Grad Member Spotlight: Sandra Kopecky

skprofSandra Kopecky

PhD student, Computer Science

Pace University

Sandra has been involved in SWE as  both a professional and a collegiate since 2009. As a professional, she served on the Long Island, NY SWE section board. Currently, as an adjunct faculty member, Sandra is involved with the SWE section at New York Institute of Technology.

Sandra has received a SWE scholarship from her local SWE section for the past two years as a graduate student. She is also a lifetime Girl Scout. According to her LinkedIn profile, she is highly praised by her students. One student said, “Sandra was a fantastic professor with a deep understanding of the material gained from her experience in the field.” Another said, “She took time out of her way to help her students when they were falling behind.”  Congratulations, Sandra, on all you’ve accomplished! Keep up the great work!

What is your degree program (MS/PhD, department)? When do you expect to graduate?

I am working on my PhD in Computer Science at Pace University. I am trying to be able to defend a dissertation in December 2016.

Give a brief explanation of your research.
I am doing qualitative research on the usability of cyber security methodologies from a user’s perspective.
What do you hope to do with your degree? What are your career goals?
I am planning on becoming a full-time professor at New York Institute of Technology
What are some of your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
I enjoying baking and cooking as well as various crafts.  I recently took a weekend break from things and made some soaps shaped as guitars.
Free time, ha! Looking forward to completing my degree and enjoying some free time.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I am currently a college student (PhD) as well as both of my children (son is a sophomore at University of Missouri and daughter, also a SWE member, is a senior+ at University of Alabama-Huntsville).

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