Q & A with Tanumoy Pati, 2012 Alumnus, MS Computer Science

Tanumoy Pati, 2012 Alumnus, MS Computer Science, Software Research and Development Engineer at JDS Uniphase Corporation

Where are you currently working?

I have been working as a Software Research and Development Engineer at JDS Uniphase Corporation for the past 6 months.  My primary responsibility is that of a GUI (Graphical User Interface) Programmer for the MTS product family, which are used for communications testing and measurement.  

What do you enjoy most about your current position?

I enjoy the work environment the most. Being able to work in a research environment is great, because you not only get to work on new and innovative projects, but you also get ample opportunity to enhance your personal skills. Moreover, while working on a feature, you enjoy a great deal of flexibility with regards to decisions such as the design and the technologies to be used.

How did your time at IUPUI help you reach your goals?

I got the opportunity to do research work under Dr. James Hill, which proved to be the most vital stepping stone in my career.

My favorite class has to be “Object-oriented Design and Programming”, taught by Dr. Hill. In a nutshell, this course is about learning design patterns, design anti-patterns and good coding standards. It can be easily said that this course has the greatest impact on your performance in the IT industry. It is a very well planned course, as the emphasis is not just on theoretical knowledge but also on practical application.

What is your lasting impression of the Department of Computer and Information Science?

The Department of Computer and Information Science at IUPUI definitely played a key role in shaping my career. I have worked in the department, first as an Admissions Assistant and then as a Teaching Assistant, which I enjoyed a lot. We have good people in our department, who care about the students and work very hard towards overall departmental growth. Students have a great opportunity to learn from a very talented faculty, as well as get their hands on some quality research work.