The Alex Ginsburg ’93 Fellows

The Alex Ginsburg ’93 Fund for Computer Science and Algorithmic Thinking Fellows is a new and permanently endowed fund established to provide opportunities for guidance and mentorship for students of computer science at Amherst College. Fellows will assume a variety of roles, including:

  • assisting department faculty in courses and providing academic support to students
  • working across departments with faculty who want to incorporate computer science and algorithmic thinking into their teaching and research
  • collaborating with the fellows in statistics and in data science

We are pleased to introduce our first group of Ginsburg Fellows, who will help support our courses in spring 2019:

Pedro B. Balduino Morais ’21

Pedro's photo Hello! My name is Pedro and I am a sophomore from Curitiba, Brazil. I was first exposed to Computer Science here at Amherst College, and completely fell in love with it.

I am particularly interested in the practical applications of CS to facilitate and improve our lives; feeling inspired by platforms that are revolutionizing our daily routine with CS, such as Uber, Lime and Airbnb. I hope to one day use my CS knowledge to develop a platform that improves our daily lives and fosters a safer, better world.

Outside of CS, my hobbies include playing volleyball, soccer, and guitar, as well as the occasional videogame. My favorite place to spend time in is the beach, especially the ones back home.

Mackenzie Stein ’19

Mackenzie's photo I’m Mackenzie Stein, and I’m a senior computer science and mathematics major here at Amherst. I’m interested in machine learning and artificial intelligenc, and am writing a senior thesis with Professor Scott Alfeld on the topic of adversarial machine learning. Next year I’ll be working as a software development engineer at Amazon. Outside of computer science, I work as a resident counselor and play ultimate frisbee, and I love to travel. 


Ana Verma '20

Ana's photo I am a junior pursuing a Computer Science and Neuroscience double major along the pre-med track. Although before college I knew nothing of Comp Sci, I immediately fell in love with the exciting field after taking just an intro course. Outside the classroom, I am involved in AWIS, Project Salud, Amherst Rotaract Club, and Women's Chorus. When not occupied with my Neuro and CS workload, I can be found reading, listening to music, and bingeing on YouTube videos. 


Shukry Zablah ’20

Shukry's photo I'm a Class of 2020 student from El Salvador. I am studying both computer science and statistics, but I have also enjoyed my math and philosophy courses. Given those are my areas of study, I am partial to machine learning, but I have also developed an interest in the network stack due to one of the most recent courses I took. Outside classes, I spend some of my time exercising, practicing data science, or learning web development. At this point of my college career, I am most interested in attending a good graduate school to continue learning, and to consolidate my interests in order to find a job and be part of a team. Additionally, at some point, I would like to bring back some of my talents to El Salvador and have a significant impact on the development of the country.

Crystal Zhou ’21

Crystal's photo I never thought that I would fall in love with the subject of computer science. When I learned Turtle graphics in middle school and VPython in high school, the reasoning behind lines of code was never explained. We were expected to read through the code ourselves, understand the intuition and reproduce code that serves similar functions. I learned not how to write new code that performs new functions but how to memorize the existing ones and imitate on a limited basis. I detested the repetitiveness of such learning and thought that I would never touch programming or anything related to computer science ever again. Persuaded by a friend of mine, I took the introduction to computer science 111 at Amherst and was immediately enthralled by the logic puzzles presented by each week’s lab. Under the guidance of Professor Gardner, the logical structure of Java became clearer to me and I understood how to extend beyond class material in application. On campus, I am an amateur potter and an active member of the humanist society, debate society, and trading club. I just completed the second part of the introduction to computer science and I am determined to continue my pursuit of the study of computer science.