What are you doing now?
After St Andrews, I went on to study a masters degree in Digital Forensics at James Madison University in Virginia. Moving to a different country was another big challenge in itself but I learnt a bunch of cool stuff during the course and was able to continue with my Senior Honors project for the thesis portion of the degree. After living in the US for two years I decided I wanted to stay and this is where I joined EAI Technologies as an Application Innovator. EAI is a company that works with a bunch of different clients and is involved in working with a lot of different technologies. Because of this, it is a very exciting and face paced environment to work in. After being there 2.5 years I am now about to embark on a new Software Engineer position at Verisign working on a Cyber Security Intelligence portal, I’ve been on this project as a contractor for the past year but I am glad to be joining the team full time as it is a large an exciting project to be part of.
What is your favorite memory from your time studying Computer Science in St Andrews?
My favorite memory was winning 3rd place in the Young Software Engineer of the Year award in 2011. Before coming to St Andrews I hadn’t taken any programming classes before and I struggled through my first couple of years at St Andrews getting to grips with the new languages we were learning whilst trying to stay on top of practicals. But in my third and fourth year it finally felt like the struggle was worth it and with the help of some great professors, my grades finally started to pick up. The motivation from achieving better grades ultimately led to me knuckling down on my Senior Honors project, with the guidance of Al Dearle as my supervisor. When Kevin Bridges handed me the award all the hard work had paid off and it felt awesome!
What was your favorite module, and why?
My favorite module at St Andrews was the Junior Honors group project. It was the first time we actually had to work together as a team which was great for some real world experience. We got to meet the client and play the role of architects, designers, engineers, testers and users all in the span of one project.
Alumni Profile added: Nov 2015