Major: Computer Science
Minor: Art and Math
Residence: Bloomington, Ind.
What are you doing now?
I am working as a software engineer for the GlobalNOC at Indiana University. I'm on a team that develops software to help monitor Research and Education Networks around the world. More specifically the software team is responsible for creating network management, measurement, and visualization tools.
What experiences did you appreciate most in the SJC Computer Science Department?
Everything! The utilization of Open Source technology in the classes has been extremely beneficial as I work with it every day. I believe the department's emphasis on the fundamentals of computer science at the beginning of the program allows you to more easily conceptualize the big picture later on. The push to integrate new cutting-edge technologies such as VOIP gives you an ace up your sleeve during the interview process. Both Prof. Capouch and Prof. Coy have extremely engaging classes and are always willing to meet outside of class to go over material with you.
How did the Core Program integrate with your major?
I believe the Core Program has increased my ability to assess problems, discuss them in an effective manner, share my input and be open to the ideas of others.
What advice would you give to a prospective student looking to major in Computer Science at SJC?
If you enjoy critical thinking and an engaging major, this is definitely for you. I wouldn't be too scared of not having enough experience in the subject. I started off my collegiate career with my only "programming" experience being dabbling in HTML. When asked if I had ever worked with Linux before, my response was, "Linux?... What's a Linux?" At the time, I thought HTML was a programming language and Mac OSX and Windows were the only operating systems in existence. If you put in the work, Prof. Capouch and Prof. Coy will help you get up to speed. Not to mention, in a time where jobs are scarce, the IT field remains an anomaly. Demand for IT jobs keeps going up and it isn't showing any signs of stopping.
How were Prof. Coy and Prof. Capouch helpful to you?
Prof. Capouch and Prof. Coy were both helpful by being passionate about what they were teaching, conducting classes in an engaging manner and making themselves available whenever I needed help. I remember one of my favorite projects in Prof. Coy's class was recreating a text based adventure game from the70's known as Colossal Cave Adventure. The project was a lot of fun, it allowed me to be very creative, and really reinforced core object-oriented programming concepts in my mind. Probably my most memorable experience in Prof. Capouch's class was our software engineering project. The idea for the project stemmed from Prof. Capouch's personal historical research. It combined history and technology in such a way that it was interesting to anyone that heard about it. The project really brought together everything that I learned over the course of my four years at SJC. It showed me how you can combine various components of technology to make a functioning piece of software.
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