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After completing her undergraduate work at Virginia Tech, Maya realized she did not, in fact, want to spend her life working at an engineering firm in a cubicle....which, naturally lead her to pursue wine!

Maya has worked in Virginia at two boutique wineries Blenheim Vineyards and Afton Mountain Vineyards.  She is a graduate student in Hildegarde Heymann’s lab and is studying the sensory and chemical impact of volatile compounds in sparkling wine, in relation to the dynamic attributes of bottle conditions.  Maya is looking forward to applying her background in mathematics and engineering to the study of wine.