Tiffany Chang Interview

What attracted you to Carnegie Mellon?

I knew it had a great computer science program and I liked the size of the program and the school.

What was your favorite class and why?

Networks - The professors were great, I liked the course material and I got to work with one of my good friends on the labs, so it was fun.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

Randy Bryant was a great professor for 15-213. He was always welcoming of questions and had such depth of knowledge that anything you asked, he'd always have a clear and insightful explanation for. The notes for the class were also great and it was cool to know that we were test driving his future text book.

What was the best thing about living in Pittsburgh?

The price of food!

What opportunities do you feel you had at Carnegie Mellon that you wouldn't have had at another university?
I definitely had more access to professors and administration than I would have had anywhere else. The opportunity to take a breadth of outstanding classes - everything from Acting to Human Computer Interaction Methods is not something you find everywhere. The curriculum also made it possible to get a second major, a feat that many universities seem to make very difficult.

How do you think Carnegie Mellon helped prepare you to meet your
professional challenges?

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.

What do you believe has been your greatest achievement?
Starting a group like Women@SCS that thrived and helped out the community.

What advice would you have for incoming students in the field of computer science who were worried about the difficulty of their program?

Nothing worth having was ever easy. Do all you can to prepare before you start, and write down all your questions. Then get all your questions answered.

The advances in the field of computer science have lead to a digital revolution. We've seen the birth of the personal computer, the fruition of Moore's law, the rise of the Internet, to name a few. What do you think we'll see next?

Big changes in security - both physical and digital. Physical keys are already starting to go away and being replaced by biometrics. I think the financial industry will catch on and try and solve the problem of identity theft as more and more transactions are done online and with through credit/debit cards.

Describe your current position and its roles and responsibilities.

I'm in the Financial Technology Associates Program (FTAP) at Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C. It's a rotational program through several technology groups with everything from financial front office trading to developing technical infrastructure. Roles involve developing applications, learning about the business and supporting daily trading activities.