Commencement Profile: Julia Kobe

April 19, 2017

Julia Kobe, Applied Mathematics

Julia Kobe pulled off an impressive feat by finishing her academic program in an astonishing two-and-a-half years. 

Kobe worked with a biology researcher from Massachusetts General Hospital in the spring of 2016 and 2017. In summer 2016, she participated in a research experience for undergraduates in North Carolina, which resulted in her paper, "A game-theoretic model of cholera with optimal personal protection strategies.”

During the fall of 2016, Kobe presented at AIR Worldwide—a Boston catastrophe-modeling company—on her work with wild fire modeling, using her knowledge of disease modelling to complete a capstone project in which she analyzed a model of parasitic transmission of malaria.

What is your favorite thing about your Wentworth experience?

Being able to participate in the co-op program. Both of my two co-ops were amazing opportunities that taught me to apply what I learned in my classes to real-world environments.

How has Wentworth prepared you for post-graduate life?

My co-op experience has really helped prepare me. I did my first co-op in Boston at AIR Worldwide as a research intern in the pandemic department. My second co-op was a REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates, funded by the National Science Foundation) at the University of North Carolina, where I researched cholera prevention and game theory. Being able to work in both academic and private industry gave me insight into my goals for after graduation.

What are you planning to do after commencement?

I have been accepted at and will participate in a post-baccalaureate intern program at Harvard School of Public Health in the biostatistics department. I will be working in a lab focused on the statistics related to responding to the AIDS epidemic. After that program is over, I expect to work for a year and then go on to obtain my doctorate in public health with a specialty in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Who is someone at Wentworth that you’ve greatly admired?

I admire and look up to many of my professors, but in particular my advisor, Emma Smith Zbarsky. I am currently in her “Industrial Problems” class working on a project in image analysis. This is my second semester working with her on this project and I have learned so much about organizing my research, and presenting it in a clear and interesting format.  

What advice would you offer to students just entering Wentworth?
I would recommend that students get to know their professors and take advantage of the co-op program. 

—Greg Abazorius & A.J. Martin

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