DALLAS, Texas -- Simmons University senior crew member Peizhu Pam Qian (Beijing, China/Developing Virtue Secondary Girls School (Calif.)) was part of a four-person group chosen from universities throughout the world, that won the top prize in the Computing4Change competition hosted by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing at The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC18) at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas in mid-November.
This competition was about using technology to make social changes and it was open to any undergraduate students regardless of their majors. Students were able to apply for the competition in March by composing an essay about the most pressing social issues in the world and how data analytics and data visualization can be utilized to improve social wellbeing.
"I wrote about education because I am always passionate about educational technology," explained Qian, who is a Mathematics and Computer Science major at Simmons.
Qian was one of just 16 students selected in June out of 250-plus applicants.