नमस्ते WORLD🙏🏽

My name is Muskan (muhs-kawn), which means smile in Hindi 😊 I am a second-year student at Virginia Tech pursuing Master of Science (Thesis) in Computer Science advised by Dr. Sang Won Lee. I am currently working on investigating perceptions of trigger/content warnings on social media. My research interests lie in HCI intersecting social computing, specifically digital mental health and computer-mediated empathy.

What keeps me going in tech?

I want to contribute to making tech more inclusive and equitable. May it be by conducting user studies on how marginalized people are affected by social media, or increasing gender diversity just by being in the room where important tech decisions are being made.

I am creative and curious at heart. Love to learn new things and gain experiences which make me a well-rounded person. (I believe the world is my oyster, and yours too) 🦪

Purpose-driven. Enthusiastic about diversity and inclusion, makeup art, public policy, and mental health.

Education 🎓

Aug 2021 - May 2023 (Expected)

MS CS (Thesis) at Virginia Tech

Jul 2013 - Jul 2017

B. Tech in CS at Manipal Institute of Technology

Work experience 💻

May 2022  - Aug 2022

The Trade Desk

Software Engineer Intern in Identity Team

Oct 2017  - Aug 2021

Juniper Networks

Software Engineer II in Routing Protocols Development Team

Jan 2017  - Sep 2017

Commvault Systems

Software Development Intern in Database Team