Thanasi Letras, Assistant Director of Technology
"A Bryn Mawr education teaches our students to look at the world in a different way. It shows them they can ask questions that maybe wouldn’t be asked otherwise – it gives them the courage to do that."
Bryn Mawr has become very involved in 3D printing, and you have been a big part of that. What do you think the benefits are of girls exploring that technology?
I think that it lets them try things and see a result quickly, and that rapid succession of trying different ideas leads to innovation. They have created some really incredible things with the 3D printer, like the drone that recently won second place at the FabSlam competition. It’s fun, because in a club setting I get to know the girls on a different level and we can share an interest that is outside the usual day-to-day interactions we have.
You teach an elective called Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking. What made you decide to teach that?
It started as a course we taught for a few years called Network Concepts and Design, and then we sort of retooled it with a different focus on cybersecurity and ethical hacking because, one, that’s where there is a lot of interest – there’s a lot of stuff about it in the media – and two, it’s a good thing to give our students exposure to if they want to go into technology in college or as a career because it’s a growing field in technology.
What do you think is the most valuable thing about a Bryn Mawr education?
I think it teaches our students to look at the world in a different way. It shows them they can ask questions that maybe wouldn’t be asked otherwise – it gives them the courage to do that. It also teaches them that there are many different viewpoints, and to look at all of those viewpoints and consider them when thinking about an issue.