April 13th from 10am to 2pm at Queens High School Complex


Ralph Decatrel

Chief Technology Officer at Finario

Ralph leads Finario’s world-class engineering team and is responsible for the application architecture and overall technological vision. He is a proponent of agile software development methodologies and the inherent advantages of internet-scale, cloud platforms. Prior to Finario, Ralph served as the Director of Software Development for Shutterstock (SSTK), a leading online marketplace for commercial digital imagery, and for Medidata Solutions (MDSO), a Software-as-a-Service provider of clinical development applications for life science organizations. He received his BS in Computer Science from New York University.

Karen Feng

Software Engineer at Google

Karen Feng is a software engineer at Google. She has worked there for over ten years, on products like Google Docs and Drive, a DDoS attack mitigation service, and on various infrastructure services. Currently she is working on the Search team at Youtube in New York. She is an alumni of Hunter College High School ('04) and of Harvard University ('08, BA computer science).

Natividad Munoz

Vice President of Information Security Division at Bank of New York Mellon

Natividad is a Project / Program Manager for Next Generation Engineering team within the Information Security Division at the Bank of New York Mellon. In her role as project/program manager, Natividad is responsible for all projects associated with emerging technologies, which include but are not limited to Cloud, Blockchain, and Mobility. Natividad is an active member of business and employee resource groups within The Bank New York Mellon that support the company’s vision of diversity and inclusion. In her spare time she likes to submerse herself in other cultures and learn other languages, she is currently tri-lingual speaking English, Spanish, and French and is currently studying Italian and Japanese.

Workshop Speakers


Kamile Demir

Computer Science: Journeys of a BHSEC Alum
CEAS Communications Student Designer

Kamile, a BHSECQ alum, is a second-year student pursuing a Computer Science major and Digital Arts minor at Stony Brook University. Her past experiences include co-head organizing & graphic designing for Stony Brook University's first hackathon SBUHacks, and holding the role of Secretary for Stony Brook Computing Society. Currently, she works as a developer for a startup and as a designer for the SBU College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her main focus is to develop software for the animation/film industry & create more opportunities for women in CS as part of Stony Brook Computer Science department's new initiative.


Lena Sawyer

HTML Fundamentals
Manager of Teen Programs at the New-York Historical Society

Lena Sawyer is a Digital Media Educator and Technologist. She is the Manager of Teen Programs at the New-York Historical Society, where she uses artifacts and digital media to talk about the story of this country and the stories of ourselves. In addition to her 6+ years of experience in museum education, Lena has also assistant-curated Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Culture and written performing arts reviews for Culturebot.


Nick Benzoni

Mechanical Engineer at MakerBot
3D Printing Workshop

Nick is a multi-disciplinary hardware engineer working as a Mechanical Testing Engineer at Makerbot. He spends his work days trying to make the best 3D printer possible, generating, analyzing, and communicating tons of data in order to help the engineering staff make the best design decisions possible. He is also an avid rock-climber, and pretty-okay basketball player. Nick is from Los Angeles, CA, and recieved his BS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA, and his MS from Georgia Tech.


Shanti Chellaram

Security in the Digital Age
Software Engineer

Shanti has been programming for about a decade and a half now, with 8 years of that in the industry. After graduation, she started at a large financial services company, then moved to a couple different startups in NYC. She is currently attending the Recurse Center, after which she is considering either re-entering the industry or doing research towards a graduate degree. When she’s not behind a keyboard she’s probably trekking up some of the nature near NYC.


Asha Owens & Rebecca Kwee

Founders at BestFit
BestFit Workshop Part One
BestFit Workshop Part Two

BestFit is the Youtube of college decision-making: we use video-based narratives and personalized recommendations to help students find and apply to their best fit colleges. We are a women-led company founded in 2018 by Asha Owens and Rebecca Kwee, who have backgrounds in computer science, neuroscience, finance, and teaching. Since then, we've received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build our app, and are preparing to launch BestFit soon.