Student Spotlight: Katrina Delos Reyes

When Katrina ‘19 was thinking about what to study in college, she noticed that the cybersecurity field was gaining even more traction. She was planning to study Computer Science and Math and decided that cybersecurity would be the perfect complement to her studies, and so she joined the ACES LLP.

Now, she has accepted a job offer from ACES Founding Partner Northrop Grumman to join their team as a Cyber Software Engineer upon her graduation.

She will be joining the rotational program, where she will spend time working on three different projects before choosing a more permanent placement. Most of her work will be related to cybersecurity.

Katrina says that ACES was able to give her valuable knowledge about cybersecurity fundamentals. She says, “Outside of the classroom, I was able to connect with mentors working in the field that I want to work in, and I gained valuable advice and insight from them. [Additionally,] the ACES partnerships led me to the internships and future job that I have to look forward to.”

Two of those summer internships were with Northrop Grumman. She said that those internships gave her valuable experience in the cybersecurity/computer science field and she was able to apply her academic knowledge to real-world problems.

One of her favorite memories of her time with ACES was being able to meet Wes Bush, President, and CEO of Northrop Grumman. She says, “One of my favorite memories was being able to meet, moderate, and have lunch with Wes Bush, all the while representing ACES. It was an incredibly overwhelming but very rewarding experience!”

Katrina wants to make sure that current ACES students immerse themselves in the opportunities and experiences that ACES provides. She says, “They’re truly one-of-a-kind opportunities and I know I wouldn’t be where I am today if I never put myself out there and chose to get involved. Make friendships and connections throughout the two years and keep them until post-graduation – they’ll be incredibly valuable even past your time in ACES.”

Published November 27, 2018