Aleis Murphy, Duke University, Masters of Engineering
Aleis Murphy, Masters of Engineering at Duke University

Aleis Murphy | Duke University | Computer Science Major | Software Engineer | Product Manager | Technical Sales Specialist


IBM Summit Program Internship 2015
Alice Programming Workshop for Girls
NCWIT Aspire IT program
Udemy Online Classroom Platform
Research on Middle School Girls in STEM Programs
Duke University Computer Science Major

IBM Summit Program Internship

During the summer of 2015 I had the exciting opportunity to work with the IT Specialist Summit Intern Program as a Technical Sales Specialist.  For ten weeks I lived and worked in Manhattan, creating sales presentations for IBM software solutions and meeting with potential clients to help match those solutions to the needs of the clients.  Reporting to the IBM Summit Program manager, I received outstanding marks on all reviews, and one of my presentation demos was posted to the worldwide solutions hub used by IBM Sellers and Tech Sellers.

The Alice Programming Workshop for Girls

In 2011 I co-founded a summer workshop to teach middle school girls programming concepts using the Alice software developed at Carnegie Mellon University. For the past five years I have been involved with the logistics, planning and teaching of the workshop.   For more information about the workshop, please visit our website at

Alice  Workshop Recognition

In  2013 we submitted our Alice Workshop for a grant through the NCWIT Aspire IT initiative, and became one of their pilot programs with funding from Google, Intel and Northrop Grumman.  Our workshop was selected for funding again in 2014 and 2015.  The Alice Workshop has also been promoted on Google’s Made with Code initiative web site as a Code Opportunity (2014-2015); highlighted as a National Girls Collaborative Project program (2014-2015); endorsed as a pilot program on the National Center for Women & Information Technology web site (2011-2015); and featured on the Microsoft Research web site (2013-2015).

MOOC Initiative

Currently, I am heading the production of a Massively Open Online Course based on our Alice Programming Workshop.  Coordinating with faculty and other Duke University and Stanford University students, we have laid out a course that will include ten interactive instructional videos that follow the workshop lesson plans.  Thus far we have created scripts, and filmed and edited lessons. The course is currently in draft mode, but I expect to have it available to the public through Udemy during the Spring of 2016.

Research Study

After gaining IRB approval through Duke University, I have collected surveys from previous Alice Programming Workshop participants.  The goal of my research was to determine if being part of the workshop makes the girls more likely to choose to participate in additional computer science classes in school or consider a career in STEM.  I am currently collating my data and creating a thesis, and expect to submit the results for publication in the summer of 2016.

Computer Science Experience

  • Teaching Assistant – Duke Masters CS Department – Programming, Data Structures & Algorithms in C++ (ECE551) – 2014-2015
  • Teaching Assistant  – Duke Undergraduate CS Department – Computer Organization & Design (CS250) – 2012
  • Poster Presentation - Grace Hopper National Convention for Women in Computing – Baltimore, Maryland 2012
  • Duke CS Internship - Campus intern for Professor Susan Rodger at the Duke University Alice Workshop for middle school teachers - Summer 2010
  • Software experience -
    • Proficient in:
      • Java, C, C++, Python
      • Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, etc)
      • Alice
      • Search engine/digital literacy
    • Experience with (and could quickly become proficient in):
      • Linux, Unix, and SSH
      • HTML, Javascript, PHP, CSS
      • NetObjects Fusion, Photoshop
      • Website development