Bridg­ing a gap

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Talk with Krishnaswamy about her achieve­ments — whether it’s in per­son, by Skype, or via the Beam, the nearly $15,000 telep­res­ence de­vice she uses to con­duct her aca­demic and pro­fes­sional busi­ness — and she’ll even­tu­ally sound like an Academy Award win­ner thanking the many peo­ple who have made her suc­cess pos­si­ble.

First come her par­ents, par­tic­u­larly her mother, who have pro­vided most of the hands-on care through­out her life, from feed­ing and bathing her to mov­ing her hand to the mouse she uses to op­er­ate her com­puter.

“My chil­dren's lives are very im­por­tant to me, so there is no job too dif­fi­cult for me,” Pushpa says. “Noth­ing equates to a mother’s care.” The mes­sage took root. “My par­ents al­ways told me never to give up,” Krishnaswamy says, “and never to let fail­ure near me.”

Then there are the Howard County teach­ers who ex­panded her sense of what was pos­si­ble for her: MESA ad­viser Marie Bos­ton, who con­vinced her she could suc­ceed in the IEEE com­pe­ti­tion, and Fran Dum­mett, who drove her to the UMBC cam­pus to show her a col­lege she be­lieved would wel­come her, and oth­ers.

At UMBC, as­so­ciate vice provost Renetta Tull in­tro­duced Krishnaswamy to the Louis Stokes Al­liances for Mi­nor­ity Par­tic­i­pa­tion, a Na­tional Science Foun­da­tion pro­gram

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