“List in order of preference the top two academic areas that interest you from the majors list.” I liked programming and literature, so I wrote down computer science and English on my college application. Later I attended the School of Engineering orientation where my adviser told all of us incoming students that a math degree was only four additional classes with the computer science degree; later that week I walked into my adviser’s Star Trek-decorated office to talk one-on-one about my schedule thinking I should aim for the computer and math dual major. But he said those magic words: “If you could find a way to earn all three degrees, it would be a powerful combination.”
I went back to my dorm room convinced I could make it work, and I did—I graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BS in computer science, a BA in math, and a BA in English. While in college, I also joined Theta Tau Fraternity, served two years as my chapter’s regent, and was named the national fraternity’s Robert E. Pope Outstanding Student Member. To say I was busy is an understatement.
By the time I graduated, it was clear that I enjoyed the challenge of communicating effectively with technical and non-technical audiences. Thankfully my first job out of college allowed me to do just that as a project manager at a web development company, working with clients and developers directly while shaping the documents and processes used to communicate with both groups to deliver successful projects on time and on budget. That job put me on a path that led me to work at a variety of companies in fast-paced environments as a project manager, giving me experience with offshore and in-house development teams, internal and external clients, and waterfall and agile practices.
I am excited to be a part of the Improving Enterprises team, and I look forward to new challenges and learning opportunities.