- Alumnus, Computer Science
It took six years to complete my Ph.D. at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. I am grateful for each experience and for all the people that I met during that time. In addition to having world-class faculty, a crucial benefit of studying at the Graduate Center is that it is located in the heart of New York City, which means that one can interact with people from many different cultures that visit or inhabit the city. The student population of the Graduate Center is also very diverse which greatly enriches students’ experiences.
I was very fortunate to have Prof. Scott Dexter as my mentor and to have a very supportive committee, as well. Most people take for granted the importance of having an involved mentor and a support group of professors and friends. Pursuing a Ph.D. requires a lot of internal strength with long hours of solitary thinking. It has been shown that retention and completion rates increase when students have a mentor and a sense of belonging in the program.
I am now a Research Scientist at Intel Corporation. I am working on problems related to the intersection of cloud computing and visual data. A typical day is a mix of reading papers, writing down ideas and code implementation. I work in the heart of Silicon Valley, which is filled with people that want to leave their mark in the tech world. The Graduate Center prepared me very well for this new stage of my life and I will always be grateful to all the people that took a part in helping me obtain my graduate degree.