AUSTIN, Texas (December 13) – MIT junior Abby Bertics (La Jolla, Calif.) was voted to the Volleyball Academic All-America First Team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Wednesday. Her selection marks the sixth year in a row the Engineers have been represented on the Academic All-America Team.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing CoSIDA Academic All-Americas and ranks second across all NCAA divisions with 276 honors. In addition, the women's volleyball program stands second with 23 selections as it trails the University of Nebraska on the list.
A first-time honoree, Bertics was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Third Team in addition to being chosen as the New England Women's Volleyball Association Player of the Year. She was tabbed for NEWMAC Athlete of the Year and All-Conference First Team accolades while also earning a spot on the NCAA Tournament Providence, R.I. Regional All-Tournament Team. Bertics finished second in the NEWMAC in kills (447) and kills per set (4.06) while ranking fourth in hitting percentage (.326).
A two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team qualifier, she is majoring in electrical engineering and computer science. As a Google Engineering Practicum intern, Bertics contributed to the development of the related posts feature for the Android and iOS Google My Business apps which provides dynamic example posts for merchants based on their location and business type. She was a Proof of Concept Development intern at Capgemini in Paris where she coded a real-time language translation app for a humanoid robot, Pepper. In addition, Bertics implemented an algorithm that allows a computer to recognize the configuration of a chessboard through image processing, determine the move the opponent made, and return the best move in response to enable Pepper to play chess.
In MIT's Toy Product Design class, she created "mozArt," a pen that links the experiences of drawing pictures and making music to create a synesthesia for the user. Bertics is the technology and web chair for the MIT Society of Women Engineers and supports as well as organizes philanthropic events for Sigma Kappa.