Natalie O’Leary

Teaching Assistant at Princeton University

I am a senior at Princeton University studying Computer Science with a minor in Musical Theater. I am working on modeling bioluminescent bacteria in ocean waves for my senior thesis. I am developing a compelling simulation of this phenomenon in Houdini, advised by Professor Theodore Kim and Professor Adam Finkelstein. This past summer I worked as an AWS cloud intern at NOAA, and I aided in the publishing of over 120 TB of CMIP6 data to the cloud.

I am a violinist in the pit orchestra for the Princeton Triangle Club and I am a lover of hiking, singing, and frogs.

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AWS Cloud Intern, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

June 2020 – Aug. 2020

I transferred 120 TB of climate data to the cloud and set up cloud computing through JupyterHub and ran analysis scripts on the cloud data. I also granted access to the data across Amazon AWS accounts to GFDL and ESGF administrators and worked in collaboration with the NOAA, ESGF and GFDL through CIMES.

Teaching Assistant, Computer Science Dept. Princeton University         

Sept. 2020 – Present 

I give supplementary instruction on course material for 3 introductory CS courses and help students understand assignments and answer their questions. In addition I assist in debugging, guiding students rather than telling them answers.       

Grading Supervisor, Computer Science Dept. Princeton University     

Jan. 2019 – Present

I grade assignments of over 200 students in Computer Science courses at Princeton University each week and standardize and supervise other graders work to ensure uniform and fair grading. I also answer questions from students regarding assignment grades.

Counselor, Greenwood Music Camp, Cummington, MA.

Aug. 2018 – Aug 2019

I coach and play violin and viola with over 60 musicians aged 10 – 18. I live with and take care of the kids for seven weeks in the summer so I also keep the children’s prescriptions and medicines and make sure they take them each day.


Laboratory Intern, Health Alliance Hospital, Leominster, MA  

June 2018 – Aug. 2018

Received, logged and tracked over 1,000 specimens in the lab each day, included answering Emergency Room phone calls with add on tests. Additionally, I performed urinalysis testing and delivered specimens to other laboratories in the area.