Hometown: Signal Mountain, TN
Current Job: Graduate Assistant Student Researcher for CUIP
MS Program: Computer Science
Why did you choose UTC CECS?
I chose UTC CECS due to convenience. This was the closest college to my home, and I read that UTC had a pretty good Comp Sci program.
What is your career ambition and how is the MS program helping you get there?
I don't really have any grand ambitions. I really am just looking for a line of work that I won't grow to hate doing. I feel that working on projects with tangible results and impacts on the end users is likely going to be my end goal for careers though.
What have you liked about the MS program?
The straight forward classes and laid out schedule of classes has been by favorite feature of MS here. For undergrad, I had to take countless classes that had no bearing on my major, but all of my masters level classes have been teaching me valuable information I know I'll use.
Did you take any online courses?
Yes. The best part of an online course is the lack of a meeting time, so I can choose what days and what timeframe I want to set aside for that class, making my schedule much more flexible.
What opportunities have you had during your degree to gain other skills?
I've been doing research work for about 2 years now, which has been literally an invaluable experience in terms of learning and real world preparation. I've also been a part of the student ambassador program for CECS to improve my leadership and public relation skills.
Have you had support from CECS faculty/staff?
Most of my teachers so far in the MS program have been very helpful in learning difficult concepts to grasp. The most influential though would be my boss Dr. Sartipi, who is the main reason I'm in the MS program to begin with.
How has the program helped you?
The main benefit from the MS program was the accompanying research work, which has been the greatest method of learning and preparation for my line of work.
What has been the best part of your experience?
The best part of my experience has been the opportunity to publish a paper to an international conference, and attend said conference presenting on my team's research results.
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