Katya Gonina · Software Engineer · Twitter
Katya was born in Moscow and lived in Germany and the US throughout most of her adult life. She was drawn to programming and math in school because it was the universal language. Katya started coding when she was 13 making games in Visual Basic. After winning a state wide coding competition, she chose to major in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She got a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, where she wrote software to make speech recognition applications run more efficiently on parallel processors. Katya interned at Amazon.com, Intel, Microsoft Research, and Google. She’s now at Twitter building data processing tools such as Summingbird and Scalding, which help analysts to speed up data analysis queries and uncover trends in data faster. Katya’s advice is to join a women’s group in Computer Science to make friends and learn together.