Embry-Riddle Future Amazonians - Bios

Jeremiah Lantzer, a junior at Embry-Riddle and a back-end developer who recently completed an internship with Lockheed Martin, said he hopes to work with “either cloud- computing someday, or doing research and development with quantum computing.” *** Christovich and Lantzer are only two of the many exceptional students and future industry leaders at Embry-Riddle. ___________________________________________________________________________ Courtney Thurston Junior / Computer Science + Computational Mathematics (Physics) Des Moines, Ia. Former high-school valedictorian Courtney Thurston, a junior, Google CodeU scholar and three-time Microsoft software engineering intern, is currently double-majoring in computer science and computational mathematics (physics track) in Embry-Riddle’s Honors program. An undergraduate research assistant within the ASSURE Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center at Embry-Riddle, Thurston is a web developer in the Women’s Engineering Institute, a founding member of the on-campus Hacker Club, an Adobe Student Representative, a SpaceX University Ambassador, and a member of the Society of Women Engineers. In addition to her work with Microsoft, Thurston interned – beginning at age 15 – at Carnegie Mellon University on projects for NASA Langley, the Office of Naval Research, and Aurora Flight Sciences. Specifically, she said, “My team became the first to fly an autonomous helicopter through a canal. That was a really exciting accomplishment for me and that was when I really realized I wanted to be in software.” From there, Thurston worked with Northrop Grumman on systems engineering for the company’s high-altitude, long-endurance suite of unmanned systems. In particular, she implemented a new weather-tracking feature on the Global Hawk UAV. She then moved on to SpaceX, where she designed a mechanism for the Falcon 9 rocket. Now, she’s working with Microsoft on its big-data cloud platform, Azure. Her many awards and honors include being a two-time national finalist on the Pennsylvania team in the Real World Design Challenge. “Embry-Riddle has allowed me to get a lot of hands-on experience in my industry, which is computer software and software engineering,” Thurston said. “I’m looking to continue fostering new software engineering skills and getting experience relevant to big data and networking.” Anna Baron Garcia Graduate Student / Cybersecurity Barcelona, Spain Anna Baron Garcia’s ultimate career goal is to “reassure people that the Internet is safe, that we will protect it, and that at the end of the day, the technology is advancing very, very quickly, but so are our studies.” That’s why she’s pursuing a graduate degree in cybersecurity. Baron Garcia has so far applied her skills during internships with the European Space Agency and banks as well as a major telecommunications company. “Embry-Riddle does prepare you for work in industry,” she said, noting that the University includes faculty from industry as well as


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