Student Profiles

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The Professional Master's Program in Computer Science & Engineering has consistently recruited top computing professionals from across the Puget Sound region. More than 100 people apply for admission to the program each year, and around 50% percent are accepted. Selected students are almost all employed on a full-time basis in regional IT companies and are pursuing their master's degree to advance in their current career. A typical entering class has the following characteristics:

  • Average Professional Experience: 5 years
  • Average GRE Scores: Quantitative: 83rd percentile; Analytical: 4.0 (written test); Verbal: 60th percentile (however there is no minimum GRE score required)
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.5
  • Percent Non-US Citizens: 22%
  • Undergraduate Majors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Math, or Other Science & Engineering
  • Top Employers: Microsoft, Boeing, amazon.com, Google
  • Typical Job Titles: Software Design Engineer, Software Developer, Computer Engineer

Learn more about the program's admission requirements to see if you qualify. Or read on to learn about some current PMP students.

 

Tricia Lee in red sweater sitting on stairsTricia Lee (Expedia)

Tricia Lee is another UW CSE bachelor’s degree graduate who is returning to the UW campus for her master’s degree. “When I was an undergraduate, my goal was to study computer science and get a job that would let me do some programming. But now that I’ve had a chance to gain four years of professional experience, my career path has become more visible, and I can see more clearly the path I want to pursue and the specific knowledge I need to get there.”

Tricia said she took a good look around at education options before choosing the PMP. “I talked to several friends and co-workers who have taken computer science courses both locally and out of the area. I found that the depth and quality of the PMP courses, along with their course options in research areas that will boost me toward my goals, by far made it the best fit for me.”

 

Ian Obermiller in grey striped hooded sweatshirt, standing next to Microsoft Research signIan Obermiller (Microsoft)

Things are moving quickly for Ian Obermiller. Less than two years after graduating with a computer science degree from Marquette University, Ian was promoted to Microsoft’s Mobile Computing Research Center, part of Microsoft Research.

Now working on emerging technology that will be used for marrying the phone and the cloud, Ian joined the PMP in Autumn 2011 mostly because, “I like learning new things, especially from people who know it well and have been immersed in the field for years.”

And where does Ian want to go with this new knowledge? “In the future I see myself moving into a higher level of design and architecture. PMP courses will give me the depth I need to excel in these areas.”

 

Jarret Falkner (Zillow)

Jarret Falkner, Zillow

Jarret Falkner completed his bachelor’s degree at UW CSE in 2007and has now worked four years as a software developer. Jarret said returning to UW CSE for the Professional Master’s Program was a no-brainer when it came to his career. “You can bet that someday you will be working with a particular aspect of, say, operating systems or information retrieval, so a wide breadth of knowledge from the classroom can quickly transfer to projects at work.”

Jarret did just that as he was promoted to a development manager role at Zillow. “The immediate turnaround from my first PMP course in computer vision was surprising.  Within weeks of covering topics in class, I applied two new techniques to better visualize data and improve search performance."

 
Jason Tamulonis in grey sweater standing in front of glass Google sign

Jason Tamulonis (Google)

Jason Tamulonis’ positive undergraduate experience at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute only left him wanting more. “I double majored in computer science and computer systems and just didn’t have time to take all the courses I would have liked.”

After a three year stint at Intel and another year and a half as a software engineer at his current employer, Jason is finally getting his wish as a PMP student. There is also another motivation. “Google is a very academically driven company. Here a high value is put on higher levels of learning. I feel my PMP knowledge will both help me advance and keep me fresh. It’s important that what I learn in the PMP is applicable to what I do.”

While Jason hasn’t nailed down his long-range professional goals, he knows the PMP will help him no matter what path he takes. “The specifics aren’t so important,” he says. “For me, the main thing is to keep developing my skills and see where it leads.”

 

Niranjan Balasubramian (Microsoft)

Like many of our PMP students, Niranjan Balasubramian came to the Seattle area to contribute his software development talents to our local industry-leading technology firms and products. He worked at Microsoft in India for three years before making the overseas jump to Microsoft’s Redmond campus and their SQL Server team in 2010.

“I would enthusiastically recommend the PMP to others like me who want to advance their knowledge while working in the Seattle area. It isn’t just the courses or just the outstanding faculty; the PMP has given me the opportunity to interact with fellow students from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds and to discover what they are working on and their approach to the technology.”

 

Alex Matute in grey, green, blue striped sweater, standing in front of windowAlex Matute (Microsoft)

Alex Matute is passionate about computer science. That passion drove him to graduate at the top of his class at the Instituto Technologico De Monterrey in his home country of Mexico. In six short years Alex has wielded his software development skills for technology companies in Washington DC, San Francisco, Arizona, Los Angeles, back to DC, and finally in Seattle.

For the past year Alex has been focusing that passion on his projects as a software developer for Microsoft’s Windows Azure team working on the kernel of cloud computing called the fabric. This passion is also what compelled him to join the PMP. “There is no economic reason I applied to the PMP. It’s only that I have a great desire to learn more about this field and what I do. The more I learn, the better I will be able to design this new technology.”

Alex first heard about the PMP from a Microsoft co-worker who is an alumni of the program. Since then he has discovered two more PMP alumni in his group. “They all highly recommended it, and once I found out it is one of the best computer science departments in the country my mind was made up.”