Nepali Women in Computing

Shreeya Dhakal

Shreeya is a doctorate student in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. Her research interest lies at the intersection of Natural Language Processing, Computational Linguistics, and Machine Learning. She is currently working on computational modelling and analysis of arguments in written texts, under the supervision of Dr. Collin Lynch.

Shreeya is passionate about developing linguistics tools for her native language, Nepali, and has an experience of working in the research and development of linguistic resources for Nepali. She was involved in the development of Nepali Stemmer, which is a part of the Snowball library and Nepali Full-Text-Search Support for PostgreSQL.

Shreeya attended Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) for the first time in 2019. There she got to learn about different Systers Affinity groups supporting women in tech from their communities. She also got to learn that there isn’t one for Nepal, and that is when she decided to start Nepali Women in Computing. She got various opportunities through GHC, including an internship at Apple and meeting other NLP researchers. She wants to create such opportunities for other women from her community through Nepali Women in Computing.