Where in the World are Waverly Grad­u­ates? Iris Helle, 07 and Max Libbrecht, 07

The second piece in a series of occa­sional reports on Waverly graduates.

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Iris Helle takes to the skies when­ever she can.

Iris Helle, class of 2007, always came to school on Halloween dressed as Lara Croft, Tomb Raider. She said she wanted to fly and she pursued her dream. She received a Bach­e­lor of Science in Aero­nau­tics, (majored in Aero­nau­tics, minored in Avia­tion Safety) from Embry-Riddle Aero­nau­ti­cal Univer­sity. Right now she works as a Flight Coor­di­na­tor at Van Nuys Airport for a company called Jet Edge Inter­na­tional. Her future plans are to stay with the company and see if I can climb the corpo­rate ladder – if not, I plan to move to Europe to start working in avia­tion there.” When asked if she gets to fly, Iris explained that her job is to arrange flights and arrange­ments for crew members (i.e, hotels, rental cars, etc.) – no flying at work, unfor­tu­nately. But,” she added, I do get to fly for pleasure!”


Max Libbrecht’s dream job is waiting at the end of his PhD program.

Max Libbrecht, class of 2007, did his under­grad work at Stan­ford in Computer Science. And now, Max says, I’m in the Computer Science PhD program at Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton. I’m doing research in Compu­ta­tional Biology with my advisor, Bill Noble. I’ll be at UW for a few more years. PhDs usually take between 4 – 7 years, and I’m currently in my second year. After that I’m hoping to get a job as a profes­sor at a university.”