Speakers and Judges

Whitney Code Jam 2021

Speakers for Code Jam 2021

Gad Allon

Gad Allon

Keynote Speaker

Gad Allon is a professor of Operations, Information and Decisions and the director of the M&T Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

He received his PhD in Management Science from Columbia Business School in New York and holds a Bachelor and Master degree from the Israeli Institute of Technology.

His research interests include operations management in general, and service operations and operations strategy. His articles have appeared in leading journals, including Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and Operations Research. Professor Allon won the 2011 “Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Award” of the Production and Operations Management Society. He is the Operations Management Department Editor of Management Science and serves on the editorial board of several journals.

Gad is an award-winning educator, teaching courses on scaling operations and operations strategy. He has also been an innovative leader in many educational technology initiatives. He is the co-founder of ForClass, a platform that enables professors to drive higher student engagement and accountability in their classrooms. Professor Allon regularly consults firms both on service strategy and operations strategy.

Lucy Wan

Lucy Wan

Workshop Leader

Lucy Wan is a sophomore studying computer science at UC Berkeley and a Whitney alum. She is also an incoming software development intern at Vanguard. She has interests in security, web development, fintech, and artificial intelligence. Lucy will be holding a workshop on creating a personal website through github pages.

Danny Cho

Danny Cho

Workshop Leader

Danny is currently a Software Engineer at Google working on operating systems. Danny has had experiences in distributed systems, databases, networking, and security.

Danny thinks that computer science is important because computers have become substantially powerful and accessible - solutions that we can build through CS can impact the world at an unprecedented scale, and access to a laptop grants you (almost) the same development tools and power as a professional engineer. If you've ever been curious about how you're able to send selfies through Snapchat or how Fortnite allows you to shoot others down so smoothly, Computer Science may be the field for you.

Eleanor Birrell

Eleanor Birrell

Workshop Leader

Eleanor Birrell is an assistant professor at Pomona College. Prior to taking on her faculty position, she completed her PhD at Cornell University and holds a B.A. in computer science and mathematics from Harvard University. Her primary research interests are in usable security and privacy. She researches a broad range of problems in that space, including understanding user preferences and behaviors and developing new tools for enhancing privacy.

She will be giving a workshop introducing security and privacy within computer science.

Varun Bharadwaj

Varun Bharadwaj

Workshop Leader

Varun is a senior at Whitney High School, and is also a current student in the CTE pathway's capstone course on Artificial Intelligence. In his spare time, Varun enjoys building and programming robots for the school's robotics club, playing Valorant, Fortnite, Minecraft, or R6 Siege with his friends.

Varun will be holding a workshop on the basics of using Git and Github as a version control software.

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Brian Tom

Workshop Leader

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Judges for Code Jam 2021

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

Judge / Faculty Advisor

Matt Johnson is a teacher of physics and artificial intelligence at Whitney High School. He believes that the computer is the defining invention and device of modern humanity. As such, all young people need have at least some exposure to the logic upon computers are built. In order to be self-sufficient, useful, and aware of how society is changing, the computer needs to be a tool students can enjoy and command rather than some mystery device.

Danny Cho

Danny Cho

Workshop Leader / Judge

Danny is currently a Software Engineer at Google working on operating systems. Danny has had experiences in distributed systems, databases, networking, and security.

Danny thinks that computer science is important because computers have become substantially powerful and accessible - solutions that we can build through CS can impact the world at an unprecedented scale, and access to a laptop grants you (almost) the same development tools and power as a professional engineer. If you've ever been curious about how you're able to send selfies through Snapchat or how Fortnite allows you to shoot others down so smoothly, Computer Science may be the field for you.

Richard Crow

Richard Crow

Judge / Faculty Advisor

Richard Crow is a Computer Science teacher at Cerritos High School. Richard has been a teacher for over ten years, and prior to teaching Computer Science he taught Math at both Cerritos High and Teztlaff Middle schools. He graduated from California State University in Fullerton, and did his student teaching at Cerritos High. Richard loves teaching Computer Science because it allows him to encourage students to pursue STEM fields in college.

Eleanor Birell

Eleanor Birrell

Judge / Workshop Leader

Eleanor Birrell is an assistant professor at Pomona College. Prior to taking on her faculty position, she completed her PhD at Cornell University and holds a B.A. in computer science and mathematics from Harvard University. Her primary research interests are in usable security and privacy. She researches a broad range of problems in that space, including understanding user preferences and behaviors and developing new tools for enhancing privacy.

She will be giving a workshop introducing security and privacy within computer science.