How Talia Kohen, ECE ’06 came up with a promising new idea for trading clean power
In June 2017, Talia Kohen Cornell ECE ‘06 participated in a GE-sponsored EuroEnergy Hackathon in Berlin, with 100 participants from around the globe. Teams were challenged to develop an implementable software solution to non-carbonization for electrification of the European continent. She and her team built a Bitcoin Energy Solution, and won first prize.
“My Cornell experience has prepared me well for such a challenge,” said Kohen.
Shortly after graduating from Cornell ECE in 2006, Kohen went to work for Raytheon with a position focused on tracking and discrimination. She is currently completing a master’s degree in computer science on the Evolution of Words in The Google Books Corpus. She has implemented three algorithms, two known, and one she designed and later found in a textbook, and with those has been able to analyze one billion lines of text in two-and-a-half hours. During her master's work, Kohen independently developed by mere visualization a result in mathematics known as "Euler's F-Vector".
Kohen has received numerous awards and honors including: Anita Borg Birthday Celebration Director in Israel; a Google OutStander; Google Anita Borg Scholarship for Women in Europe and the Middle East Finalist; Google Campus Ambassador; Microsoft Israel Women of Excellence Program; Microsoft Excellence Summer Camp; ACM XRDS feature issue editor for the IoT Edition; IEEE International Radar Conference Poster Session Co-Chair and Steering Committee Raytheon Individual Performer Achievement Award - Ionospheric study Raytheon Spot Award; Raytheon Women’s Network MDC Site Representative; and was a Delegate to Grace Hopper Conference for Women In Computing. Kohen is the CEO of FemTech, a community for women in STEM in Israel. Upon completion of her masters degree, Kohen plans to earn a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence.