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Keren Herran

Place of birth:

Silver Spring, Maryland

Family Heritage:

Puerto Rico and El Salvador

Education:

Student at Springbrook High School

Current job:

Student

Bio

As a second generation Latina immigrant, ever since I was a young girl, my parents taught me compassion for others and a desire to make a difference. I was attracted to the sciences, beginning my middle school years, when I learned how medical researchers help improve people’s lives. In high school, driven by this personal interest, I realized that there are disciplines, such as computer science, that are interrelated with the medical field. Through computer science, 3D prosthetics can be printed, genetic codes can be analyzed (bioinformatics), and robots can be programmed to assist surgeons.

Bio

I am currently a National Academy Foundation of Information Technology candidate at my high school and am studying advanced Java. My previous projects have revolved around the creation of android mobile phone applications. I am a Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program alumni and previous Walter Reed Institute of Research Apprentice. I won the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) Maryland and Delaware Affiliate Award and the NCWIT National Runner-Up Award in 2014 and 2015. I am a past Technovation Challenge Competitor and am the leader of my high school's Student Women in Technology club. I enjoy competing at computing hackathons regularly and attending computer science conferences. I am a quick witted and driven individual. After completing a future college degree in computer science, I aspire to secure a position that will utilize my computer programming skills in the medical science field.

Why would you recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls?

I would recommend Latinas explore careers in science and technology because STEM professions are incredibly empowering and interesting. Few things are as empowering as coding software for the next artificial intelligence smart car, 3D printing a prosthetic for a patient's use, or designing the next popular website such as Netflix, among other innovative applications.

Moreover, because science and technology are constantly developing and advancing, there is never a dull moment in these fields. Ultimately, committing to STEM (especially computer science) is committing to an adventurous path in which one develops innovative products for the future. That is definitely a career field I want to be a part of!