School: University of Delaware
Year: Senior
Major: Computer Science and Cognitive Science

Golfer Aashaka Desai at the University of Delaware is a senior double major in computer science and cognitive science. She is captain of the golf team and she competed in three tournaments, or nine rounds of golf, this past fall, averaging an 83.11 with a par of +11. When not golfing, Desai, who is deaf, devotes her time to research at the University of Delaware’s Speech Language Acquisition and Multilingualism (SLAM) lab where she studies how artificial intelligence technology can assist people with hearing loss in daily life activities. Desai is also working on an app to help with word recall using semantic networks, vectors and clustering techniques. She’s a member of the Women in Computer Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society