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SUPERVISOR, COMMUNICATIONS & NETWORKING LAB: Moving Data Through Networks

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Angela is an assistant supervisor in the Communications and Networking Group at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. She began her career writing firmware for servers at IBM, but later went back to school and received a PhD in computer science studying content-aware systems. Now, she manages a research lab where she studies networking systems.

School: Duke University ; University of Texas-Austin - Duke University - Virginia Tech
Degree: Computer Engineering - Computer Science
Job Title: Assistant Supervisor, Communications & Networking Group
Employer: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Job Summary: Computer and Information Research Scientists

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Computer and information research scientists invent and design new technology and find new uses for existing technology. They study and solve complex problems in computing for business, science, medicine, and other uses.

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m='13650'>DC</span> <span m='14180'>and</span> <span m='14320'>Baltimore,</span> <span m='14900'>Maryland.</span> </p><p><span m='15800'>We</span> <span m='16110'>do</span> <span m='16560'>a</span> <span m='16640'>ton</span> <span m='16880'>of</span> <span m='16980'>work</span> <span m='17180'>at</span> <span m='17280'>the</span> <span m='17360'>laboratory,</span> <span m='18440'>mostly</span> <span m='19000'>for</span> <span m='19410'>government</span> <span m='19980'>sponsors.</span> <span m='20870'>So a</span> <span m='20970'>lot</span> <span m='21160'>of</span> <span m='21240'>the</span> <span m='21410'>defense</span> <span m='21940'>community,</span> <span m='22550'>the</span> <span m='22650'>military</span> <span m='23420'>services,</span> <span m='25150'>the</span> <span m='25250'>intelligence</span> <span m='25870'>community,</span> <span m='27080'>even</span> <span m='27340'>the</span> <span m='27410'>Department</span> <span m='27780'>of</span> <span m='27860'>Homeland</span> <span m='28250'>Security.</span> <span m='28700'>We</span> <span m='28860'>also</span> <span m='29050'>have</span> <span m='29140'>a</span> <span m='29220'>space</span> <span m='29640'>department</span> <span m='30270'>where</span> <span m='30480'>we</span> <span m='31770'>design,</span> <span m='32310'>build,</span> <span m='33300'>and</span> <span m='33550'>operate</span> <span m='34370'>space</span> <span m='34840'>missions.</span> <span m='35250'>But</span> <span m='35400'>the</span> <span m='35470'>work</span> <span m='35670'>that</span> <span m='35860'>I</span> <span m='36060'>do</span> <span m='36560'>is in</span> <span m='37100'>Communication</span> <span m='37700'>and</span> <span m='37820'>Networking,</span> <span m='39100'>networking</span> <span m='39610'>being</span> <span m='40120'>getting</span> <span m='41880'>information</span> <span m='42650'>from</span> <span m='42900'>one</span> <span m='43160'>place</span> <span m='43470'>to</span> <span m='43630'>another.</span> </p><p><span m='44400'>You use your</span> <span m='44540'>phone.</span> <span m='44950'>You</span> <span m='45090'>use</span> <span m='45260'>your</span> <span m='45410'>computer</span> <span m='45890'>all</span> <span m='46040'>the</span> <span m='46140'>time.</span> <span m='47110'>Really,</span> <span m='47400'>these</span> <span m='47630'>days,</span> <span m='47860'>everything</span> <span m='48240'>you</span> <span m='48360'>do</span> <span m='48520'>requires</span> <span m='48970'>a</span> <span m='49030'>network</span> <span m='49310'>connection.