Office of Civil Rights
March 1, 2013

Date: 03/01/2013 Description: Celebrating Women's History Month 2013: Mary Curtin - State Dept ImageMary Curtin has a BBA in computer information systems, a master of science in computer science, and a doctorate in professional studies in computer studies. Mary has worked as a senior programmer analyst for major corporations for over 20 years. Mary currently works as a senior passport specialist with the Bureau of Consular Affairs. "This is interesting and exciting work. Part of what I do is related to issuing and evaluating the new biometric passport that contains a chip in which an individual’s personal information is stored, thereby making it nearly impossible for people to forge or use stolen U.S. passports." Mary works on special projects, like webpage creation. "When I interviewed for the position, I knew that the interviewers were impressed by my research in keystroke biometrics, and my exposure to handwriting recognition."

Mary became interested in science and math at an early age. Because of her mom's scholastic achievements, Mary's mother encouraged her to do her best when she was growing up. Mary's favorite leisure activities are skiing, hiking, and biking. Mary teaches Cool Web Design for the AAUW volunteer EYO program at the College of Mount St. Vincent. Students learn the basics of HTML and JavaScript by making their own webpages.