Dorothy Zhang

  • B.S. in Computer Science

Dorothy Zhang

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 New Jersey, while I study Computer Science at NYU.

In 2020, amidst the pandemic, my team and I won NYU’s Robotic Devices Tandon Made Challenge, with our design for a robotic IV pole equipped with patient-synced movement and a fluid-monitoring system. The design aimed to improve procedural efficiency and reduce physical contact for nurses on the frontlines. Now, I am a member of the Solutions for Sustainable Futures VIP, where I’ve been researching causes of and metrics for urban food insecurity.

Additionally, I’m involved with SWE and Model UN at NYU. I am also a TA for General Engineering, and seeking more opportunities post-pandemic. Ultimately, I hope to work at the intersection of fields, though I am still looking to explore different possibilities as I gain new knowledge and experiences.

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.