Dorothy Zhang

  • B.S. in Computer Science

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Global Challenge: Sustainable urban infrastructure

A global leader is determined, persistent, and open-minded, but most importantly, always ready to stand up for the future they want.”



I was born in China, then raised across four countries and four US states — a progression that exposed me to various perspectives, and piqued my interest in humanitarian innovation. As of now, my family lives in Tennessee while I study Computer Science at NYU. 

My academic interests stress interdisciplinary exploration, and I love working at the intersection of computer science and areas that may not be inherently technical. One of my most memorable projects so far involved using natural language processing techniques to predict political affiliations of public opinion survey questions, under the umbrella of computational social science at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Through the vertically-integrated projects at NYU, I’ve had the opportunity to conduct research on ethnic restaurants within NYC’s cultural enclaves in the late 1800s, as well as the causes of and metrics for modern urban food insecurity. In addition, I TA for the Computer Science & Engineering department, which has been a great learning experience.

Outside of academia, I play the piano and double bass, and greatly enjoy going on walks through forests, eating good food, and picking up new hobbies for several weeks at a time.