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Dr. Afrin Naz

Dr. Afrin NazDr. Afrin Naz is an Associate Professor at the Computer Science and Information Systems department at West Virginia Institute of Technology. She received her PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of North Texas. She received more than 20 grants and authored numerous conference and journal papers. Dr. Naz is the Google Ambassador in West Virginia and arranged 5 face to face and online Computer Science workshops for k12 teachers at West Virginia. She is the funding Director of STEM Summer Academy of Girls in West Virginia and has also organized more than 10 workshops and camps for K-12 teachers and students. She serves as the Program Chair Elect of the 125th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition and serves on the Strategic Committee of West Virginia Department of Education. She is the director of West Virginia affiliate of NCWIT (National Center of Women and Information Technology), an ABET IDEAL scholar and West Virginia TECH Golden Bear Scholar. Dr. Naz is also the funding director of EMPOWERS (Establishing Mentoring Pipeline of Women through Education and Research in STEM).

Dr. Mingyu Lu

Dr. Mingyu Lu

Mingyu Lu received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1995 and 1997 respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. From 2002 to 2005, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Electromagnetics Laboratory in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was an assistant professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington from 2005 to 2012. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 2012 and he is currently an associate professor. His research interest includes wireless power transmission, radar systems, microwave remote sensing, antenna design, and computational electromagnetics. He was the recipient of the first prize award in the student paper competition of the IEEE International Antennas and Propagation Symposium, Boston, MA in 2001. He served as the chair of Antennas and Propagation Society of IEEE Fort Worth Chapter from 2006 to 2011. He is currently serving as the treasurer of IEEE West Virginia Section.

Current Students

Ana Alonso Olea

Ana Alonso OleaAna Alonso Olea is a Senior from Spain who is studying Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. She is the President of the WVU Tech SAE Aero Club, and a member of the WVU Tech Volleyball Team. Ana is also the Vice President of the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society and a part of the Pi Tau Sigma Chapter. She is currently working as a mentor to High School Students and researching different techniques to engage girls towards STEM fields careers. When she graduates, she plans to pursue her dream and find a job in the Aerodynamics field.

Brenden Blake

Brenden BlakeMy name is Brenden Blake. I am a CS student at WVU Tech. I don't have a concrete dream of where I want to work, but I do hope that, wherever I end up, I will be working to make the world a better place. This could be as simple as making someone's life easier with an app, or something on a much larger scale.

Caitlyn Taylor

Caitlyn TaylorCaitlyn Taylor is from Oak Hill, Wv and graduated from Fayetteville High School in 2019. She is currently a sophomore at studying Computer Science and History at West Virginia University Institution of Technology. Once she obtains her degree, she plans on pursuing her dream to work in Cyber Security with the Department of Defense.

Cami Robinson

Cami RobinsonCami Robinson graduated from Liberty High School in 2017. I am currently a junior at WVU Tech with the major Information Systems and I plan on becoming an IT professional for the FBI agency in Charleston WV.

Chris Grassi

Chris GrassiI am Chris Grassi and graduated from Hampshire High School in 2019. I am a sophomore studying computer science and mathematics at WVU Tech and I'm also captain of the Super Smash Bros Ultimate esports team. Once I graduate, I want to either further my education or pursue a career in modeling and simulation.

Elizabeth Lowe

Elizabeth LoweElizabeth Lowe is from Fayetteville, WV and graduated from Oak Hill High School in 2020. She is a freshman at West Virginia University Institute of Technology and is studying Information Systems. This past summer she was an intern for the First2 Network at the WVU Tech site conducting research on pulsar data and cyclostationary plots. After obtaining her undergraduate at WVU Tech, she plans to pursue a Master’s in Management Information System.

Hayley Gill

Hayley GillHayley Gill is currently a junior who previously majored in Nursing and transitioned to Information Systems. I graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 2017 in Beckley, WV. In the future, I plan to venture out of state and pursue a career in the tech industry. I love learning about other cultures, and I enjoy watching anime.

Isabel Barrio

Isabel Barrio

My name is Isabel Barrio and I am from Madrid, Spain. I am a mathematics major with minors in computer science and economics at WVU Tech. I am also a member of WVU Tech’s Women’s Basketball team. I have been working on middle school after-school programs in West Virginia since 2018, and I have been the leader for multiple NCWIT AspireIT programs. I am currently a senior, and in the future, I plan on furthering my education by pursuing graduate studies in mathematics.

