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Tina White

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Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University; Executive Director, Covid Watch

Tina White is the Executive Director of Covid Watch, an open source nonprofit she founded in February 2020 to investigate how to alert people to their exposure to COVID-19 while preserving their rights to digital privacy. Advised by Julie Parsonnet, Dan Boneh, and Plinio Morita, the Covid Watch research collaboration between Stanford and University of Waterloo was the first in the world to invent, develop, and open source the decentralized Bluetooth exposure alert technology, now used by the Google/Apple APIs. 

Tina is also a Stanford PhD candidate and Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow. After her M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Arizona, she patented a method for eliminating transonic flutter in turbomachinery at Honeywell Aerospace. While at Stanford, she developed novel machine learning algorithms for faster and more accurate reduced order models, and designed neural network architectures for approximating the solutions to partial differential equations.