Born in Sparta, Greece, Andreas is pursuing a Bachelor of Information Technology and Management and a Master of Cyber Forensics and Security. His academic and future career interests include Cyberwarfare Operations, Cyber Security Management, and Leadership in InfoSec and IT.
Makenna, Loyola University - Chicago
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Makenna is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree and studying computer science. She plans on working in the technology industry her entire life and hopes to someday have a career in software engineering or web development.
Courtney, Virginia Tech
Courtney is pursuing his master’s degree in Information Technology. He has worked for the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia as an Information Management Professional Associate for the past three years. Previously, he was enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Aviation Operation Specialist and also served as a Marine Security Guard. He received an honorable discharge in 2015.
Whitney, Pennsylvania State University
After graduating with an Associate in Science from Wake Technical Community College, Whitney began studying at the Pennsylvania State University. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology with hopes of becoming a User Experience/User Interface Designer after her time in the Foreign Service.
Yolanda, Loyola Marymount University
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada to two Nigerian immigrants, Yolanda is both a first-generation American and first-generation college student. She’s currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in Computer Science. She aspires to become a U.S. Ambassador one day.
2018 FAIT Fellows
Daniel, Syracuse University
Daniel is pursuing a master’s degree in Enterprise Data Systems at Syracuse University, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Management and Technology. He received training as a Network and Systems Administration in the United States Marine Corp, and was honorably discharged in 2013.
Melanie, University of Washington - Seattle
A first-generation college student, Melanie is working on her M.S. in Information Management with a Specialization in Information Security. She holds a B.S. in Information Technology from the University of Washington, Tacoma campus.
Ryan, University of Tampa
Ryan previously served in the United States Army as Military Police and was honorably discharged in 2012. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Cybersecurity. He also holds a B.S. in Information Technology from the University of South Florida.
Jeremiah, Harvard University
Jeremiah is a non-traditional student, having backpacked and cycled overseas to research social impact and intercultural exchange prior to college. Formerly a Kaya Collaborative Fellow, Gilman Scholar, Center for Khmer Studies research grant recipient, and iSchool Inclusion Institute Scholar, he is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
Jannah, University of Michigan
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Jannah Mandwee is a first-generation Iraqi-American. She is studying Computer Science, French, and Arab & Muslim American Studies at the University of Michigan. She has studied elementary programming concepts, programming and data structures, and discrete mathematics.
2017 FAIT Fellows
Rachel, George Washington University
Rachel is from Long Beach, Calif., and entered the FAIT Fellowship program as she began her Master of Science in Information Systems Technology program at George Washington University. She successfully completed the Fellowship and is now a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist.
Shaki, Pace University
Shaki, born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and raised in New York City, entered the FAIT Fellowship program as he started his master’s degree in security studies with a concentration in cybersecurity and information technology at Pace University. He successfully completed the Fellowship and is now a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist.
Akvile, Illinois Institute of Technology
Born in Lithuania and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Akvile earned her bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Management and master’s in Cyber Security and Forensics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She successfully completed the Fellowship and is now a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist.
Brady, Pomona College
Brady grew up in Parsons, Kansas, and received two bachelor degrees in a double major – one in Linguistics and Cognitive Science and one in Computer Science. He successfully completed the Fellowship and is now a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist.
Michael, Syracuse University
Michael was raised near Atlanta, Georgia and studied Information Management Technology at Syracuse University. He successfully completed the FAIT Fellowship program and is now a Foreign Service Information Management Specialist.