About

bacs-headerSarah Withee is a polyglot software developer currently working at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. She completed her computer science degree last year at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

While at UMKC, Sarah gained three years of experience writing artificial intelligence code for the UMKC Robotics Team, was a member of the UMKC Programming Competition Team, and was the president of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (the CS/IT honor society).  She also taught an Intro to Programming 2 (C++) course, and a Intro to Programming 2 lab course while working towards her undergraduate degree.

Sarah is currently a mentor for a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team and has previously mentored two FIRST LEGO League robotics teams, all whom have won numerous awards, including a top award at the FLL world competition.

She has participated in a number of panels, evangelized STEM careers to many schools, and has started speaking at conferences. She has given over 20 talks about engineering or robotics to various elementary, middle, and high schools. Her conference talk “Intro to Hacking with the Raspberry Pi” became the largest attended talks at the Kansas City Developer Conference in 2015.

In her free time Sarah enjoys hacking on various projects (including the Raspberry Pi!).  She has participated in three hackathons, including one in which her team won the Best Mobile App award.

Sarah is also committed to supporting women in computer science.  She is on the planning committee for the Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas Women in Computing conference. She has also been a mentor for the Tech sHeroes program for middle schoolers, and a member and conference planner for the Society of Women Engineers.