My fundamental passion to create innovative ideas has led me to pursue a masters degree in Software Engineering. I have been accepted to Loyola University Chicago’s Masters in Software Engineering Program, and I plan to graduate in 2017. Parallel, high performance, and distributed computing interest me the most.
A foundation of technical mastery is an ideal tool in today’s software driven world. I have chosen Software Engineering as the technical base of my knowledge for 3 reasons:
1) Software has the highest projected long term growth among engineering disciplines.
2) Software has a lower operational overhead from a business perspective when compared to other business strategies.
3) Software has no borders; it unites people worldwide to bring about change.
I completed my software engineering core and earned CNC Operator and Programmer 1 and 2 certificates at Harper College in 2015. From a systems perspective, many products that were purely mechanical are being integrated with software systems. Understanding manufacturing processes and mechanical design challenges gives key insights into product design, integration, and cost control for physical systems that are software enabled.
After I complete my masters in software engineering, I plan on attending Northwestern University’s Masters in Engineering Management (MEM) program. I expect to apply for the fall 2017 semester. This will give me the tools to grow from a technical expert into a technical leader. I will use the knowledge gained here to focus the resources, facets, and nuances of a diverse team to accomplish complex projects.
In 2013, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration concentrated in Marketing from Roosevelt University. I graduated with honors, and I earned the honor of carrying the gonfalon at graduation. I selected a marketing degree because it is the business field that relies heavily upon creativity; it fundamentally involves people and their lives. You can’t always “buy” good or even the right marketing; the best approach fundamentally comes from creative inspiration. Marketing’s overlap with psychology and its close ties to sales-functions place marketing ability at the forefront to deliver the best solutions to customers’ challenges.
I work constantly to expand my knowledge beyond the classroom. I observed that the most successful and productive leaders have an abundance of cross-functional knowledge. This allows them to bring together both the technical and non-technical puzzle pieces to build not only a successful business, but a sustainable platform for value creation. I broaden myself by reading books and articles, travelling, and surrounding myself with people with different foci. Over time, I acquired complementary knowledge in several key areas such as law, robotics, electronics, HAM radio, optics, math, computer aided design, computer aided manufacturing, psychology, and culture to help drive business as well as technical decisions.
Being in my mid-20s, I am in the first generation to grow-up with today’s most powerful tool: the Internet. As a young boy, the Internet was not a common consumer technology, but by my adolescence it had expanded to be a household item. Because of this, I have seen consumer computation grow from stand-alone technologies into a completely interconnected network. As time moves on, this reality seems ever more clear that the future of computing will be highly distributed and highly parallel. Currently, there exists systems using these technologies. However, these products are not yet truly mainstream due to their complexity beyond what would be expected for consumer products. I want to equip myself with knowledge of how to take advantage of these technologies. This enables me to create products which bring distributed and parallel capabilities into the marketplace.