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Building the UNM Computer Science Community

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$8,750
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Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
28 Donors
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Project ended on September 30, at 11:59 PM MDT
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Meet the incoming chair of the Department of Computer Science, Lydia Tapia

September 20, 2022

Growing up, Lydia Tapia was curious about computers, but didn’t have much interest in what would eventually become her area of expertise: computer science.

An Albuquerque native, the now-professor and incoming chair of the Department of Computer Science was actually more interested in biology. One of her first exposures to computer science was when she was a student at Sandia High School and became involved in the New Mexico High School Supercomputing Challenge.

“My friends and I signed up because we were strong math students and we got a trip to Glorieta [New Mexico],” she said. “I didn’t even know how to code!”

When she asked her father for a computer, she had her heart set on what she thought was then the state-of-the-art: a Commodore 64.

“He got me a Commodore 128, and I was so disappointed,” she said. “I didn’t realize the 128 was actually a better computer than what I’d asked for!”

When she was a senior in high school, she was an intern at Sandia National Laboratories through the Career Enrichment Program. Although she found some of the projects interesting, she wasn’t convinced that a career in computer science was right for her.

Even though she wasn’t set on a career in computer science, she began..... Continue reading

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