• Route: Sierra
  • Ride Year: 2021
  • Hometown: Plano, TX

About: Hi, my name is Ira! I’m a senior studying Computer Science with a minor in Art History. At UT, I’ve worked as a Resident Assistant and a Pod mentor for freshmen students. I’ve also been a part of Code Orange, Texas Spirits, and Spark Magazine.

Outside of school, I love taking and editing photos, running my food blog, and trying to attain new crafty hobbies (the latest attempt has been embroidery).

After UT, I hope to work at the intersection of CS and Design and help create products that make people’s lives easier. I also want to work in driving accessibility in tech and making STEM education more readily available to young women.

Why I Ride

My mom is the strongest, smartest, and most selfless woman I know. She is also a cancer survivor. I ride for her and for the battle she fought. I wish I could have been less terrified and more reassuring throughout my mother’s fight, but all I remember is being so scared at the possibility that things could continue to escalate. (Mom, when you read this, I love you endlessly, and I am so so proud to be your daughter!)

I ride for my Nani (maternal grandmother), who also won her fight against cancer.

Both my mom and my Nani are women I strive to be more like. They effortlessly give so much to other people and inspire me to step outside my comfort zone everyday. My mother immigrated to the US for the benefit of her kids and has spent years volunteering with children in the foster system. My Nani worked as both an English professor and as a teacher for disabled students. When I last visited her school in New Delhi, the love all the children had for her was apparent with so much energy radiating throughout the room. I ride for these inspiring women and for their health.

I ride for families affected by cancer-a cruel disease that no one should ever have to experience. I ride for all my teammates and their loved ones as well.

If there is anyone in your life that I can ride for, please let me know.

With love,