Sep 12, 2013
Sept. 12, 2013
Dayna Stevenson and Zlatina Todoroz are honored for academic excellence in technology and technical excellence
SALT LAKE CITY
- Westminster alumni Dayna Stevenson (Class of 2013) and Zlatina Todorov (MBA Class of 2011) were honored for their technical accomplishments during the sixth annual Women Tech Awards luncheon September 12. Stevenson was presented the "Academic Excellence" award, and Todorov was presented the "Technical Excellence" award during the ceremony.
Each year, the Women Tech Council (WTC) recognizes technology-focused women who are driving innovation, leading technology companies and are key contributors to the community. Stevenson was among three student finalists, and Todorov was selected among 17 finalists working in the technology field. A selection committee from the technology industry, venture, government and professional communities selected the finalists and award winners.
Stevenson graduated from Westminster in June of 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. She was encouraged to pursue a technology-based career by her parents, who worked in high tech spheres at ATK.
During her four years at Westminster, Stevenson learned a great deal about computer science and economics from her professors, developed leadership skills as an officer in the Computer Science Students Association and gained experience in event planning, graphic design and web design while working in Westminster's Office of Institutional Advancement.
Stevenson used a variety of technological tools to help plan and execute events for Institutional Advancement at the college. She also used her programming abilities to streamline data entry and processing, event map-making and other time-consuming tasks.
"What's so exciting to me about technology is that it applies to everything. Technology is a huge part of every industry," said Stevenson. "My computer science program was really fun, and all the projects we worked on were really applicable. We did things that were actually useful, like creating databases. And our final project was usually a game, which was really fun for me."
Stevenson graduated from West Jordan High School as valedictorian, was named a National Merit Scholar and earned a full-tuition scholarship to Westminster. She entered the University of Utah's Computer Science Master's program where she will focus on video game development. Her goal is to start an indie gaming company and design educational and historical video games that challenge and enrich the player.
Todorov emigrated to the U.S. from Bulgaria in 1997 and graduated from Westminster in 2011 with her Master in Business Administration. She is the director of enterprise application support and software engineering at O.C. Tanner.
During her time at O.C. Tanner, she spearheaded many significant projects that increased the ease of efficiencies and bolstered the reporting capabilities of technology offerings for her company's clients.
During the past six years, the WTC has honored 90 women and 15 university students. The WTC also recently launched a scholarship program that offers scholarships to high school students pursuing science, technology, engineering and math degrees.