Alum Highlight: Maura Imparato
For someone as innovative and tech-savvy as Maura Imparato, it was a rather old-fashioned way to learn about Georgetown’s graduate program in Technology Management.
“I found an ad for the program in a print newspaper,” Imparato recalled. “It was about the last time I read one.”
That was in 2009, and by then Imparato had already pursued a wide range of academic interests, from anthropology to Persian art, technical writing, and documentary photography. Then a science writer for the Smithsonian Institution, she knew the technology field would keep growing, and was eager to get into it.
“I see the graduate work as picking up a new vocabulary,” Imparato said. “It’s a lot like learning a culture and a language.”
In Georgetown’s program, Imparato did, indeed, pick up a new vocabulary. A busy working parent, she somehow found time to help start the University’s Technology Management Student Association and found the Women in Technology Management group. When she graduated in 2012, she received its Outstanding Student Award and was asked to return as a faculty member.
Her studies at Georgetown had an immediate impact on her career. Soon after enrolling in the TM program, she became a Web Services Project Coordinator for the Smithsonian. More recently, she has worked for the International Monetary Fund, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, and the National Institute of Mental Health, where she contributed project management services for a neuroscience site. She also began studying neurotechnology in the Georgetown Doctor of Liberal Studies program.
Imparato has been a frequent guest lecturer for the Technology Management program and has assisted students with their Capstones as a teaching assistant.
“I really enjoy mentoring new technologists and guiding them through the thinking process,” she said.
Imparato is currently on the podcast “Students vs. Startups” along with fellow Technology Management instructor John Gilroy.
Alum Highlight: John Dombzalski
John Dombzalski says he’s “not a techie by trade,” and, depending on how you define “techie,” that could be technically true. But even a casual search through his resume shows he’s worked for some pretty formidable technology companies.
Soon after enrolling in Georgetown’s graduate program in Technology Management in 2013, Dombzalski was promoted from Federal Sales Associate to Account Manager at Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), one of the world’s largest distributors of geographic information system (GIS) software. Two years later, he became an Account Executive at SAS, joining its National Security Group, where he managed the company’s relationship with key national intelligence and defense agencies.
Dombzalski received his master’s degree in 2016. A few months later, he moved to his current position overseeing global government sales for the rapidly expanding firm Mapbox, which makes custom online maps for The Weather Channel, CNN, Airbnb, and other well-known customers.
If Dombzalski isn’t strictly a techie (and that’s debatable) he’s certainly an expert in geography and mapping. Growing up in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, before GPS systems were widely available, he was the key member of his family “who always knew how to get from Point A to Point B.” A geography major at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, he later used his mapping skills as a Planning Technician at the Luzerne County Planning Commission in Pennsylvania.
Applying to Georgetown’s Technology Management program seemed like a bit of a risk at the time, but it was a risk worth taking. “I stepped out of what I naturally knew and chose to explore broader technology concepts,” Dombzalski said. “The program introduced me to different people in a lot of different professions. I enjoyed engaging in various dialogues and debates, and was fortunate to learn a great deal from my peers and the Georgetown staff.”