What’s one way to become a true-blue Boilermaker? Do what Tatiana Ringenberg did: Earn all of your degrees at Purdue.
Ringenberg, assistant professor of cybersecurity in Purdue Polytechnic’s Department of Computer and Information Technology, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees here before completing her PhD in 2021.
“While I grew up in Florida, I was very aware of Purdue because I was interested in engineering,” said Ringenberg. “I started doing research with a professor in my junior year because she often discussed her research in our class, and it seemed interesting. I ended up loving research, which convinced me to stay.”
Ringenberg credits Alejandra Magana, the W.C. Furnas Professor in Enterprise Excellence, for introducing her to undergraduate research. Julia Rayz, professor of computer and information technology, and Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, associate professor of computer and information technology, served as Ringenberg’s graduate advisors and were among her many mentors.
“Having three strong female mentors throughout my time at Purdue helped shape my career and showed me that I was capable,” said Ringenberg.