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Michael Neary

“My favorite thing is how small it feels in a big place. It is very easy to get involved in a variety of research opportunities, and to be a part of the greater campus community.”

 

 

 

Hometown: Odenton, MD

Degree Program: Computer Science (M.S.)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marie desJardins

Thesis/research topic:
Applications of Artificial Intelligence to CS Education: Hint Generation in an Intelligent Programming Tutor

Undergraduate Study:
2015, Computer Science B.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Why did you decide to attend UMBC?
I was breezing through the undergraduate material and decided to enroll in the B.S./M.S. program so I could take harder classes.

What are some of the benefits of being part of the graduate community at UMBC?
It is very easy to get involved in a variety of research opportunities, and to be a part of the greater campus community.

What is your favorite thing about UMBC?
My favorite thing is how small it feels in a big place, I feel like all my needs are met in a timely manner.

Have you worked on any specific research projects that you would like to highlight?
I have worked on the CATS Project with Dr. Sherman, the goal of that project is to develop a toolkit for assessment of cybersecurity knowledge to ensure that those who graduate from cybersecurity programs are learning what the industry needs them to learn.

What are your plans after graduation from UMBC?
I plan to pursue a PhD in CS Education.

When you are not teaching/researching, what are your hobbies or interests?
I mostly do comedy in all forms. I am on three active improv troupes, one of which is paid. I do stand up comedy as well as sketch. I also act in musicals and plays from time to time, and I love to go watch performances of all kinds.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
UMBC has been so good to me while I’ve been here, and I hope to give back when I get on my feet in my career!

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