Sabina Rajasundaram - Founder and CEO
Sabina Rajasundaram is passionate about sharing her software development skills to empower and train under-served and under-represented young adults for the technology industry. She has worked in various software engineering roles in the software industry in three continents - Asia, Australia and North America.
She earned a Masters degree in Computer Science (MCA) from Madras Christian College in Chennai, India in 2000, and a Bachelors of Science in Physics from Women's Christian College in Chennai, India in 1997. She started her career in Satyam Infoway as a Software Engineer in 2000, where she was given an award of excellence for solving a very complicated technical problem for an Australian client which some other companies in Australia were unable to solve. She worked as a Senior Software Engineer in the Banking and Finance sector, representing Satyam Computers at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), in Manhattan, New York. After relocating from New York to Arizona in 2004, she worked as a Software Engineering Manager for at iCrossing, a digital marketing firm in Scottsdale where she led several software development projects and successfully recruited software engineers for her team and for the rapidly growing Product Development division.
While taking a break from work to raise her two daughters, she learned to teach by teaching children with special needs at church, and by teaching her own children. When she decided to return to the workforce, she wanted to use her software development skills and her teaching skills to help the under-served. From 2017 to 2019, she taught accelerated courses in Java programming at GateWay Community College to young adults who are part of the Year Up program. Year Up is a non-profit that helps young adults move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in one year. After taking her Java programming classes and completing internships through Year Up, most of her students were offered full time software engineering positions in companies like American Express, Nationwide, Pulte Group, Bank of the West and are successful in the software industry.
She brings fun, creativity, engagement and a sense of belonging, purpose and community into her classroom. She cares about her students, sets high expectations and provides high support to help her students succeed.
Her heart's desire to see and help create a culture in which diversity of people, thought and ideas are valued in the tech industry and beyond.
“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer