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"The technology field is always changing so instead of focusing on one thing, the education at MC strives to focus on core logical principles and critical thinking. Those are the skills that it REALLY takes to be successful in the technology field at a professional level."

Joshua Bibb

Graduation Year: 2011
Major: Computer Science (Now Information Systems)
Minor: Physics

Heuristic Solutions, LLC
Software Test Engineer
Columbus, Ohio
U.S.A.

Joshua lived in Marietta for all but six months of his life. After graduating high school there was really no serious discussion about attending other colleges; it was pretty much set in stone that he would be staying in Marietta. I have been interested in computers for as long as I can remember so I had my heart pretty much set on a computing degree from the moment I walked in the door, and meeting with the professors in the department solidified that desire further.

Joshua hasn't been happier with a decision in my life. The classes, especially some of the higher level electives, were always interesting and the group of students in the major made the classes entertaining and fun. They were challenging yes, but the major was designed to be challenging and prepare students for the 'real world' so it wasn't unwarranted.

Near the end of his sophomore year Joshua was approached about an internship possibility doing QA work for a software company, and he took advantage of it. He started work for Heuristic Solutions three years ago, interned for 2 years, and was extended a formal job offer about a month before he graduated from Marietta. Joshua was very grateful that he was given that opportunity, and it was very nice to not have to deal with the stress of searching for a job and sending in applications after he graduated.

Advantages of attending MCIS:
"You learn what you need to know to get going in a career. The technology field is always changing so instead of focusing on one thing, the education at MC strives to focus on core logical principles and critical thinking. Those are the skills that it REALLY takes to be successful in the technology field at a professional level."

Favorite MCIS memory:
"Oh, there are several. Having binary conversion (aka free points) as the first 3 questions on every programming exam ever. Injecting random humor into presentations. The laid back atmosphere of the classes. Programming Bob's Lego Robot to drive into one of the other professor's room and play annoying beeps in infinite loops. Going to Programming Contests driving rental vans in perfectly responsible, safe manners, obviously!"

How has the MCIS program benefited your career?
"Well, as stated above, it really kickstarted my career getting that internship, which turned into my current job. I know I watched some of my fellow students in the department also get internships which were beneficial too. They do everything they can to get you lined up with internships and the like, and its really nice."

Advice for current or prospective MCIS students:
"Take hard classes. When Computer Science was still a major, it required up to 300 level Math and Physics classes. I dont believe it requires those anymore, but I would still strongly recommend them. And hard classes in general. It might be a pain when youre up late at night cramming or doing homework, but it will make you so much more satisfied with your college experience, and the problem solving/thinking development is well worth it.."

Sample projects :
"Well, my official title is 'Software Test Engineer' and I basically just write programs that test the software that our company develops. This decreases the manual testing effort of the QA team. I also fix the occasional defect in the software and am responsible for coordinating our daily conference calls and meetings. I can't really share an example due to NDA's and the like, but its some pretty cool stuff!"

 
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