</span> <span m='49950'>And</span> <span m='50180'>that</span> <span m='50330'>is</span> <span m='50490'>also</span> <span m='50840'>true</span> <span m='51320'>for</span> <span m='51650'>everything</span> <span m='52180'>that</span> <span m='53020'>the</span> <span m='53440'>government</span> <span m='53840'>agencies</span> <span m='55170'>who</span> <span m='55550'>we</span> <span m='55690'>work</span> <span m='55970'>for</span> <span m='56500'>need</span> <span m='56720'>to</span> <span m='56840'>do.</span> <span m='57110'>So</span> <span m='57700'>I</span> <span m='57870'>look</span> <span m='58110'>at</span> <span m='58300'>technologies</span> <span m='59200'>that</span> <span m='59750'>will</span> <span m='59860'>help</span> <span m='60150'>get</span> <span m='60410'>that</span> <span m='60620'>data</span> <span m='60940'>from</span> <span m='61140'>one</span> <span m='61300'>place</span> <span m='61540'>to</span> <span m='61660'>another,</span> <span m='61960'>essentially.</span> </p><p><span m='63230'>My</span> <span m='63510'>undergraduate</span> <span m='64769'>education</span> <span m='65519'>was</span> <span m='65610'>at</span> <span m='65780'>Virginia</span> <span m='66170'>Tech,</span> <span m='66600'>where</span> <span m='66840'>I</span> <span m='67100'>studied</span> <span m='67470'>computer</span> <span m='67900'>engineering.</span> <span m='69250'>I</span> <span m='69380'>then</span> <span m='69600'>worked</span> <span m='69830'>for</span> <span m='70170'>IBM</span> <span m='71000'>for</span> <span m='71290'>a</span> <span m='71340'>year</span> <span m='71700'>writing</span> <span m='72120'>firmware</span> <span m='72850'>for</span> <span m='73030'>servers,</span> <span m='73355'>for</span> <span m='73680'>Intel-based</span> <span m='74230'>servers.</span> <span m='76040'>And</span> <span m='76220'>then</span> <span m='76420'>I</span> <span m='76530'>decided</span> <span m='76800'>to</span> <span m='76860'>go</span> <span m='76990'>back</span> <span m='77200'>to</span> <span m='77310'>graduate</span> <span m='77680'>school.</span> <span m='77860'>I</span> <span m='77910'>went</span> <span m='78050'>back</span> <span m='78260'>part-time,</span> <span m='79050'>working</span> <span m='79330'>towards</span> <span m='79630'>a</span> <span m='79700'>master's</span> <span m='80200'>in</span> <span m='80320'>computer</span> <span m='80640'>science</span> <span m='81010'>at</span> <span m='81090'>Duke</span> <span m='81190'>University.</span> </p><p><span m='82380'>After</span> <span m='82640'>a</span> <span m='82690'>couple of</span> <span m='82970'>years</span> <span m='83330'>of</span> <span m='83910'>a</span> <span m='83980'>part-time</span> <span m='84340'>master's</span> <span m='84740'>program</span> <span m='85490'>I</span> <span m='85570'>decided</span> <span m='85990'>I</span> <span m='86040'>was</span> <span m='86190'>really</span> <span m='86450'>interested</span> <span m='86820'>in</span> <span m='86960'>doing</span> <span m='87160'>research,</span> <span m='87710'>so I</span> <span m='87850'>transitioned</span> <span m='88620'>into</span> <span m='88900'>the</span> <span m='89000'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='89480'>program</span> <span m='90610'>where</span> <span m='91150'>I</span> <span m='91220'>worked</span> <span m='92010'>with</span> <span m='92420'>my</span> <span m='92640'>adviser,</span> <span m='93030'>who</span> <span m='93130'>was</span> <span m='93270'>studying</span> <span m='93770'>energy</span> <span m='94100'>management</span> <span m='94960'>for</span> <span m='95060'>mobile</span> <span m='95370'>devices.