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