My name is Yonas Gebremicale, I am a graduate student enrolled in the Forensic Science - High Technology Crime program at the University of Baltimore at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). Previously, I completed my ungraduated degree in Public Health Science at the University of Maryland, College Park at USG.
Two years after I had graduated I decided I wanted to complete my graduate degree but wasn’t sure what I wanted to study. I did some research to find out what graduate programs are offered at USG. Then, I came across the Forensic Science – High Technology Crime program. I have always been interested in computer science and forensics which made it an easy decision to enroll in the program. I decided to pursue a degree in Forensic Science because of the growing problems with cybersecurity and the spread of fraudulent activities. The program has taught me how to investigate and protect sensitive digital data.
Graduate school is a new chapter in my life and this program has challenged me greatly in terms of techniques and my time management. This is a new program offered at USG and our Program Director, Dr. Nima Zahadat, developed a club called Rockville Digital Forensic Meet-Up. It is a great opportunity to be involved and I have even ran some meetings myself.
Even though this program has been challenging, I am succeeding. After graduation, I plan to conduct, examine and investigate digital evidence, as well as assist with preparation of electronic evidence for litigation, as a digital forensic analyst. I ultimately would like to grow my experience within the federal government.