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New major was no problem for recent Transylvania grad blazing her own trail in computer science

Christine Lee

Two years into her pre-med studies at Transylvania, 2020 graduate Christine Lee took a chance on a computer science course and found that computer programming was her true interest. Problem was, she only had two years left. Enter computer science professor Kenny Moorman, who worked closely with her to figure out her schedule and work with her to complete the degree requirements and graduate on time.

“The faculty in computer science facilitated the process,” she says. “I can say with 100% confidence each and every professor really cares about their students. They will personally guide you and take time out of their life to really support you and help you as a student.”

It was a daunting proposition, changing majors and pursuing a field that, as Lee says, has historically “been a field of men.” But Lee has plenty of experience being a leader and a pioneer, serving as president of her sorority chapter and even being voted 2019 Greek Woman of the Year. She’s a dynamic personality who won’t shy away from stepping up to a challenge. 

Not only did she complete her degree, she went to Moorman and told him she wanted more hands-on experience, building her own 3D printer. He didn’t hesitate.

“It really showed me that Dr. Moorman trusted me, and I think that’s a great thing about Transy — the opportunities are there,” she says. “Transy values personal growth as much as academic growth. As a leader I’ve gotten support from my friends, immense support from my professors, faculty, administration. It’s been an amazing experience being a student here.”

All that hard work and guidance paid off when, during her final semester, Lee landed an automation engineering internship at Gray Solutions just three blocks from campus in downtown Lexington. Unsurprisingly, the firm knew they’d found someone special — immediately after graduation she began her full-time job there as an automation specialist. 

Transy is the perfect place for students to pursue bold paths while getting an education that will guide them toward success in whatever field they choose. Apply today to join the Class of 2025, and find out what Pioneers are really made of.