ESP Biography

KAITLYN O'DONNELL, NEU Junior Studying Computer Science

Major: BS in CS

College/Employer: Northeastern University

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi I am an enthusiastic teacher who will talk to everyone and encourage bad puns. I am interested in web development, GUIs, industrial manufacturing, woodworking, card games, video games (currently osu! and FTL), speedrunning, and various other niche things. I would love to talk about these as well as provide honest answers to any questions about college in general, Northeastern University, life in Boston, etc.

Past Classes

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C12861: How to think like a computer in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
Programming languages solve the problem of communication. How do I, a human, communicate with a machine? In this class, we will discuss how we get a machine to understand our instructions. You will work in small teams to give me instructions to solve a problem. I will understand a few key words and do what you say in a way that simulates a computer. Can you get me to solve the problem on your first try? You might get more out of this class if you know nothing about programming.

E11600: Egg Drop Challenge in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Want to do some hands on problem solving where you can work with and make friends with your peers? Do you like dropping things off of stairwells? Do you like coming up with eggcellent egg puns? Do you like rhetorical questions? Then this class is for you! The plan is to take some everyday materials and try to protect an egg when we drop it off of a stairwell about a story off the ground. You'll be working in teams of four to complete a protection system in just 30 minutes! Seems like not a long time, but an hour was too easy last year. I am determined to make this Egg Drop Challenge hard boiled, not over easy.

X10667: Sex Ed is Fun! in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Are you interested in comprehensive sex ed? Do you wonder what your health teacher left out? Are you curious how sex ed applies to the LGBTQ+ community? Come learn all the sex ed your health teacher never taught you and discuss related topics in a nonjudgmental, safe space. Come with questions!

E10671: Operation: Egg Drop in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
How hard is it to protect an egg while dropping it off a roof? Come work in teams to make an egg protection system out of everyday materials and drop it off the roof. Bring your best egg puns to name your protection system with. Get eggcited!