Computer Science Symposium Aims to Inspire Future Grads

Computer science students will get a glimpse at the potential fruits of their labors during the 11th annual Computer Science Alumni Symposium later this week.

A one-evening gathering, the alumni symposium offers career and graduate school insight from invited alumni who have pursued careers in the world of computer science and information technology.

Computer Science Professor Renee McCauley

“Current students don’t know what to expect in industry, research or further education, and they don’t know how to get started — how to interview, what to expect during an interview or on the job, how to apply to graduate school, etc.,” says computer science professor Renee McCauley, who is managing the symposium this year. “The alumni symposium affords current students opportunities to learn from earlier graduates.”

McCauley says the purpose of the event is for current computer science students to find out how fellow CofC graduates have navigated careers and graduate degrees within the field.

“Students can ask for advice on any issues related to the job market, computing jobs and graduate school experiences,” says McCauley. “We hope that students take away advice and information that they are interested in that enhances their chances for post-graduation success.”

The Department of Computer Science Alumni Symposium begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday March 24, in room 129, or auditorium, of the College’s School of Sciences and Mathematics Building at Coming and Calhoun streets. It will be followed by an alumni social at the Carolina Ale House at 6 p.m.

Husna Siddiqui ’16, a software engineer at Blackbaud, is serving as the symposium’s emcee. The presenters for the 11th Annual Computer Science Alumni Symposium include:

Arpan Kotecha ’05, co-founder of KOS Analytics.

David Johnson ’13, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia.

Matt Paul ’14, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.

Chad Hobbs ’14, IA application security lead at CACI International.

Laura Barber ’15, DevOps engineer at Tradeworx.

David Moore ’15, master’s candidate at North Carolina State University’s Institute for Advanced Analytics.

Katherine Vaughan ’15, application engineer at Blue Acorn.