New Haven, CT
Class of 2020
Teaching Assistant: Systems Programming & Computer Organization; Data Structures; Introduction to Computer Science; Introduction to Computer Programming
June 2017 - July 2017
Course: Mobile Software Development
Class of 2016
Redwood City, CA
January 2021 - Present
Introduced handwriting recognition into the student math editor to allow students to convert their handwritten math into LaTeX that is inserted into their document.
Integrated a Ruby on Rails logging system into the Notebooks (student document system) codebase to log student and teacher usage of editor functionality and determine areas for further improvement.
Used Grafana and Prometheus to visualize incoming data for all the CSTA K8S environments from MongoDB representing worldwide cyber security threats and attacks on the AT&T servers into order to debug, monitor, and track performance and resource utilization.
Enhanced 10 Java codebases for the Corporate Security & Threat Analytics (CSTA) team to remove potential security flaws indentified by Veracode Greenlight.
June 2018 - August 2018
July 2020 - November 2020
Supervised a team of interns for the finance team, during which time the team raised $39.4 million in the third quarter – more than any race in Maine history, second-largest for a senate race nation-wide, and quadruple our Republican opponent Susan Collins. Projects included researching donors, preparing for national fundraisers, phone banking to solicit donations from high capacity donors, and buttressing critical operations in campaign finance compliance.
Automated in Python integral tasks for the finance team including calculating giving history for potential donors, standardizing contributor information for NGP, and streamlining the generation of thank you notes in order to significantly increase efficiency and output for the whole team.
Supplemented the overarching campaign effort during Get Out the Vote by knocking on over 1,500 doors for the field team, utilizing constituent pressure to expand access to absentee voting for 10 Maine municipalities with the voter protection team, and staffing both drive-in Sara Gideon rallies for the political team.
New Haven, CT
September 2019 - March 2020
Uphold a safe and welcoming environment despite the presence of protestors by escorting patients to the clinic and enforcing boundaries on protestor behavior.
Redesigned the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee website by using HTML/CSS and Wordpress plugins to adapt the Tech for Campaigns template to fit the PHDCC specifications.
November 2019 - January 2020
Westerfield, C., Doolittle, B. (2021) “Spirituality of the Traumatized Child: A Call for Increased Faith Community Participation in the Trauma-Healing Process for Children.” Journal of Religion and Health.
Zhang, R., Westerfield, C., Shim, S., Bingham, G., Fabbri, A., Verma, N., Hu, W., Radev, D. (2019) “Improving Low-Resource Cross-lingual Document Retrieval by Reranking with Deep Bilingual Representations.” Association for Computational Linguistics.
Fabbri, A., Li, I., Trairatvorakul, P., He, Y., Ting, T., Tung, R., Westerfield, C., Radev, D. (2018) “TutorialBank: Using a Manually-Collected Corpus for Prerequisite Chains, Survey Extraction and Resource Recommendation.” Association for Computational Linguistics.
Yale Law School
January 2019 - December 2019
Determined the most common phrases (bi-,tri-, and four-grams) in the U.S. Legal Code and mapped changes in the rankings of these phrases from 1925-2012.
Developed a data analysis sytem using Python-based NLP libraries to process opinions written by the U.S. Supreme Court Justices to draw conclusions about the complexity, sentimentality, and polarity of their writing.
October 2018 - December 2018
September 2017 - May 2019
Determined the optimal re-ranking system as applied to multilingual tasks for the development of a cross-lingual information retrieval system specifically for low-density and surprise languages, with training data in Swahili and Tagalog.
Create and update the All About NLP (AAN) website interface and database with a focus on improving search queries through machine learning as part of a team of developers.
September 2017 - December 2018
September 2015 - July 2016
Used R to research mutations in the RAS pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans to determine possible sites of cancer in the equivalent human pathway.
Westerfield, C., Nijhawan, S., Lee, A. (2018)
"Hello World! Teaching Coding Fundamentals to K-8."
WE18 Society of Women Engineers National Conference.
New Haven, CT
March 2019 - March 2020
Founded the Float Foundation, Inc. 501(c)(3) charity as president of Float – the Yale Women in Computer Science Society – to streamline the company sponsorship process for tax-deductible donations. The increase in the Float budget will provide funding for conference scholarships, student project stipends, and community-building events.
New Haven, CT
April 2019 - March 2020
May 2018 - May 2019
May 2017 - April 2018
Spearheaded the inaugural Yale Hack for Justice to encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration between Yale social justice organizations and computer science students. Emerging projects addressed reproductive justice and prison reform – one of which led to a new website for the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project.
Fostered greater community among Yale women and gender minorities in the computer science major through workshops, social events, town hall meetings with professors, and company partnerships.
New Haven, CT
April 2018 - May 2019
May 2017 - March 2018
Created pathways for women engineers at Yale to explore post-graduate opportunities by hosting professional development events and organizing group attendance at the National SWE conference.
New Haven, CT
Developed a year-long computer science curriculum applicable for students in grades 5 – 8 to teach programming fundamentals that culminated in a final project.
Organized a computer science project fair for more than 120 students to showcase student progress after a year of the Code Haven curriculum.
Directed a conference that will guide more than 50 teachers from elementary and middle schools across Connecticut on how to introduce computer science and programming software into their classrooms.
Founded first ever club at Evanston Township High School to encourage more girls to participate in higher level science courses and pursue careers in STEM. Events included organized shadow days at Northwestern University, design competitions, monthly meetings, and tutoring programs for more than 150 club members.