Laurel is currently a second-year graduate student at OSU pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science. Her research involves exploring machine learning methods for species distribution modelling. Laurel graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BS in Electrical Engineering and worked as a hardware designer for four years at Inogen Inc. Her work focused on product design involving all aspects of the design cycle – from theoretical design all the way through manufacturing. Her exposure to firmware development during her time at Inogen inspired her to pursue an advanced degree in CS. In her free time, Laurel enjoys outdoor activities (backpacking, camping, hiking etc.) and enjoys practicing yoga.