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Rebecca Leeper

Rebecca Leeper is a privacy driven interdisciplinary software and network engineer consultant at Data Ductus Inc. At Data Ductus, her work is focused in the telecommunications sector, helping service providers improve their coverage by migrating to automation and the cloud.  Rebecca has also pursued research into emerging technologies, particularly AI, and their impact on international and national security at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, The Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University, and the Belfer Center at Harvard University. Rebecca will be launching the Common Good Digital Framework with the Boston Global Forum and AIWS, a platform purposed at bringing authoritative knowledge and raising awareness about violations of ethical values and standards by governments and large organizations misusing technology. The CGDF will monitor and alert against the misuse of Artificial Intelligence, personal data, and neglect of cyber security

Qualifications and Skills

Privacy Driven Interdisciplinary Software Engineer

BSc (Honors) Computer Engineering, AIWS Practitioner

Excellent technical and business communications skills, written and public speaking. Dedicated to integrating new technology with cross-
functional teams. Skilled in planning and executing on strict deadlines. Strong leadership and team-oriented attitude.

Languages: Java, C++, Python, C#, C, XAML, XML, MySQL, HTML, MIPS
IDEs & Tools: PyCharm, IntelliJ, Visual Studio, Xcode, Sublime, Atom, Cisco NSO, Camunda Workflow Engine, Git, ViroMedia, Docker,
Yang, Ansible, Git, Lux, pytes, Junit, Squarespace, Mailchimp, Microsoft Office

Awards and Honors

Northeastern University Commencement, 2019 Class Orator (1:34:08) May 2019
• Selected to deliver the 10-minute Student Address to 25,000 people at TD Garden
Northeastern University College of Engineering Senior Capstone Competition, 3rd Place Winner May 2019
• Placed 3rd of 20 in technical competition judged by industry leaders in the Greater Boston Area
Order of the Engineer, Inducted Member May 2019
• Association of graduate and professional engineersthat emphasizes leadership, pride, and responsibility in the engineering profession
Blanche Z. Greenberger Award, Recipient May 2019
• Highest award granted to an Alpha Epsilon Phi collegian in recognition of academic achievement, service, and leadership

Professional Experience

Data Ductus Inc., Maynard, MA August 2019-Present
Software Engineer: Network and software engineering consulting
• Contribute software engineering expertise in design and integration of solutions through software lifecycle, from requirements
definition, development, testing, through deployment
• Participate in sales and client presentations due to ability to translate user needs into software solutions
• Address application technical bugs and issues for timely resolution
Consulting Projects:
Service provider greenfield/brownfield provisioning (Python, pytest, Java, Lux, NSO, Yang); Network reconciliation (Python, NSO);
Various automation scripting (Python)
Data Ductus Inc., Maynard, MA July-December 2018
Software Engineer (Full-Time Co-Op): Network and software engineering and consulting
• Designed and prototyped new software service integrating open source platforms (Ansible, Camunda, Python)
• Developed and integrated first Camunda integration test, and multiple unit tests in a telecommunications migration project (Java,
Junit, Powermockito)
• Developed software enhancements and remediated multiple bugs in agile development cycle (Python, Java)
• Critical analysis and Threat Model evaluation of software in Cisco Secure Development Lifecycle (CSDL) toolbox
Textron GeoSpatial Solutions, Wilmington, MA July-December 2017
Software Engineer (Full-Time Co-Op): Software application enhancements and maintenance
• Remediated multiple bugs in mature satellite imagery exploitation WPF application (C++, C#, and XAML)
• Developed and integrated voice control into the application
Textron Weapon and Sensor Systems, Wilmington, MA July-December 2016
Computer Engineer (Full-Time Co-Op): Research and development of a correlation tracker
• Developed five real time standard tracking demos, integrating and applying the openCV image processing library (C++)
• Discovered the VOT (Visual Object Tracker Database) for benchmark standards of state-of-the-art correlation trackers
Cyber Policy
Northeastern University, Global Resilience Institute, Boston, MA January 2019- May 2019
Research Assistant, CINet Project
Space Security Conference 2019, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Geneva, Switzerland May 2019
Northeastern University Delegate

