Kesha Williams, M.S. is a software engineer, full-stack web developer, game designer, online teacher, and technical project manager with over 20 years’ experience working in the airline, medical, restaurant, and education industries. She’s been a software developer with Chick-fil-A (Corporate) since 2005 and has taught courses in the Java Certification program at the University of California, Irvine and helped to develop the curriclum since 2008.
She most recently earned the Think Different Innovation Award from Chick-fil-A in 2016 for her work on investigating how emerging technologies like Amazon’s Alexa can improve restaurant operations. In 2014, she earned the Distinguished Instructor Award from the University of California, Irvine to reflect the value she’s brought to the Java Certification program over the years.
She has worked for companies like Delta Air Lines, McKesson, and Keane Federal Systems (U.S. Air Force) serving in various technical lead and software development roles. She did her summer internship with the National Security Agency (NSA); how cool is that? Because of her passion for solving the STEM shortage by introducing people (especially young girls) to technology early on, she volunteers with organizations like Black Girls Code, Usher’s New Look Foundation, Technovation, MentorNet, Junior Achievement, and Code.org because they share her same vision and passion.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction novels and writing technical articles for Java Code Geeks.