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Brittany Young
Engineering and Biotechnology Transfer Student


 
Brittany Young
Brittany Young is in a good place thanks to her decision to attend BCCC and redirect her academic career. Before her arrival here, this graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute spent a year at a large university where the class sizes were huge and she hardly ever got to see her professor. Enter BCCC, where Brittany, 22, discovered the perfect environment to focus on her interest in math and progress toward a four-year degree. “BCCC made all the difference,” she says. “The classes were smaller and the College caters to your learning needs.” So much so that in her one year here, Brittany progressed through Calculus II and III, Organic Chemistry – which she picked up in the STEM program at the BCCC Life Sciences Institute at the University of Maryland BioPark – Physics and AutoCAD.
 
Brittany transferred to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in spring 2011 where she landed what is now a paid internship doing planetary studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Lab. This summer, she is interning at NASA analyzing image feeds from the space-based telescopes orbiting Venus and Mercury. Did you hear about that Mickey Mouse surface feature on Mercury? Well, that image was discovered by an intern, according to CNN. And that intern happened to be Brittany Young! She hopes to apply what she considers her “macro” perspective on math and science to a career in product development, perhaps in the pharmaceutical or renewable energy sectors.