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Lauren Mazzoli

Lauren Mazzoli_150x150“I am currently on the board for Northrop Grumman’s Women’s International Network, and I am also the Lead of the Professional Development Group’s Community Outreach Activities.”



Hometown: Plymouth, MI

Degree Program: Computer Science (MS)

Expected year of graduation: 2017

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Anupam Joshi

Briefly describe your graduate research. 
My research is in studying the impact of using Neural Networks on detecting repackaged malware in Mobile Applications. I am currently working with Dr. Anupam Joshi. During my undergraduate degree, I worked with Dr. Charles Nicholas on his malware classification project.

Undergraduate Study (Year, Degree, Institution)
2015, BS in Computer Science, UMBC
I double majored in Computer Science and Mathematics. I was also in the first cohort of Cyber Scholars at UMBC, and was a CWIT affiliate.

Campus Activities: Full time Cyber Software Engineer at Northrop Grumman, research for thesis grading Mobile Security course this semester. Organized and ran Cyber Challenge sponsored by Northrop Grumman for UMBC Cyber Scholars and Affiliates.

Why did you decide to attend UMBC?
I chose UMBC because I wanted to be surrounded by a community that would challenge yet support me academically.

What is your favorite thing about UMBC?
I love that UMBC is a big community, where everyone tries to help one another succeed and be the best version of themselves.  I also love that everyone at UMBC is passionate about something. Whether it’s Cyber Security, Community Outreach, or even the performing arts.

What would you say to a prospective student?
Come sit in a class at UMBC! You’ll see the passion from the teachers, the thirst for knowledge from the students, and the fun learning environment.

What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class at UMBC was Artificial Intelligence. Although it was challenging, it was a fascinating topic and I had a blast designing my own player for the game Bohnanza using AI techniques, we even competed our AI’s against one another.

Where did you complete your internship?
During my undergraduate degree, I worked part time as an IT Security Analyst for UMBC’s Division of Information Technology. I also interned for the government as a Cyber Summer Intern. I currently work for Northrop Grumman as a Cyber Software Engineer.

What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
Once I complete my graduate degree at UMBC, I plan on continuing my career at Northrop Grumman. I’m still exploring the possibility of pursuing my PhD as well.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I currently work for Northrop Grumman full time as a Cyber Software Engineer, so that means I help develop new technologies and applications to help improve and prevent cyber security threats. I also do a lot with supporting STEM for minorities. Although I only started working for Northrop Grumman less than a year ago, I was able to create and run a semester-long Cyber Competition that was supported by Northrop Grumman for the Cyber Scholars & Affiliates at UMBC. I have also created and participated in several on-campus activities to strengthen the relationship and interactions between Northrop Grumman and UMBC. I am currently on the board for Northrop Grumman’s Women’s International Network, and I am also the Lead of the Professional Development Group’s Community Outreach Activities. I have spoken at the U.S. News STEM Conference in Washington DC as a Keynote Panelist alongside President Hrabowski, and I have also spoken at the NCWIT’s (National Center for Women in Technology) Computer Science Awards Event during Spring 2016, an event hosted by UMBC, College Park, and Loyola.

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