CDM Female Role Models

CDM Student: Janie Cisneros - Human-Computer Interaction

My name is Janie Cisneros. I am a Chicana, born and raised in Dallas, TX. I attended the Science and Engineering Magnet High School in Dallas. Growing up, I was always an activist within my community and took on many leadership positions within student organizations. Through my efforts, I was able to achieve the Gates Millennium Scholarship and attend Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

As an undergraduate at Cornell, I was active in different organizations such as Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan (MEChA), Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Order of Omega National Honor Society, Office of Minority and Educational Affairs Community Service Coordinators and President's Council of Alcohol and Other Drugs.

After a long struggle, I received my Bachelor's of Science in Communications from Cornell  in January 2006. My major was Information Technology and my concentration was in Latino Studies. In March of 2006, I began my journey through the Human-Computer Interaction Master's program at DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media in the windy city of Chicago, IL.

Currently I am a part of a Medical Imaging Research team at DePaul University. Taking part of the research experience has been absolutely fantastic! My team is extremely dedicated to its causes and I encourage you to look into the different research opportunities at DePaul.

When not at work, I like to surf the web, read novels, and sleep! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via e-mail at

CDM Student: Alia Bashir - Computer Science/Math Information Systems

I am currently an undergraduate Honor Program student working towards the completion of my joint bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Math with a minor in Information Systems. 

I am graduating one year early and have financed 95% of my education on my own --- two of my greatest accomplishments. I will continue to attend DePaul University for my Masters in Project Management in 2007. As an undergrad, my research experience includes the medical imaging field as well as global knowledge management. 

 The results from my medical imaging research were accepted in the form of a poster for the 2006 Annual Women in Machine Learning Workshop as well as the 2006 Biomedical Informatics Workshop, and as a paper for the 2006-2007 SPIE Medical Imaging Conference in San Diego, a well-recognized conference for medical imaging. 

I was also involved in research with the American Institute of Management and Strategy Co. and was the co-author of a paper and poster accepted to the International Conference of Knowledge Management (ICKM), 2005 Proceedings in the Journal of Information and Knowledge Management. Besides the rigorous coursework and research work, I am also involved in extracurricular activities that include being the event coordinator for the Computer Science Society (CSS-ACM Chapter), the student mentor for HerCDM (a inspiration/support group for females in CDM), and the treasurer for Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE) Honor Society.  

In addition, I am the founder and president of MiSS, a Mini Summer School program, in which I have taught low-income children in the community of Bensenville for the last six years.

For questions, my school e-mail address is:

Personal Quote: The more experience you have, the better it gets! Getting down and dirty with IT is key to trying to get your foot into the industry when it comes time for job hunting!