• Hi - I'm Andrea! 🤓

    I'm a product manager at Microsoft (SwiftKey) based in London 🇬🇧

    download my CV here

about me

I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a BSE in computer science 💻. One of my most deepest interests is diversity & inclusion in tech. During university in 2015 I founded FemmeHacks, one of the world's first annual hackathons for those identifying as women or non-binary.

I also helped with other STEM outreach in the Philadelphia local community. Clubs like Women in Computer Science regularly held events like coding workshops and panels where I taught or advised students. Many of us were mentors for Tech It Out Philly, a weekend web-development program for students in local under-resourced areas. I spent a few years as a teaching assistant for CIS110, Penn's intro CS class 👾.

Outside of tech you'd find me enjoying all water sports 🌊, finding new 100% bean to bar chocolate 🍫, and petting shibas in one of London's many parks 🐶. Talk to me about anything Balkan-related!

What I'm good at

skills

Product management

Work w/ dev, design, data science, and marketing teams

Java

Most of my coding experience derives from Java and some C

Python

My first programming language! (With the first project being a video game)

Web dev

Learned for fun outside of school and work

Languages

Fluent in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian; conversational in Spanish

Experience

Work Experience

product manager Microsoft

Currently a product manager for the SwiftKey team in Microsoft London 🇬🇧. I work closely with developers, data science, and business to build user-centric features with decisions driven by data.

[october 2018 - present]

program manager intern Microsoft

PM in Office on the File IO team in Redmond, Washington 🌲. I researched and reported on the
File->Move and File->Delete features that all Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) were considering.

[summer 2017]

software engineering intern Qualcomm

SWE intern on the Modem Performance team in San Diego, California 🏄‍♀️. I built an internal tool that allowed my team to test new modems for mobile devices in our lab's simulated cellular network.

[summer 2016]

undergraduate technical intern Intel

Intern on the Internet of Things team, researching IoT solutions for Intel to invest in and writing documentation on the now-retired Edison makerboard 🤖.

[summer 2015]

Education

Education

I studied computer science and graduated in 2018, transferring after my freshman year from Drexel University. I took courses on topics like

  • Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Operating Systems
  • Machine Learning
  • Software Design

My favorite classes were in the Russian & Eastern European Studies and Gender Studies departments, with professors like Kristen Ghodsee.

I attended an all-girls high school outside of Philadelphia which I credit for my pursuit of computer science.

In the media

Read more about FemmeHacks

March 2017

The beginning

Here is a 2017 article I guest-wrote about my initial feeling of being unsuited for studying computer science and how FemmeHacks' "culture" hopes to refute that feeling in others.

February 2016

Penn's student newspaper

The Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn's student newspaper, interviewed organizers and participants. With the help of an incredible organizing team, FemmeHacks has grown from 30 to 250+ annual participants (with great sponsors like DuckDuckGo and Jane Street in tow)!

March 2019

University visitors

Penn's President Dr. Amy Gutmann and Engineering School Dean Vijay Kumar dropped by in 2019 to hear from hackers themselves about their experiences.