Meira Goldberg of Teaneck loves math, but she didn’t want to study accounting or actuarial sciences at college. She decided to major in computer science at Touro’s Lander College for Women and will graduate as the school’s valedictorian at commencement on May 28. Meira, a participant in LCW’s honors program, will graduate with a 3.98 GPA, earning her a place on the Dean’s List. She also is a presidential scholar.
Her thesis project was a recipe converter website application she created. The tool can be used to multiply, divide, portion, or scale recipes to a desired yield or serving size. “There are other tools out there, but I found they had flaws,” she said. “They either did not convert the ingredient list to standard kitchen measurements or required entering each ingredient separately, which can be tedious for a long recipe.” Her application solves these problems.
As co-president of LCW’s computer science society, and because computer science is a relatively new major at LCW, Meira worked to increase learning opportunities for her fellow students. She also participated in LCW’s Women’s Hackathon, a daylong event focused on improving programming skills and meeting other women in tech. “My team used Google Maps API to create an application called ‘Fill the Map,’” she said. “Our goal was to create a platform were people could text a picture and address where they did a good deed to ‘fill a map’ with acts of kindness.”
Meira also got real-world experience at various internships and jobs she held during her time at LCW, including at Quantum Networks and UnitedHealth Group doing web development, learning new programming languages and database skills, and honing her craft.
After graduation, she will work in software development at PGIM Fixed Income, a global fixed income asset manager whose parent company is Prudential Financial.