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St. Mary’s UniversityMy name is Juan Luna, and I am a junior computer engineer at St. Mary’s University. I am aspiring to be a technological leader in the United States and lead promising engineers to create cutting-edge technology. One of the fields that interests me is cybersecurity – my sense of justice and patriotism wants me to protect sensitive data from nefarious people. Last year, I was a recipient of the AFCEA scholarship, which helped support my study of the following terms of cybersecurity: phishing, ransomware, virus, spyware, etc. Thanks to this award, I was able to work in a REU in Georgia Tech University with the CIPHER department in GTRI Labs. In this project, I developed visualization tools with an automated malware analysis that made analyzing malware in real time faster. It was a great opportunity that opened many doors, and I wouldn’t been able to achieve it if it wasn’t for the help I received from AFCEA. My next objective would be to dig deeper in cybersecurity and develop sharper tools that the government agencies, such as DoD and NSA, can use to prevent criminal acts against the US and its citizens.
UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of SciencesSamantha Rodriguez is a San Antonio native and senior majoring in Mathematics and a member of the GE2MS/UTeachSA teacher preparation program. Last year she assisted a first-year teacher at Holmes High School as a math teacher’s aide. Currently she is a student teacher learning the full responsibilities of a teacher of record in a high school math setting. In the future, she plans to pursue a Masters in Mathematical Education. Samantha said of receiving this award: “Receiving this award was such a blessing. It removed the need for me to work during my clinical teaching semester. Hence, I am now able to focus on growing professionally as a teacher.”
UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of SciencesManuel Bravo is from Laredo, Texas. He is a senior majoring in Computer Science with concentrations in Cyber Security and Information Security. His interest in cyber security extends beyond academic study and is something he genuinely enjoys. He is an active member of the Computer Science Association, where he develops his technical abilities while networking with other students who share his interests. In his spare time, he volunteers at Goodwill and enjoys playing tennis. In the future he would like to earn an MBA after gaining work experience in the field. About receiving the AFCEA Cyber Security Scholarship Manuel said: “I cannot express how grateful I am to be the recipient of the AFCEA scholarship. This scholarship will ease the financial burdens that I currently have and help me focus on studies, and my future career.”
UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of SciencesLinda Martinez is a senior and will graduate in December with a degree in biology. She volunteers at her church by providing transportation for the elderly and disabled. Linda is currently teaching chemistry at Legacy High School, working with mostly 10th graders. After graduation, she plans to continue her education by first obtaining a master’s in education and eventually a doctorate. Linda hopes to work as a counselor or superintendent for a school district. She enjoys running 5K’s and is an active member of her church.
UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of SciencesBrianna Niblett is a senior and will be graduating in May 2018 with a degree in mathematics. She is currently a Student Assistant at Laurel Village Dormitory and has volunteered at numerous elementary, middle and high schools. After graduation, she would like to continue her education and pursue a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Brianna would like to be a middle school or high school teacher because of her love of children and math. She enjoys listening to music and being with her family.
UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of SciencesEmily Peterson will be graduating May 2018 with a degree in multidisciplinary science and a minor in biology. She plans on attending UTSA for graduate school to pursue a degree in educational leadership. Upon graduation, she would like to become a middle school or high school teacher in San Antonio. Emily has always wanted to become a teacher since she was old enough to assist her mother in her third grade classroom. She is thankful for a program like GE2MS/UTeachSA that has allowed her to gain many friends who have similar career goals and are as excited about becoming teachers as she is. GE2MS/UTeachSA has enriched her experience in college and made her see the value in being part of a community of passionate educators.
UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of SciencesNolberto Ayala-Tellez will graduate in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a double concentration in Software Engineering and Cyber Security. Nolberto plans to pursue a career in either of his concentrations, but is leaning more toward Cyber Security. His goal is to work at Raytheon or the National Security Agency (NSA), but is open to working in an office with a Cyber Security concentration.
UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of SciencesAlifya Musa was born in India and is a senior majoring in computer science with a concentration in software engineering and computer and information security. She will graduate in December 2017 and hopes to gain experience from different technical and strategic roles to grow into a management position, preferably at Chevron. Alifya cofounded and was Vice President of the Association for Computing Machinery -Women UTSA, and she was a senator for the Student Government Association at UTSA. She enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, reading and community outreach.
UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of SciencesKristopher Gilly is a senior majoring in computer science with concentrations in computer and information security and data science and pursuing a minor in mathematics. During the summer of 2016, he was hired as a Software Engineer Intern at Dell and was invited to participate in Dell's internship program for the summer of 2017. Kristopher will graduate in December 2017 and plans to find a job as a Software Developer or Security Administrator. He enjoys programming and looks forward to having a chance to make a difference through a management position.
UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of SciencesCassidy Matousek is a senior majoring in computer science with a minor in astrophysics. She will graduate in May 2018 and would like to continue her education and pursue her master's degree. Cassidy hopes to work in product management at a large tech company. She is currently planning to accept an offer from Microsoft in Seattle. Cassidy enjoys traveling, scuba diving, cooking and hanging out with friends.
UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of SciencesChristian Wilson is a senior majoring in computer science with a concentration in software engineering. He is currently employed at UTSA as an AV Tech where he performs basic IT and audiovisual work. After graduating in May 2018, Christian plans to work for a company as a developer and eventually become a manager in a company. In his spare time he enjoys Jiu Jitsu and reading.
UTSA - The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of SciencesJordan Atkins was born in Illinois and is a senior majoring in computer science. Before deciding to go back to school, Jordan was a supervisor for Halliburton. After graduating in spring 2019, he plans to continue his education and pursue a master's degree. Jordan hopes to work in an interesting field that will lead to growth and more education.
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