About Me
  Welcome to my website! My full name is Jennifer Alexandra Thompson, but I always use my middle name, Alexandra (al-eks-AHN-dra). I am originally from Toronto, Canada and I spent a lot of my life growing up in Dallas, Texas. I am also a second generation Romanian immigrant on my mom's side.

 I've always been fascinated in exploring how technology can help people in so many capacities; like speeding up grocery lines with self-checkout machines and automatically reminding someone of important birthdays through smart phone notifications. When I took a love to coding in high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a computer science degree and find more ways to improve people's lives through technology.

 Currently, I'm a Computer Science Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech. My primary research interest is Computer Science Education and I aim to become a university professor.
  • August 2017 - Started Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) in Computer Science at the University of Toronto Mississauga
  • March 2021 - "Exploring How Students Use an Online Learning Environment" Poster @ SIGCSE '21
  • May 2022 - Completed HBSc @ UTM, with Distinction
  • August 2022 - Started Ph.D. in Computer Science at Virginia Tech
Fun Facts
  • I have been a huge gamer my entire life. I play games on my gaming computer, Nintendo Switch, PS4, Wii and Steam Deck. Here's a really long list of my game recommendations.
  • I love learning French and have been learning on-and-off for many years. I love to travel to MontrĂ©al, Canada in my spare time and practice my french.
  • I'm really into playing tabletop roll-playing games (TTRPGs), like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Shadowrun and Vampire: The Masquerade.