Nikita Pola

  • B.S. in Computer Science

Nikita Pola

Global Challenge: Sustainable approaches to land management

I’m inspired by the curiosities of data science: how lines are drawn in classification problems, how we value and commodify personal data, how biases can shape an entire scientific result.”


Born and raised in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey (the peak of suburbia), I started to appreciate the impact equitable and accessible technology has on people and communities on a global scale! Majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics and cybersecurity, I hope to obtain the technical skills to build technology products that aim to uplift underserved, marginalized populations in the world to help level the playing field of opportunities for each individual. 

After coming to NYU, I have interned as a Software Engineer Intern at JPMorgan Chase & Co. working on iOS development, and for Vital Audio a startup at NYU future labs, aiming to make healthcare more accessible via remote patient monitoring. I've also competed in the SPARK Innovation Hackathon (winning 1st place), the Wyakom Competition (placing as top 9 finalist), and on the EE/CS team at NYU Rogue Aerospace, competing to launch a rocket!

Additionally, I love sharing my passion for STEM with other students & so I have sat on the executive board of Society of Women Engineers for the past 3 years in order to foster community and host professional development workshops for over 200+ women engineers. I am also a teaching assistant for an engineering & innovation forum under Professor David Lefer. Similarly, I've volunteered in Hyderabad, India as a bilingual teaching assistant for the Women's State Home Orphanage & Devnar School for the Blind.

Apart from school, I love to stay active by playing soccer, lifting, and hiking with my family! In light of my passion for sport - I am beyond excited to be a Software Engineer Intern for Nike this upcoming summer!