</span> <span m='96720'>My</span> <span m='96900'>adviser,</span> <span m='97330'>Carla</span> <span m='97630'>Ellis--</span> <span m='97930'>she's</span> <span m='98200'>now</span> <span m='98380'>retired--</span> <span m='99000'>but</span> <span m='99150'>we</span> <span m='99260'>did</span> <span m='99480'>research</span> <span m='99950'>on</span> <span m='100530'>context-aware</span> <span m='102230'>systems,</span> <span m='102890'>where</span> <span m='103070'>we</span> <span m='103200'>were</span> <span m='103310'>taking</span> <span m='103740'>information</span> <span m='104340'>about</span> <span m='104640'>the</span> <span m='104740'>environment</span> <span m='105640'>in</span> <span m='105920'>which</span> <span m='106190'>a</span> <span m='106250'>device</span> <span m='106580'>is</span> <span m='106700'>operating</span> <span m='107370'>to</span> <span m='107480'>try</span> <span m='107710'>and</span> <span m='108050'>glean</span> <span m='108490'>some</span> <span m='108750'>information</span> <span m='109250'>about</span> <span m='109450'>the</span> <span m='109800'>context</span> <span m='110550'>it's</span> <span m='110680'>operating</span> <span m='111180'>in,</span> <span m='111740'>and</span> <span m='111880'>then</span> <span m='112000'>do</span> <span m='112110'>a</span> <span m='112160'>better</span> <span m='112530'>job</span> <span m='112960'>of</span> <span m='113190'>extending</span> <span m='113630'>the</span> <span m='113690'>battery</span> <span m='114040'>life</span> <span m='114480'>of</span> <span m='114860'>that</span> <span m='115150'>mobile</span> <span m='115400'>device.</span> </p><p><span m='115820'>So I</span> <span m='115870'>did</span> <span m='116080'>research</span> <span m='116470'>in</span> <span m='116560'>that,</span> <span m='116770'>I</span> <span m='116810'>got</span> <span m='116980'>my</span> <span m='117100'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='118140'>I</span> <span m='118210'>went</span> <span m='118420'>on</span> <span m='118640'>to</span> <span m='118770'>do</span> <span m='118940'>a</span> <span m='119000'>post</span> <span m='119290'>doctoral</span> <span m='119720'>fellow</span> <span m='120250'>at</span> <span m='120500'>the</span> <span m='120560'>University</span> <span m='120980'>of</span> <span m='121040'>Texas</span> <span m='121500'>at</span> <span m='121570'>Austin</span> <span m='122500'>where</span> <span m='122890'>I</span> <span m='122950'>moved</span> <span m='123340'>into</span> <span m='123660'>looking</span> <span m='123990'>at</span> <span m='124100'>context</span> <span m='124700'>awareness</span> <span m='125170'>within</span> <span m='125460'>a</span> <span m='125500'>network.</span> <span m='126030'>So</span> <span m='126090'>I</span> <span m='126150'>talked</span> <span m='126420'>about</span> <span m='126670'>the</span> <span m='126750'>networks</span> <span m='127160'>where</span> <span m='127300'>you</span> <span m='127420'>move</span> <span m='127620'>data</span> <span m='127900'>from</span> <span m='128080'>one</span> <span m='128240'>place</span> <span m='128449'>to</span> <span m='128570'>another.</span> <span m='128900'>Well,</span> <span m='129050'>there's</span> <span m='129600'>information</span> <span m='130139'>going</span> <span m='130370'>on</span> <span m='130490'>in</span> <span m='130600'>the</span> <span m='130660'>networks</span> <span m='131120'>that</span> <span m='131250'>also</span> <span m='131630'>affects</span> <span m='132830'>how</span> <span m='133030'>fast</span> <span m='133440'>you</span> <span m='133540'>can</span> <span m='133700'>move</span> <span m='133820'>that</span> <span m='134020'>data</span> <span m='134270'>or</span> <span m='134430'>where</span> <span m='134610'>to</span> <span m='134680'>move</span> <span m='134840'>it</span> <span m='134890'>to.</span> <span m='135380'>So</span> <span m='135520'>I</span> <span m='135580'>looked</span> <span m='135810'>at</span> <span m='135890'>context-aware</span> <span m='136540'>networking.</span> <span m='137810'>And</span> <span m='138010'>then</span> <span m='138170'>I,</span> <span m='138430'>from</span> <span m='138660'>there,</span> <span m='138910'>went</span> <span m='139080'>on</span> <span m='139260'>to</span> <span m='139360'>the</span> <span m='139460'>laboratory.