What are you doing now?
I work for Cappex.com. A Chicago based company focused on college and scholarship search. I’m a Product Manager working in an Agile Scrum environment. We build great web products iteratively and incrementally; delivering features every week! My interests now are Scrum, Lean start-up and Product Management.
What is your favourite memory from your time studying Computer Science in St Andrews?
So many to choose from! I really enjoyed the junior year group project. The project involved programming LEGO Mindstorms. The project was a lot fun and involved building a track, with barcodes for junctions, that weaved throughout the whole computer lab. I learnt a lot about teamwork and the value of coding all-nighters!
The other memory that sticks out was the weekend retreat to a stately home outside of St Andrews. It was a great chance to socialize with a wider group of students and, importantly, lecturers and researchers. The presentations over this weekend opened my eyes to the research process and the interesting projects the St Andrews staff and post-graduates were working on.
What was your favourite module, and why?
Different courses appealed to me in different ways. From a purely academic sense, I enjoyed the Computer Security module. I found the subject matter fascinating. Learning about how security is much more than cryptography was an important lesson!
My career has focused on user-centered design so, from a practical perspective, the Human Computer Interaction module was extremely valuable. Understanding that software design is more than just elegant code was (and still is) vital. The reading I did in that class got me my first job!