Commencement Profile: Maya Bloom
August 17, 2017
Maya Bloom—Computer Science
A budding entrepreneur, Maya Bloom proudly holds nine patents for an Aspiration Catheter, a fete achieved by few at the age of 22. She worked for the United States Government for both of her co-ops conducting cyber operations, obtaining top secret clearance.
What is your favorite thing about your Wentworth experience?
It is a small, intimate community. Class sizes are small and taught directly by professors, so you get to know them and they get to know you. You also get to know all of your classmates. Around the campus, it is also very intimate. Even though you leave during certain semesters for co-op, you remain close to your friends here. I love how, during your four years, you really feel like you get to know most of your graduating class on a personal level.
How has Wentworth prepared you for post-graduate life?
For me, being a part of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has helped me the most. Through SWE, I have networked with professionals, met new people in my given career path, and made connections with like-minded women here at Wentworth. While attending the national conference during the fall of my second year, I made a connection with an employer that opened the door to working for them for three semesters of co-op. I love every minute working for them, and I gained experience that will last me a life time.
What are you planning to do after Commencement?
I plan on taking a semester off to relax and focus on things I want to do. I hope to travel a bit, visit friends, and enjoy life. After my six-month break, though, I have a job waiting for me with the U.S. Federal Government, so I will be moving to the Washington, D.C. area to work. Within the next year, I am also planning to start work on my Master’s degree in cybersecurity.
Who is someone at Wentworth that you’ve greatly admired or has helped you through your career here?
When I think of this question three names immediately come to mind; Professor Charlie Wiseman, Professor Durga Suresh, and Dean of Students Annamaria Wenner. Throughout my time here at Wentworth, each one of these brilliant and hard-working individuals has been there to provide guidance and support. As I leave the campus and go forward into my career, I am comforted knowing that I can always reach out to these wonderful mentors for continued advice and direction.
What advice would you offer to students just entering Wentworth?
Talk to your professors! They can be an invaluable resource for your coursework, your degree path here at Wentworth, and your career once you leave the campus. By getting to know my professors here, I have formed connections that will last me a life time. It is wonderful knowing that I can always return to Wentworth and reach out to them in the future.
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