Victoria Yan Pillitteri

Victoria Yan Pillitteri

Smart Grid and ICS Security Engineer
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Victoria Yan Pillitteri
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Ms. Pillitteri (formerly Yan) is an information security engineer specializing in Smart Grid and industrial control system security at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

M.S. Computer Science (expected May 2013) George Washington University B.S. Electrical Engineering University of Maryland College Park
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.
  • I am willing to be interviewed by interested students via email.
Answers by Victoria Yan Pillitteri

Hi Jazz! First, congratulations on graduating high school! It's great that you are considering continuing your education in a technical field where women are underrepresented! Earning an undergraduate degree in software engineering (or computer science) means you'll be learning about computers and computational systems, their theory, design, development and application. You will take classes in learning programming logic, different programming languages, algorithms, computer networks and security, computer system architecture, operating systems, database design, etc. There are many different areas you can choose to focus in once you know where your interests are. Engineering is as much about having a good work ethic and dedication to your studies as it is about applying science and math to the real world. Don't doubt your abilities until you try them out! If you are interested in arts and music, I suggest either minoring in those areas or joining clubs and other activities so you can still have a diverse educational experience and pursue all of your interests. It's very common for students to change their major, so there is no need to worry! Good luck! -Victoria