Alumnae Interviews

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Tawnie Thiessen


Software Engineer
Harris Corporation


SCS Alumnae Tawnie Thiessen answers several questions about her time at CMU and her experience afterwards at the Harris Corporation.

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Nivedita Chopra

Nivedita Chopra


Class of 2015
Facebook


With just a few weeks left of my time at Carnegie Mellon, life feels a little weird. Late night Entropy runs, free cookies and pizza, and a perpetual lack of sleep will soon be history. And I'm going to miss the place that has become my home...

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Aparna Jaiya

Aparna Jaiya

Asset Management Division
Goldman Sachs & Co.


The most important skill that Carnegie Mellon teaches you is how to solve a problem: imagine starting out with a blank sheet of paper and no instructions on how to go about approaching the problem but after a few hours of perseverance ending up with an elegant and efficient solution.

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Tiffany Chang

Tiffany Chang

Financial Technology Associates Program (FTAP)
Citadel Investment Group, L.L.


Going into my first job, I had the confidence and background to know that I'd be able to learn whatever I need to know quickly. I also knew that I had the exposure to enough different technologies that even things I'd never seen before would be similar to something I did know.

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Caroline Hayes

Caroline Hayes

Professor
College of Science and Engineering
University of Minnesota


During the summer before I started as an undergraduate, I wavered between University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University. As an entering freshman, I had intended to be a biology major, and to pursue a career as a researcher in cell biology. I was attracted to these two schools because both were technically excellent in science and engineering. I had no thoughts of a career in computer science at that time, so the reputations of the computer science departments never entered into my initial decision.

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Meenakshi Delory

Meenakshi Delory

Technical Project Manager
Merrill Lynch
New York


I applied to Carnegie Mellon because of its outstanding academic reputation and felt that I would receive a higher quality education at this institution. I also thought that graduating from CMU would be an accomplishment in itself (definitely true!), and that my ties to CMU will prove to be beneficial in job hunting, graduate school applications, and many other of my future endeavors.

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Ting-Chih Shih

Ting-Chih Shih

Ironically, I didn't even know about Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) until my senior year in high school when I overheard some guy in my Physics class who wanted to apply for CMU's computer science program. Then I found out that CMU has the best computer science program in the country. I would have never gotten interested in computer science if it weren't for my high school teacher who gave a moving speech about how computer science can be used and the importance of getting more females interested in the subject. Her speech inspired me to sign up for Computer Science I in Pascal. I did well in the class and liked programming for what it can do. I love teaching, so at that time, I thought I could write educational software programs for children.

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Lydia Choy

Lydia Choy

I do research with Stage 3, which concentrates on 3-D interaction and virtual worlds. It is exciting work, and I have the opportunity to collaborate with the smartest and nicest people on campus. I have been involved with the Alice project since my junior year. I have found that my experience provides a good foundation for further interests.

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Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson

During my first year at CMU, I was embarassed to tell guys my major because they might think I got in because of my gender. I went to see the Freshman Advisor for Computer Science, Jim Roberts, and said, "If I am in here because I am a girl then I don't want to be here. Please tell me why I am here!" Jim explained to me the admission criteria used by the University and CS department to admit new students and pointed out that gender was not a factor in admittance. He then said to me, "You are here because you are just as qualified as any other student in Computer Science, not because you are a girl."
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Leah Miller

Leah Miller

Upon arriving at CMU, I found that I really appreciated the diversity of a campus that had a good CS program without being strictly technical. CMU excels in many areas and the students have lots of different talents. The required minor for the CS program allows exploration of other interests outside of the CS department. I liked the availability of interdisciplinary courses and research projects with other departments.

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Gita Sukthankar

Gita Sukthankar

I've been impressed with everyone I've met here. The students work hard and play hard and the faculty members are available if you have questions about your research.

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Carla Sereny

Carla graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999 with a degree in Computer Science. Soon afterwards, she took up a position in Russia, working with the Peace Corps. In this interview, Carla shares her thoughts about Carnegie Mellon as well as her diverse experiences in Russia.

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Agata Bugaj

Agata graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004 with a degree in Computer Science. She is currently working for IBM as a software Engineer. In this interview, Agata shares her thoughts about Carnegie Mellon and about being a computer science student in this great university.

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