Ishtar Nyawira is a computer science major at the University of Pittsburgh (class of 2018). Upon entering her freshman year, she chose to study biology but quickly grew interested in computer science, despite having little background in the field. After changing her major in her third year, she became wholly dedicated to educating herself inside and outside of the classroom in the fields of computer science. After she graduates with a B.S. in computer science and a minor in Korean, she will pursue a Ph.D. in machine learning or computer science. She works at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center on a machine learning project that will harness the power of deep learning to automate the process of high-resolution biomedical image annotation. Her current research interests include machine learning and deep learning, natural language processing and computational linguistics, software engineering, biological modeling and simulation, and the pairing of HPC and AI.