School: Rochester Institute of Technology
Degree/Major: Master's in Computer Science
What was your role? I added network analysis functionality to Esri's Android API (including routing, service area, and closest facility operations). I also created sample Android applications for users to download and familiarize themselves with the new functionality. Early in the summer, I worked with geocoding, which mainly consisted of automated Python and C# test frameworks for quality and acceptance testing.
Coolest thing about working at Esri? I really enjoyed how casual the environment is—managers feel more like coworkers than bosses, teams are tightly knit and coordinate well with each other, and overall everyone is very friendly and helpful (plus, you can't beat jeans and sandals for work attire).
Most important thing you learned during your internship? The software development cycle. Of course, I'd learned the classic paradigms in school, but actually being part of the system, seeing how it worked, and contributing to the iterative process really taught me how to work in a flexible and agile development environment.
Where is the last place you traveled to? Santa Ana (California) for a Madeon concert at the Yost Theater
Last song you downloaded? "You and I" by Zed's Dead and Omar LinX
Favorite way to spend a Saturday afternoon? While in California, it's been either cruising around in a boat on San Diego Bay or checking out the beach events on Fiesta Island
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want with you? A water desalination kit, solar panels to power that kit, and maybe a small grill for seafood
Can: Build/modify computers, grill, play video games
Can't (but wish you could): Pilot a plane, play the cello, find Waldo