Jalen Wayt

Jalen WaytJalen Wayt is from Ravenswood, WV and graduated from Ravenswood High School with honors in 2018. He is currently a junior studying Computer Science. He is an active member in Christian Student Union where he serves as President and also resides on the WVU Tech Rocket League Esports team. Once he obtains his degree, he plans on pursuing his dream of becoming a software engineer.

John Bill

John BillJohn Bill is from Glenville, West Virginia. He graduated in 2019 from Gilmer County High School and is currently a sophomore in Information Systems and Computer Science at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. He is a member of both the League of Legends and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Esports teams. When he graduates he wants to either further pursue his education and study abroad or work with artificial intelligence in the cyber security field.

John Clay

John ClayJohn Clay is from Alderson WV and received his GED in 2018. He is currently a junior studying computer science at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. After graduating, John plans to pursue a career in cyber security with the US government.

John Morgan

John MorganJohn Morgan is from Ronceverte, WV and graduated from Greenbrier East High School in May of 2018. He is currently a junior studying Computer Science at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. Once he obtains his degree, he plans on pursuing a career in software development.

Mathew Gilley

Mathew GilleyMatthew Gilley is a Junior Computer Science student. He is originally from West Virginia, however he grew up in the Atlanta area graduating from North Cobb High School in 2002.  Matthew spent 15.5 years Active Duty Army as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) and is currently on sabbatical until June 2022 when he will return to the Army as a CW3. His last 9 years in the Army he served as a advisor and project manager. With primary focus on formal education and development: training and oversight of instructors, maintaining and updating existing curriculum, and building new curriculum and education programs from the ground up.

Ryan Boccabello

Ryan BoccabelloRyan Boccabello graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 2019. She is a sophomore studying computer engineering at WVU Tech. Once she obtains her degree she plans on becoming a hardware engineer. Currently, she is training to help inspire k-12 grade girls to consider STEM fields as their careers.


ShanettineMy name is Shanettine. I am a sophomore majoring in psychology. I am from Gary, Indiana and I graduated from Morton High School. I enjoy shopping, playing basketball, reading and coding.

Steven Smith

Steven SmithSteven Smith is from South Portland ME. He is currently a senior studying computer science at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. He also runs on the cross country and track team at WVU Tech. After graduation, Steven plans on pursuing his MS in computer science as well as continuing his athletics career after graduating in May 2021.

Tommi Kenneda

Tommi KennedaTommi Kenneda is from Oceana WV and graduated Westside High School in 2018. She is currently a junior studying computer science at West Virginia University Institute of Technology and is also a part of the Rocket League Esports team. Once she obtains her degree, she plan on pursuing my dream of working with bio-prosthetics and exoskeletons.

Tyler Kibler

Tyler KiblerTyler Kibler is a sophomore studying computer science at West Virginia University Institute of Technology. He graduated from Washington Highschool in Charles Town, WV in 2019. He is currently the secretary for the campus chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), as well as a part of the Rainbow 6: Siege Esports team. After graduating he intends to pursue a career in software development.

Former Students

Cody Zackoski

Cody ZackoskiCody is currently a senior at West Virginia University Institute of Technology studying Computer Science and Information Systems. In the past, he has assisted with research on implementing low-cost high-performance computing (HPC) clusters. In addition to that research, he has developed curricula for courses designed to train WV public school teachers in project-based learning (PBL) as well as courses designed to equip WV public school teachers to teach computer science electives in their classrooms. In addition to developing curricula for these courses, he recorded numerous videos, assisted with online delivery, and provided continuing in-school support for the teachers involved. Upon graduation, he plans to enter the workforce and pursue a career in software development or IT administration.

Mildra Beyene

Mildra BeyeneMy name is Mildra Beyene and I’m from Ethiopia. I am currently a senior studying Civil Engineering at WVU Tech. I am also a Resident Assistant at Tech. I like playing different kinds of sports and I enjoy outdoor activities.

Additional Team Members

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Chase Broyles, Jordan Bowen, Mardigon Toler