</span> <span m='140630'>Over</span> <span m='140820'>the</span> <span m='140940'>last</span> <span m='141550'>few</span> <span m='141730'>years</span> <span m='142080'>I've</span> <span m='142190'>been</span> <span m='143660'>doing</span> <span m='143970'>lots</span> <span m='144140'>of</span> <span m='144210'>different</span> <span m='144420'>research</span> <span m='144760'>at</span> <span m='144850'>the</span> <span m='144930'>lab</span> <span m='145230'>and</span> <span m='145330'>recently</span> <span m='145680'>moved</span> <span m='145910'>into</span> <span m='146250'>more</span> <span m='146430'>of</span> <span m='146510'>a</span> <span m='146570'>management</span> <span m='146990'>role.</span> </p><p><span m='148430'>Something</span> <span m='148920'>that</span> <span m='149060'>I</span> <span m='149130'>wish</span> <span m='149590'>that</span> <span m='149790'>I</span> <span m='149910'>had</span> <span m='150150'>known</span> <span m='150380'>when</span> <span m='150540'>I</span> <span m='150610'>was</span> <span m='150780'>in</span> <span m='150890'>high</span> <span m='151090'>school</span> <span m='152560'>was</span> <span m='152730'>that</span> <span m='152920'>you</span> <span m='153040'>don't</span> <span m='153380'>have</span> <span m='153580'>to</span> <span m='153680'>be</span> <span m='153900'>the</span> <span m='154000'>best</span> <span m='154390'>at</span> <span m='154520'>something</span> <span m='155230'>in</span> <span m='155410'>order</span> <span m='155620'>to</span> <span m='155740'>get</span> <span m='155910'>really</span> <span m='156140'>good</span> <span m='156350'>at</span> <span m='156550'>it.</span> <span m='156900'>And</span> <span m='157050'>you</span> <span m='157160'>don't</span> <span m='157420'>have</span> <span m='157610'>to</span> <span m='157730'>necessarily</span> <span m='158430'>think</span> <span m='158730'>that</span> <span m='159030'>you</span> <span m='159600'>have</span> <span m='159750'>a</span> <span m='159780'>natural</span> <span m='160260'>ability</span> <span m='161820'>to</span> <span m='161920'>do</span> <span m='162240'>something.</span> <span m='162900'>And</span> <span m='163070'>if</span> <span m='163150'>you're</span> <span m='163410'>interested</span> <span m='164720'>then</span> <span m='165250'>you</span> <span m='165420'>can</span> <span m='165640'>learn</span> <span m='166060'>a</span> <span m='166160'>lot</span> <span m='166360'>of</span> <span m='166430'>different</span> <span m='166730'>things</span> <span m='167050'>and</span> <span m='167630'>nobody</span> <span m='167980'>is</span> <span m='168280'>ever</span> <span m='168530'>going</span> <span m='168770'>to</span> <span m='168930'>know</span> <span m='169570'>the</span> <span m='169750'>most--</span> <span m='171340'>have</span> <span m='171770'>comprehensive</span> <span m='172330'>knowledge</span> <span m='172650'>of</span> <span m='172720'>everything</span> <span m='173070'>in</span> <span m='173150'>a</span> <span m='173210'>field.</span> <span m='173570'>And</span> <span m='173720'>so,</span> <span m='174230'>it's</span> <span m='174470'>OK,</span> <span m='175070'>and</span> <span m='175260'>you</span> <span m='175370'>can</span> <span m='175520'>still</span> <span m='175750'>do</span> <span m='175900'>really</span> <span m='176200'>cool</span> <span m='176580'>and</span> <span m='176720'>interesting</span> <span m='177470'>things</span> <span m='177850'>without</span> <span m='178150'>knowing</span> <span m='178430'>everything.</span> <span m='178960'>So</span> <span m='180050'>I</span> <span m='180120'>wish</span> <span m='180330'>I</span> <span m='180380'>had</span> <span m='180500'>given</span> <span m='180710'>myself</span> <span m='181040'>a</span> <span m='181100'>little</span> <span m='181310'>bit</span> <span m='181450'>of</span> <span m='181560'>a</span> <span m='181610'>break.</span> </p>","file":{"id":368019,"video_id":"3299546756001","name":"2204-Angela-AsstGroupSupervisor1","duration":183717,"thumbnail_url":null}});