John Sharko - in CASA
Monday 2 - 9 PM
Tuesday 2 - 9 PM
Thursday 11-4 PM
Mark Morabito - in CASA
Jeff MacQuarrie - in HH318
Alex Frazer - in HH318
10/21/2011 9:30 - 11:30 AM @ DPAC
The Computer Science Department at Framingham State University held its 5th annual “Careers, Technology and You” presentation for FSU and local high school students last Friday. The event, which drew a huge turnout in the Dwight Hall Auditorium, included several brief presentations put on by industry professionals who spoke about their experiences entering and working in a 21st century, technologically-based workplace.
“Hearing these panelists talk about their jobs and how much they love to go to work every day really makes me excited to take the next step in pursuing a job in technology,” said Nick Mazzola, a senior from a local high school.
But the panelists didn't just talk about their careers. Professionals like Edwin Guarin and George Matthews of Microsoft, as well as Paul Clemente of Raytheon, also talked about some of their companies' latest and greatest projects in an effort to excite and inspire students.
For example, after presenting a video on the products that Microsoft expects to release within the next five years, which included digital wallets and newspapers with live news feeds, Guarin looked out toward the audience and said, “These are the types of things that you—your generation—will be creating in the future.”
“My favorite part of the presentation was the exoskeleton from Raytheon,” Curtis McKenna from Natick said. He referred to an Iron-Man-looking suit that, when worn, allows a user to pick up several hundred pounds several hundred times without getting tired. “If I could get a job engineering things like that, I wouldn't feel like I was working a day in my life.”
Despite their different interests and concentrations in the field of technology, each panelist encouraged students to pursue what inspires them and work hard every step of the way. Laura Proctor of Mathworks summed it up best when she said, “It's not always going to be easy, but [if you] work hard, you'll never regret it.”