Sneha Popley ’10 Engineering Online Travel

PopleySneha Popley graduated in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. She now is an engineer at Hipmunk, a startup consumer-oriented online travel company located in San Francisco, California.

Growing up, Sneha was always playing with computers. She said computers were like a series of puzzles waiting to be solved.

Sneha chose TCU Honors College because she was curious about “the big picture” and how fundamental ideas from different fields are related. One Honors professor, Dr. Bob Frye, particularly inspired her. She said his freshman composition class helped transform her writing into what it is today. Even as a computer scientist, Sneha has always valued clear, concise writing. Dr. Frye helped her to develop skills that “have been invaluable as a customer-facing software engineer.”

Sneha’s favorite memory at TCU is winning the Boller Award for her honors thesis in 2010.

“As a finalist from computer science, I never expected a highly technical and theoretical research topic to win,” said Sneha. “I even compared my thesis to the Lion King as I conveyed its importance to a liberal arts audience. The award took me by surprise; the support and happiness I got from my professors in the honors college, math and computer science [departments] was extremely moving.”

After graduating from TCU, Sneha enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago for computer science. During her time in Chicago, she was the recipient of McCormick Fellowship, which is awarded to the highest rated applicants to the physical sciences. After she finished her master’s, Sneha moved to San Francisco, California, where she currently resides.

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