What are you doing now?
I am now a Technology Consultant for IBM, based in London. I am currently working on the IBM’s congestion charge project for ‘Transport For London’. IBM have recently taken over the London congestion charge system from Capita. I was originally brought onto the project short-term to help the project partner with incident management. This developed into a longer-term role doing Incident management and release management for one of the teams within the project. Despite officially having a management based role, I have also helped with important data analysis, drawing upon skills I learnt during my time at St Andrews.
What is your favourite memory from your time studying Computer Science in St Andrews?
My favourite memory of Computer Science at St Andrews is probably upon Graduation. Being able to look back at the hard work and long hours and realising that it was all worth it at the end of the day. The satisfaction of having completed the degree to a high level was second to none. Specifically, during studying, there were many times that my classmates and I would be having banter in the labs and generally keeping spirits high as we worked on coursework. It would have been very difficult to complete all the work without the ridiculousness that went on in labs.
What was your favourite module, and why?
My favourite module was probably CS3301, Component Technology. I enjoyed learning of different ways to make programs interact across a network and how to put them into practice. This was further built upon in CS4103, where we looked at the problems facing networked computers. I could also highlight the CS4302 Multimedia module, as the Audio visualisation practical was good fun and the class produced some hilarious results.
“There is no magic” MB, SP
“Does it actually fly though?” AB to DI