MacKenzie Novotny is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Linguistics and Technology program at Iowa State University. She has a master's degree in TESL/Applied Linguistics and bachelor's degrees in French and Linguistics from Iowa State University. Currently, her research interests include computer-assisted pronunciation teaching (CAPT) and automatic pronunciation evaluation at the segmental level. Having been at Iowa State since 2015, she has enjoyed working as a research assistant for a variety of projects, meeting many wonderful professors, and exploring Iowa State's beautiful campus. After taking a gap year to live in the Seattle area, she is excited to return to Ames and continue working, networking, and exploring.