TA Spotlight: Cynthia Baseman

Cynthia Baseman

Cynthia Baseman is a TA for CS 7470: Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing. Keep reading to learn more about Cynthia!

What do you do professionally?

After receiving my B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, I worked as an avionics electronics engineer specializing in Flight Management Systems. This work led me to discover my passion for human-computer interaction (HCI), so I switched gears and returned to Georgia Tech to work towards a graduate degree in Computer Science. I am currently head TA of CS 7470: Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing. I am also a member of the GT Ubicomp Health and Wellness Lab (PI: Associate Professor Rosa Arriaga), investigating how we can create robust, useful, and usable mobile health systems to address current gaps in chronic care health management.

Why do you TA for OMSCS?

I love to teach and connect with students, and I hope to act as evidence that minorities in STEM can succeed. Being a TA is always rewarding, but OMSCS specifically brings together individuals from all around the world with different backgrounds, skills, and beliefs. It’s an honor to be a part of the graduate journey for such a diverse and impressive cohort.

What is your advice for future OMSCS students?

To thrive during your time in OMSCS, I would recommend you devote some time to figure out exactly what excites you and what you’re passionate about (if you haven’t already). When I first started working in industry, I considered getting an online M.S. in Electrical Engineering, just because it was “something to do”. Ultimately, I am so glad that it didn't pan out. Once I discovered my passion, it was a game changer.

What's your best study hack?

Not specific to studying, but start early! Even if you know those initial ideas won’t make the final cut, I like to open assignments the day they’re assigned. I create a new file, set up the format, and jot down some initial thoughts. When you return to actually do the assignment, it feels so much less intimidating to come back to something that exists. It’s just like making your bed in the morning—you’ve achieved something already.

Find Cynthia on...

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cynthia-baseman-865173133/