Meet Our Graduate Dean's Ambassadors

Are you interested in talking to a current master's student about Drexel's College of Computing & Informatics (CCI)? Our Graduate Dean's Ambassadors are here to welcome you to the CCI community, share their first-hand knowledge about the CCI academic experience, and are eager to answer your questions about life at Drexel. Please feel free to reach out to one of our Dean's Ambassadors below:

CCI Graduate Dean's Ambassadors

Mariachiara Acconcia

Degree Program: MS in Data Science - Full-time, on campus
Undergraduate Institution: Sapienza University of Rome 19'
Personal Interests: Traveling, Cooking, Hiking, and Reading
Career Goals: Aspiring Data Scientist and Machine Learning Scientist
Advice to Prospective Students: Don't miss out on networking opportunities, and don't hesitate to throw yourself into the game to reach your goals. You are always more qualified and skilled than what you think.

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Nicole Edens

Degree Program: MS in HCI/UX - Part-time, online
Undergraduate Institution: Missouri State University 17'
Personal Interests: Drawing, Cooking, Knitting
Career Goals: UX Research Manager
Advice to Prospective Students: For a new graduate student working full time, I would advise setting aside specific times to get schoolwork done each week (or day). Having a set time to only focus on school has been very helpful to ensure I complete all my assignments and have a balance between work and school.

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Elmira Garafieva

Degree Program: MS in HCI/UX - Full-time, on campus
Undergraduate Institution: Kazan Federal University
Personal Interests: Blockchain, Drawing, Travelling
Career Goals: UI/UX Designer for a Blockchain Company
Advice to Prospective Students: Be organized: keep a calendar, make a to-do list, or simply have a journal where you can write down your tasks, homework, and plans. Set up your career goals and search for a co-op to increase your chances of getting a dream job.

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Allison Gong

Degree Program: MS in Computer Science - Full-time, on campus
Undergraduate Institution: Bryn Mawr College
Personal Interests: Drawing, Painting, Walking/Hiking
Career Goals: Working as a software engineer, eventually teaching undergraduate computer science
Advice to Prospective Students: Talk to everyone- professors, students in your major, and students in CCI generally, there are a lot of opportunities at the college that come from connections.

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Edmond Mbadu

Degree Program: MS in Computer Science - Full-time, on campus
Undergraduate Institution: Chestnut Hill College
Personal Interests: Music, Reading, Writing
Career Goals: Software Engineer
Advice to Prospective Students: When in doubt, ask.

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Alexandra Chaustre McNally

Degree Program: MS in HCI/UX - Part-time, hybrid
Undergraduate Institution: Penn State University '12
Personal Interests: Drawing, Painting, Running, Hiking, Exploring neighborhoods
Career Goals: UX visual designer with a company that tackles urban planning issues
Advice to Prospective Students: Think about what tangible skills that you want to get out of your degree and talk to your advisor, professors, and other students about classes that would help you get there. Do the readings, try new activities, and challenge yourself - you get more out of your degree what you put into it!

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Tien Nguyen

Degree Program: MS in Data Science - Full-time, on campus
Undergraduate Institution: Drexel University
Personal Interests: Hiking, Cooking, Traveling
Career Goals: Aspiring Data Scientist
Advice to Prospective Students: Don't hesitate to ask questions. Talk to everyone. You would be surprised by the information and opportunities that you didn't know about.

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Natalie Pendergast

Degree Program: MSI Library and Information Science - Full-time, hybrid
Undergraduate Institution: Hollins University
Personal Interests: Writing, Hiking, Museums
Career Goals: Librarian in an academic library
Advice to Prospective Students: Don't be afraid to reach out to faculty! Carve out time to take care of yourself as you go through this big life change

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Sarah Shillinglaw

Degree Program: MSI Library and Information Science - Part-time, online
Undergraduate Institution: Assumption College
Personal Interests: Reading, Traveling, Museums
Career Goals: Children's Librarian
Advice to Prospective Students: It may seem scary, but take everything one step at a time. The professors are here to help, ask questions when you need it; they want to see you succeed!

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Disha Singh

Degree Program: MS in Information Systems - Full-time, on campus
Undergraduate Institution: Rajiv Gandhi Technical University
Personal Interests: Traveling, Cooking, Reading, Hiking
Career Goals: Data Analyst
Advice to Prospective Students: Try to engage yourself on and around campus, reach out to professors when in need, make as many friends as you can and believe in yourself. You got this!

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Shirley Qian

Degree Program: MS in HCI/UX - Full-time, on campus
Undergraduate Institution: Communication University of China
Personal Interests: Hiking, Surfing, Painting, Art & Museums
Career Goals: Researcher in HCI
Advice to Prospective Students: Group up with students who are in different specialties; Know if you want to stay in industry or go for PhD after graduation as soon as possible; Once you decide, stick with your goals and don't give up.

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