Lisa Y. Bao

Swarthmore College
Xerox Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Lisa Bao is an senior at Swarthmore College, completing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Linguistics. She is interested in computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, and the impact of Big Data on contemporary society.

“I don’t think much about “famous” women in computing, because they seem so distant from my own life. Instead, I am inspired by my female role models and mentors in CS: the professors in my Computer Science department at college, the senior CS student who agreed to be my lab partner sophomore year and taught me about version control, my supervisor during a summer internship who was the first female engineer to join the company as an early-stage startup. Rather than being light-years ahead of me, their achievements are close enough that I can imagine myself following in their footsteps.”