A Day in the Life – Elizabeth
What is your title? Describe what you do.
I’m the Project Manager/Security Specialist for George Mason University, Rapid Prototyping Research Center. I ensure that our projects are delivered on time and produce the desired results. I also handle the day to day operations dealing with multiple classified programs.
What drew you to CSCI? Why did you choose to work here?
I had previously worked alongside CSCI personnel and was able to build a great relationship with their Team. Those relationships allowed me to get real feedback regarding CSCI and I knew I wanted to be a part of the CSCI Team.
How was the switch for you?
Everyone at CSCI made the switch very easy and actually a lot of fun. It’s exciting to start a new project, see how you can support, bring new ideas and learn and grow.
What makes CSCI different than your previous workplaces?
CSCI has more of a family atmosphere. You are not just another employee, people care about me as a person and about my professional growth.
What do you like best about working at CSCI?
Everyone’s professional, knowledgeable and always willing to teach, mentor and listen to new ideas. I always feel appreciated for the work I do and there’s a genuine attitude of teamwork and shared goals.
What is an example of a success story you have had at CSCI? How did you achieve success on that project or endeavor?
We recently went through a Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Compliance Assessment review. The RPRC Team quickly pulled together all the required documentation and answered technical questions they had about how we are meeting certain controls within the RPRC Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) environment. During the out brief we were applauded by the Assessor’s and stated as “best seen to date”.
What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a role like yours? Are there specific character traits or skills/certifications you should possess?
You will be the go-to person for everything involving a project’s organization, timeline and project deliverables. Communication skills and relationship building can really help in this industry.
What’s on your playlist when you’re focusing on a project at work and when you travel?
My playlist is made up of Top 40 music. I’ll listen to almost anything as long as its upbeat.
What has helped you stay focused during this pandemic remote work situation? How have you adapted professionally?
I’m essential; I still go to work.
When things get closer to normal, what is the first thing you want to do that you cannot do right now?
Invite friends over for dinner (have hubby cook) and talk about anything other than COVID, masks or politics.
How will this unprecedented time change your perspective?
Decisions that are being made now will affect people around the world for years to come. From how we travel, interact with one another, how we work and more importantly how we communicate. I personally miss face to face communication and worry that the younger generation who text a lot may be more uncomfortable with in-person communication.