AI For Good Global Summit, International Telecommunications Union, Geneva, Switzerland May 2018, May 2019
Northeastern University Delegate
Harvard University, Belfer Center, Cambridge, MA August 2017-December 2019
Research Assistant, Information Sharing Project
Relevant Research Papers:
• Can They Block Me!? A Review of How Courts are Qualifying Government Social Media Accounts with Respect to Public Forums, 2019
• Racial Facial? The Ethical Considerations of Facial Recognition Technology Deployed in Body Worn Cameras, 2019
• Regulating Fully Autonomous Weapons, 2017
• Regulation on Cyber Warfare, 2017
Public Service
Committee to Elect Damali Vidot, Chelsea, MA August 2019-November 2019
Communications Director and Campaign Scheduler
• At-Large candidate earned the most votes in a municipal election since 2011, doubling Hispanic and low-income voter turnout
• Lead and developed media and communications strategy increasing Facebook and Twitter followers by 20%
• Wrote, edited, and designed press releases, all social media content, newspaper ads, weekly newsletters and community outreach
efforts, and campaign literature
• Designed, developed, and wrote all content for candidate website:
• Coordinated, managed, and lead scheduling, staff meetings, forums, and events
Global Governance of International Security & Politics of Diplomacy Course, Geneva, Switzerland January-July 2019
Teaching Fellow and Leadership Assistant
• Assisted with curriculum planning, grading organization of high-level meetings at the United Nations, and candidate interviewing
• Delivered full-class lecture: Emerging Cyber Security Threats
• Served as head academic advisor to all STEM students
The Cambridge Women’s Center, Cambridge, MA July 2017-July 2018
• Weekly shifts supervising the domestic violence hot-line and providing support to visitors and members
• IT support and initiated migration to Google Drive for volunteer and organization documents, scheduling, and communications
Global Governance of International Security & Politics of Diplomacy Course, Geneva, Switzerland May-June 2017
Visiting Student Researcher

Academic History

Northeastern University, Boston, MA | GPA 3.501 May 2019
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Cum Laude, with a minor in International Security Studies.
Computer Engineering and Security Studies Electives:
Introduction to Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition; Law and Ethics of Digital Technology; Computer Architecture &
Organization; Computer Systems; International Conflict & Negotiation; The Arab-Israeli Conflict; Ethnic Political Violence
Leadership and Activities:
• College of Social Sciences and Humanities, International Conflict and Negotiation, Teaching Assistant Fall 2018
• Northeastern Husky Call Center, Student Fundraiser January-August 2018
• Northeastern Office of Alumni Relations, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, Student Leader 2018-2019
• Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Student Advisory Board, Student Representative 2017-2019
• The Gordon Institute Engineering Leadership Program, Selected Participant July-December 2017
• Embark: The Undergraduate Applied Science and Engineering Review, Co-President 2018 2016-2019
• Student Government Association, Operational Appeals Board, Justice 2016-2019
• Alpha Epsilon Phi, Phi Omega Chapter (2014-2019), President 2018 2014-2019
– Chapter of the Year 2018, Community Service Award 2018, Risk Management Award 2018
Relevant Technical Projects:
TWIST: Through-Wall Imaging System & Technology Spring 2019
• Integrated MIT Prof. Dina Katabi’s through-wall visualization research with augmented reality (ViroMedia)
Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to Classify Street Signs June 2018
• Designed a six-layer CNN that achieved 90% accuracy on the Belgium Street Sign dataset (Python, Tensorflow)
Interactive Website Linked to Backend SQL Database Fall 2015
• Full stack development creating website with user access to backend database (HTML, Microsoft Access, MySQL).