Riya is a Software Engineer on the Engineering Services team at Qualtrics. She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Computer Science and minoring in Cognitive Science or Economics. She interned at the Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab creating innovative tools to promote peace. She wanted to learn how to actually build what was discussed so she could take her own ideas and continue to create meaningful products. Her computer science classes at Georgetown are taught in C++, and at Hackbright Riya has learned Python. Riya grew up in the Bay Area, and attended Castilleja High School in Palo Alto. She enjoys solving puzzles, understanding how elements of the real-world actually work, trying new things (resulting in the decision to attend college across the country), and devouring cheese platters.