G Olay’s e-commerce research team. In this role, she helps improve’s error tracking process, ensure accurate data collection, and design ads for their Gmail campaign. Mina was accepted into the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) through Early Action and plans to double major in Computer Science and Digital Media/Art. Mina received the 2019, 2020 and 2021 National Honorable Mention and won the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Kentucky Affiliate Award.

Board member Jill Maher is a computer science teacher at Randall K. Cooper High School, where she teaches introductory programming, principles of AP computing, project-based programming, and more. other courses. Jill is also the team leader of the CTE department and an INTERalliance sponsor. She works constantly to advocate and support the education of computer science students at all levels of learning.

At the regional level, she serves as president of the CSTA Northern Kentucky chapter and sits on the INTERalliance Board of Directors. She is currently furthering her expertise by working on her Tier 1 Certification in Teaching and Leadership, with a focus on Dual Credit Computer Science Certification. Jill received the 2021 Kentucky Affiliate Educator Award.


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