Q. What has been your career path since graduation from Villanova?
A: After graduation, I went to work for the National Security Agency (NSA) in Fort Meade, MD. My group leader was a Villanova graduate who, later I heard, said that one of his career accomplishments was hiring one of the first female engineers. The NSA sent me to graduate school at The Johns Hopkins University. While there, I became interested in the new field of Biomedical Engineering. After getting married, I moved to Ithaca, NY where I enrolled in a PhD program, which combined Electrical Engineering and Neuroscience—what is now known as Biomedical Engineering. Following a postdoctoral year at the University of Pittsburgh, I joined the faculty in Electrical Engineering at the University of Akron, later becoming Assistant Dean and then the founding head of the new graduate department of Biomedical Engineering.
I am now retired and spend most of my time doing charitable projects to support our military, reading, traveling and taking care of my three miniature goldendoodles.