Katie Wassell is Kramden’s Geek of the Week! Katie has been volunteering at Kramden since July and is our newest Super Geek. This volunteer stands out because of her positive attitude and willingness to lend a hand wherever help is needed most. We are thrilled to have Katie as a dedicated member of our volunteer team! Thank you, Katie.
Favorite Geek Book: Ender’s Game
Favorite Geek Website: xkcd.com (web comic)
Favorite Geek Movie: How to Train Your Dragon
What is the Geekiest Think About You? I graduated from NC State with degrees in Computer Science (game design concentration) and English (creative writing concentration).
What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Kramden? My favorite thing about volunteering with Kramden is knowing that the computers we build will go to children who wouldn’t be able to have one otherwise. I do high school and middle school outreach activities to get kids interested in STEM, and programs like Kramden give kids the tools to help grow that interest.
Best Kramden Moment? The first time I took a computer apart by myself. I had always worked on the software side of computers, so hardware was completely new to me.
When you are not volunteering at Kramden, what do you do? I work as a Test-focused Software Engineer in IBM’s Watson division. I work on Natural Language Processing algorithms for Watson. (Basically, I teach a computer how to read and understand books and research papers). In my free time, I read, swim, and juggle.