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I'm Daniela Markazi!

I am an Informatics Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (where I received dual Bachelor's Degrees in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and a minor in Natural Resource Conservation), a Generation Google Scholar, a Computational and Data Science Fellow from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on High-Performance Computing, and formerly a software/robotics engineer at John Deere. I have a strong dedication to supporting young individuals, women, and underrepresented students in their pursuit of STEM fields and academic endeavors. Furthermore, I am committed to contributing to disaster relief and resilience in Puerto Rico. My research centers on harnessing technology to elevate societal well-being, with a particular emphasis on underserved communities, environmental contexts, and the empowerment of young individuals. I am advised by Dr. Luis Rodríguez and Dr. Rachel Magee.

Recent Highlights:

  • I created a new course at the University of Illinois titled Community-based Design and Management for Disaster Resilience! In this class, I teach students about human-centered design and how design justice principles can be used for environmental and sustainability-related projects in Puerto Rico.

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