What AEOP program(s) did you participate in?

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS), Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP), College Qualified Leaders (CQL)

What are you doing now?

Computer engineering junior at the University of Alabama in Huntsville pursuing cybersecurity.

What are the best things about the program(s) in which you participated?

GEMS, SEAP, and CQL immersed me in DoD STEM careers, and I would have to say that my dedicated mentors were the best. They were patient and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone, especially when it came to public speaking which I learned is quite prevalent in engineering.

Why are you excited to be on the AEOP Alumni Leadership Council?

I truly appreciate my experiences through the programs and want to give back to the AEOP community. My mentors were once DoD interns, and I also aspire to become a DoD engineer in the future and mentor my own AEOP mentees.

Victoria Van