Margaret Schervish is a principal software engineer at Applied Predictive Technologies (APT). She graduated from CMU in 2013 with a double major in computer science and math, and has been working at APT since then. She has led multiple teams responsible for APT's core analytic and modeling features, and also has experience in web development. Outside of software engineering, she led APT's recruiting efforts at CMU for 3 years, created the APT Puzzle Tournament, led its development for 5 years, and serves as an advisor to several entry-level software engineers. She is also a member of the professional development committee for APT's Women's Leadership Network. This fall, she plans to volunteer with Microsoft TEALS, co-teaching computer science remotely at a high school in Maryland. Since graduation, she has also focused on improving as runner, and her favorite race is, of course, the Pittsburgh half/full marathon!
Interview with Margaret
What are you up to now after graduation?
I am a Principal Software Engineer at Applied Predictive Technologies, living in the Washington DC area. At APT, I currently lead our modeling team. Working on teams focused on our calculation code has been a great way to combine my computer science and math majors! I also lead development and organization of the APT Puzzle Tournament, which I helped to start 4 years ago. I serve on the professional development committee of our Women's Leadership Network and am currently planning a workshop and discussion on imposter syndrome for our DC office.
Was your involvement with Women@SCS valuable to your life at CMU and after graduation?
Being involved with Women@SCS gave me another community at CMU where I made close friends and took on leadership roles. In my first two years, I especially valued meeting upperclass women who I was comfortable asking for advice about classes and interviews.
Since graduation, I have been lucky to participate in a few Women@SCS events when I am back in Pittsburgh, especially the alumni panel last fall, and to meet the current students who are doing so much for Women@SCS. The conversations I had as a student in Women@SCS have also helped me talk with co-workers about some of the challenges that women in tech face.
Words of Wisdom
- Don't forget to thank the people who make your time at CMU better - the professor who gives you an awesome TAing job, the TA who spends a few minutes or an hour helping you with an assignment, or the friend who brings you dinner in Gates when you forget to eat. At CMU we move so fast and are always looking ahead to the next assignment or interview, but letting the people around you know you appreciate them is worth it!
- There is a lot pressure during job or internship season to pick the best or most popular company. Being able to do multiple internships is a huge privilege and I'd encourage you to identify the factors that are most important to you and try to separate that from what your classmates think. (Maybe that means doing something other than a tech internship!)