What/who inspired you to get into this field?
Math has been a passion of mine most of my life. In high school I was encouraged by one of my teachers to consider a future in math. Once I was at Rose-Hulman, I took a couple of introductory programming courses as part of my math major requirements, and I loved it. That’s when I decided to add a second major in computer science.
What classes would you recommend for this field (high school and college)?
Taking advanced placement (AP) computer science courses in high school will help you get into the field a little early, but most students don’t have that opportunity and still succeed as computer scientists. In college, take as many computer science and mathematics courses as you can, especially elective courses so you can find out what area you are most interested in.
What are some other companies that employ graduates in this field?
Computer Science/Software Engineering (CSSE) is one of the most in-demand departments at Rose-Hulman. Interactive Intelligence hired the most CSSE students in the 2013-2014 year, but there are many other great companies that recruit in this field — Microsoft, Google, Groupon and Amazon are some other companies that recruit CSSE students.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I’m able to do what I love every day. Working as a software engineer for analytics allows me to incorporate my biggest interest, which is math. I enjoy knowing the work I do and love will help other companies become more successful.