MaggieAcademic Background: United States Naval Academy, Political Science

Area of focus in CCT: Sustainability, Social Innovation, Resource Security

What did you do before CCT? I served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. On my first ship, I was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan and I led a team of engineers. We served as first responders after the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. For my second job, I navigated a guided-missile cruiser from San Diego in the Pacific Fleet. The Navy brought me to Washington, DC for my last tour of duty and I look forward to staying for another few years as I pursue my Master’s degree.

What activities do you participate in at CCT? After starting CCT this Spring, I was thrilled by the number of activities I could immediately participate in. I volunteered for the CCT 20th Anniversary celebration, participated in Media Fest, attended Car Barn Labs and a CCT Tech Tour, and started the GreenUP Initiative with fellow sustainability-minded classmates.

Why did you choose CCT? The relationship between technology and its role in society is one of the most important areas of study for my generation. I wanted to play a role in this discussion and I also wanted to be a part of a program that is always adapting and improving in a rapidly changing world.

What surprised you about CCT?  I appreciate the freedom to pursue any interest within CCT and throughout Georgetown. CCT has built a community where students are encouraged to learn from each other and support each other as they pursue individual interests. I am gaining a broader perspective of the world and of multiple disciplines, not only in the classroom but in everyday conversations with my classmates.