Andrea Bugni has computer science degree from University of California, Berkeley and works for Intel

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Andrea Bugni (left) speaks to members of Estacada's Girls Who Code Club during a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Members of Estacada's Girls Who Code Club caught a glimpse of what their future could look like when Andrea Bugni spoke at their meeting last week.

Bugni is a 2013 graduate of Estacada High School and a 2017 graduate of University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in computer science. She works as a firmware engineer for Intel in Folsom, Calif.

She shared her experiences with the Girls Who Code Club on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Estacada library.

"(Computer science is) really cool. It's really neat," she said. "You can solve problems. It applies to all sorts of different things."

She discussed her experiences studying in college, applying for jobs and what it's like being a woman in the frequently male dominated computer science field.

"It was always interesting to walk into class on the first day and see how many women were there," she said.

She was drawn to the field in part because of her interest in the internet.

"I enjoy the internet, and the idea that so much information is out there and someone is giving it to me. It somehow awoke a fascination with computers," she said. "There are a lot of amazing things you can do with a little computer chip."

Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit group, was founded with the goal of closing the gender gap in technology. According to numbers provided by the organization, alumni who have already declared a college major are choosing to major in computer science or related field as a rate 15 times the national average.

In Estacada, the group has four members.

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