Jason J. Burke '01

July 24, 2013

Computer Science and Math

Grayslake, Illinois

Why did you choose SJC?
I chose Saint Joseph's College for a few reasons. First, it was important for me to attend a Catholic school with a strong liberal arts program. I thought that this kind of education would not only provide me with technical skills, which change over time, but also with people skills and lessons that would last me a lifetime. I also wanted to attend a small college with strong computer science and baseball programs, and after speaking with Computer Science Professor Brian Capouch and a baseball coach from SJC, I knew the College met all of my criteria.

How did SJC prepare you for the "real world"?
From a technical standpoint, the Computer Science Department was several steps ahead of other colleges and universities, and because of my coursework background, I was able to skip training sessions and begin meaningful work right away. Also, the reading, writing, and discussion I was exposed to in the Core Program prepared me for the tasks I perform in my job every day, such as participating in meetings, discussing project proposals, and writing technical and support documentation.

What are you doing now?
I am a senior manager at Discover Financial Services, responsible for overseeing the development and maintenance of the discovercard.com website. This website allows millions of customers to manage their Discover Card account online providing a wide variety of functionality including viewing statements, making payements, and redeeming cash back bonus. I manage a team of J2EE application developer and business analysts delivering technical solutions to support Discover's customer service and marketing business units.

As a student, what were you involved in?
I was a member of the baseball team, Noll Hall Governor, involved with intramural sports, a Freshman Leader, Tutor for the Computer Science and Math Departments, member of Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society, and Student Administrator for SJC's Computer Science Department. I also completed an internship the summer after my junior year with Discover Financial Services in Riverwoods, Illinois, operator of the Discover Card brands and the company I currently work for. As an intern, I was unique because, in my classes at SJC, I had already been exposed to the kinds of computer programs and languages used at Discover, while interns from other colleges needed additional training. By the end of my internship, I had a written an application that Discover is currently using to help maintain employee information.

During my internship, another SJC student, Brock Heinz '01, also interned there, and the two of us were able to form a relationship between Discover and SJC. Currently, there are several alumni who are employed full time with the company.

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