Ph.D. Student Wins LexisNexis Award
Congratulations to graduate student Angelica Andrews on being a recipient of the LexisNexis Recognize Our People Award, which acknowledges exceptional employees for their valuable contributions to the company.
Angelica attended the joint BS/MS program at the FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science, where she earned an MS degree in Computer Science and completed the certification for Big Data Analytics. She is currently a graduate research assistant and doctoral student, pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science with a concentration in Data Analytics, while working as an engineer at LexisNexis.
“Angelica is a talented, ambitious, and hardworking student,” said Dr. Borko Furht, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement (CAKE). “She graduated our MS program with a 4.0 GPA, started our Ph.D. program, and is also working at LexisNexis, and she is only 21 years old! This award is truly well-deserved, and I look forward to seeing what she will accomplish as she continues to study and expand her skillset.”
Angelica’s Ph.D. research will focus on machine learning, and she hopes to apply this knowledge to help her advance in her career at LexisNexis. “I also want to help students achieve their goals to give back to the community that helped me achieve mine,” she said.
At LexisNexis, Angelica works as a software engineer for a team that internally processes data for the company to enhance their business analysis on a day-to-day basis. She also assists with data visualization, data analysis, and potential machine learning applications.
“Angelica deserves this award for going above and beyond to deliver a number of outstanding results for the business,” a LexisNexis representative said. “She joined the organization in March 2020 and in a very short period of time has picked up several new technical skills, furthered her understanding of the business and the data, and delivered high-quality results, while engaging with the business users very constructively and demonstrating a terrific level of positive energy and drive in everything she does. Her versatility, tenacity, passion to learn and keep making progress while facing challenging obstacles, and her willingness to spend extra hours to get the job done has served her well.”
Angelica credits her professors at the College of Engineering and Computer Science for playing a pivotal role in helping her accomplish many of her academic and professional goals thus far.
“Starting with Dr. Furht as my mentor and advisor, he was able to introduce me to various businesses, including LexisNexis, through the CAKE program since the beginning of my college career,” she said. “That program also gave me the opportunity to work with other companies such as JM Family, which enabled me to get acquainted with business processes and the business environment. Other faculty members such as Dr. Mihaela Cardei, Dr. Ionut Cardei, Dr. Oge Marques, and Dr. Hill Zhu have taught me invaluable technical skills that directly apply to what I do now, and have helped refine me to be a better software engineer. Without their guidance, I would not have learned what I know now, nor would I be the person I am today.”