When Alexia was 10 years old, she knew she wanted to be an astronaut. She majored in physics and joined the Air Force — the recommended path for future space walkers. Yet as she pursued this path, Alexia found herself becoming curious about other areas along the way: plasma physics, mathematics, particle physics, music, astrophysics, directed energy, and cyber security. She followed these interests and developed a multifaceted background, one that is valuable to her work at the Laboratory.
Today, Alexia extracts and interprets data generated on computer networks. She develops and validates models of network dependency to help research teams across the Laboratory understand how cyber decisions affect mission risk. Her work analyzing data doesn't confine her to the cyber world, though, but extends to a variety of the Laboratory's research topics, from counterterrorism to bioscience and even to the space domain. "My work at Lincoln Laboratory gives me the opportunity to apply many of the things I've learned to entirely different functional domains," Alexia says. "It's one of my favorite things about working here."
Her colleagues say Alexia has an uncanny ability to ask the right questions and promote collaboration among staff with diverse backgrounds. Because of these traits, she has been offered many opportunities to be involved in intergroup, interlaboratory, and international collaborations. She has coordinated weekly cyber situational awareness discussions, has led the strategic planning committee for her group, and regularly evaluates research directions for the entire Laboratory.