Elizabeth “Bizzy” Moore ’20 is a problem-solver. In the course of her internships over the past three years, she has facilitated a successful rocket launch at NASA, developed a sensor system to remotely collect water quality data, and trained a neural network to recognize the vocalizations of marmoset monkeys.
As she balances the academic demands of her final year at HWS, and trains for the increasingly tough games of the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament, Moore says the confidence she developed solving problems — in the classroom, in the lab and on the field — has helped her prepare not only for the semifinals next month but for her career after HWS.
After graduation, Moore, a computer science major and physics minor, will join the Digital Technology Leadership program at United Technologies Corp., one of the world’s leading aerospace companies. Through the leadership program, she and other recent graduates will rotate divisions within United Technologies-owned companies, like Otis Elevator and Collins Aerospace, in eight-month stretches over a two-year period.
“Being in the rotational program, I’ll have the opportunity to see different aspects of computer science and software engineering,” she says. “There’s so much out there.”
Moore has participated in research-based internships throughout her academic career at HWS. In addition to a yearlong internship with NASA, she has conducted research with Montana State University’s electrical and digital engineering department, the Finger Lakes Institute, and most recently Pratt & Whitney, another of the subsidiary companies under United Technologies.
A defensive midfielder on the Herons No. 2-ranked soccer team, Moore adds that it’s “not only her research experience but the leadership roles on campus through soccer and the Student Athletic Advisory Council [that] helped me gain confidence. I’ve been pushed out of my comfort zone by professors and coaches on campus. When I started [my internship] this summer, I was more comfortable being uncomfortable and HWS has done a great job preparing me for that.”
A member of the William Smith Senior Honor Society, Hai Timiai, Moore has earned a number of athletic, academic and leadership awards at HWS. She was three times named to the Liberty League All-Academic team and twice to the 2017 All-Liberty League first team. She also is a recipient of the 2019 Susan Bassett Award for excellence in academics, athletics and leadership.
The Herons finished 2019 ranked No. 2 in the final United Soccer Coaches and D3soccer.com polls. William Smith was 21-2-1 overall and rode a 17-match win streak into the championship game before suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Messiah. The Herons were a perfect 9-0-0 in Liberty League play and secured their 13th straight league regular season and tournament titles.
“This is new ground for every person on the team,” Moore says. “All of the teams have worked really hard, so we have to take it one game at a time, one play at a time. We have to keep believing in ourselves and keep doing what we’ve doing to get to this stage.”