“I started Bryn Mawr with the intention of majoring in a humanities discipline. Even though I took computer science in high school, it never even occurred to me that I might like to major in it. During high school in Texas, I was steered away from the higher-level math courses. I have since discovered a love of logic and number theory.
“I started taking computer science courses because I was good at them; I kept studying because Bryn Mawr professors showed me the beauty in the science. Professors in the Bryn Mawr Computer Science Department are a fantastic combination of researchers, educators and mentors. Not only did they impart in-depth knowledge of key concepts in computer science, but they advocated for the students by finding or creating opportunities for us to excel. Because Bryn Mawr is a women’s college, gender became irrelevant instead of being something that defined me. The open and accepting environment allowed me to gain knowledge, confidence and experience that I believe is a defining characteristic of a Bryn Mawr education.”
Julia Ferraioli ’07
Mountain View, Calif.
Major(s): Computer Science
Note: As a Bryn Mawr undergraduate, Julia Ferraioli spent two summers doing research in computer science. During her senior year, she led a student team that designed an aerial robot for a robotics competition, a project she described as the “geekiest thing [she had] ever built” in an interview with Geekwire when the tech-news site selected her as its “Geek of the Week.” When she attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing as a guest of Kimberly Blessing ‘97, she made a connection that resulted in a job as a software engineer with Microsoft after her graduation. After working at Microsoft, she returned to school and earned a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Rochester in 2010. She has since worked in a developer-relations role, a position that harnesses both her technical skills and her native sociability.