2012 Winner of the Change Agent ABIE Award
Maria received her two MS degrees in Information Security and in Economics and Business Management from Russian National Nuclear Research University MEPhI. During her studies she was awarded several fellowships, including a Russian Government prize fellowship. After graduation she led several research projects, supervised master students and was teaching Cryptography seminars. Maria also graduated from a ballet school and is a candidate master in aerobics.
In 2007 Maria joined IBM Science and Technology Center in Moscow as a Software Engineer working on Storage systems for Mainframes. Besides her daily job she was involved in many outreach activities such as volunteer work on IBM E.X.C.I.T.E. Program (Exploring Interest in Technology and Engineering, for middle school girls). She was one of the founders and active leader of IBM Technical Excellence Council R/CIS (TEC, in Russia), an IBM Academy of Technology Affiliate.
Recently Maria moved to IBM Research – Zurich to finish her Ph.D. on efficient cryptographic protocols for privacy protection. She is also an external PhD student at the Cryptography group at ETH Zurich. While working at IBM Zurich she still actively participates in collaboration with IBM Russia. In 2011 Maria received an ex-officio membership in IBM Academy of Technology, and created Women in Technology chapter under TEC R/CIS. She also holds regular sessions for Swiss girls graduating from high school and encourages them to approach technical career path.