Passion Becomes Profession

High School Computer Coder Turned Cyber Warrior

When Michaela Adams ('21) arrived at Embry-Riddle with some high school computer coding classes under her belt, she had no idea what doors the university could open for her.

Now a senior in Embry-Riddle’s ABET-accredited program, she's landed two prime internships, served as president of the Prescott Campus Cyber Defense Club, landed an Infosec Cybersecurity Scholarship and discovered her passion for responding to cyber incidents.

The scholarship Adams earned is part of an effort by Infosec to fill the more than 300,000 cybersecurity openings by helping boost representation from women and minorities. 

She says her classes, and her work with the Cyber Defense Club, prepared her well for her recent intern stints with a wearable technology company and a major theme park.

"That was an eye-opening experience, and it showed me how I can make a difference, find what I'm good at and apply it to cybersecurity," she said.