Edgewood College, Class of 2009
Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems
How I Decided on my Major
I’ve always had an interest in computers and programming. I knew from a young age I would be pursuing a career in the field, so when it came time to select a major, it was a pretty easy choice.
What I’m Up To
I’m working as a manager of software engineering at Dell. I help oversee the entire development process from architecture to deployment and support. I work with a multi-national and distributed team of software developers, testers, product managers and support staff. In addition to my job, I spend time working on open source projects, speaking, and writing both blogs and books. Through this type of activity I’ve been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional title for the past three years.
Edgewood Experiences that have Helped Me Since Graduating
The technical classes that involved team work and seeing a project through to completion really helped to shape the way I tackle problems in the workplace. Often there is a misperception in the CIS field that work is done alone and behind a computer. This is not the case, and in fact, having a background in working as a team has proved to be extremely important. The computer industry is one of the most connected, and thus makes it almost more important to develop your soft skills as it is your technical ones. Many times we find that the biggest hurdle in software development is merely a matter of communication.