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Day in the Life of a Computer Scientist

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Presentation given at ODU's Freshmen CS110 class. Includes discussion about what it means to be a computer scientist.

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Day in the Life of a Computer Scientist

  1. 1. Justin F. Brunelle The MITRE Corporation& Old Dominion University 11/09/2011
  2. 2.  Justin F. Brunelle – Computer Scientist The MITRE Corporation ◦ Application Developer/KM Researcher Old Dominion University Alumnus/Student ◦ BS and MS in CS (2008, 2010) ◦ PhD Student  Dr. Nelson  WS-DL – Digital Preservation
  3. 3.  BS in Computer Science ◦ Continued mentorship  Intelligent Tutoring Systems ◦ Research assistant ◦ Professional developer  MS in CS ◦ Continued research  Serious Games ◦ Published 5 papers on Serious Game Design  Daytona, Boston ◦ Wrote book chapter on Applied Natural Language Processinghttp://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ34qeF1rBHpL0jhaE4tEH-HGWQ-V2tCkiAQL8xo55j-RYFz3U3Ve26ZAvN
  4. 4.  PhD  Digital Preservation ◦ Ensure Web pages are stored over time ◦ Visit CNN.com on September 11th? ◦ Visit weather.com during Hurricane Katrina? ◦ Eliminate the 404 error? ◦ Save Facebook?!http://www.mementoweb.org
  5. 5.  Discuss opportunities in Computer Science Give a description of my career Answer questions
  6. 6.  Wireless Sensor Networks  VANETs  Xbox Kinect  Medical Modeling  Machine Learning  Search Engines  Big Datahttp://cdn.techd.in/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/8.5-Million-Settlement-Deal-For-Google-Buzz-Lawsuit-Now-Closed.jpg?0http://oneforty.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/facebook.jpg
  7. 7.  Computers are dumb  Good at repeatable tasks ◦ Simple Computation ◦ Following instructions  Bad at derivation/abstraction ◦ What’s right or wrong? ◦ Deductive reasoning  How do you make a PB&J sandwich?http://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/national-peanut-butter-and-jelly-day.jpg
  8. 8.  Get PB and J  Get bread and knife  Insert knife into PB  Spread PB onto bread  Insert knife into J  Spread J onto bread  Put bread together (condiment-side in)  Enjoyhttp://static1.freeaddictinggames.com/thumbs/2028.jpg
  9. 9.  I work at The MITRE Corporation ◦ Hampton, VA  Application Developer ◦ (aka programmer) ◦ Web Development ◦ Satellites ◦ IC CAE ◦ Information Researcherhttp://www.mitre.org
  10. 10.  Not for profit  Government owned  FFRDC ◦ Supports DOD, IRS, FAA, etc.http://img.docstoccdn.com/thumb/orig/73624417.png
  11. 11.  Operate as strategic partners with their sponsoring government agencies Organized as independent entities with limitations and restrictions on their activities Assist the U.S. government with scientific research and analysis, development and acquisition, and systems engineering/integration Bring together the expertise and outlook of government, industry, and academia to solve complex technical problems
  12. 12. Where our staff Mature Judgment Technical Skills come from Self <5 New Grads Employed More than 20 2% Academia 2% Years of 6- Govt. 3% Experience 10 2% Other Systems 6% 11 - Engineering Military 16 - 15 12% 20 Networking & Communications Industry 73% Information Security Software & Database Engineering Economic/Business Analysis Modeling & Simulation Other Engineering Area of Educational Degree Doctorate Computer Science Electrical Engineering Other Engineering Bachelor’s Master’s Management & Business Mathematics Other Sciences Physics Other Degree Social Sciences 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 Number of Staff With DegreeImages from Dr. Robert Cherinka’s presentation
  13. 13.  Fortune 100 ◦ 10 years in a row  Computerworld ◦ 6 years in a row  Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service  Fast Company “50 Most Innovative Companies” 13http://www.mitre.org
  14. 14. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Waterfall_model_(1).svg
  15. 15. http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ls6rm0lIPb1qa559ao1_400.jpghttp://trickyrelativity.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/watercooler.jpg
  16. 16.  Solving Problems Group work Programming ◦ 10 lines per day?! Theory PUZZLES!
  17. 17. Feedback Incorporated Into Product Backlog
  18. 18.  I work normal hours ◦ Never eat Funyuns or drink Mountain Dew  Small teams  Give talks at schools  Work in the community  Research doesn’t happen in a vacuumhttp://www.fritolay.com/assets/images/blue/funyuns-original.gif
  19. 19. People Process TechnologyImages from Dr. Cherinka’s presentation
  20. 20. MITREInternship / Co-OpOpportunities Balancing Theory with Practice is Key! 20 © 2008 The MITRE Corporation. All rights reserved
  21. 21.  Promote and motivate interest in STEM Offer “real world” exposure with hands- on experience Provide an opportunity to consider MITRE as a career
  22. 22.  How? ◦ Contact me Justin F. Brunelle jbrunelle@mitre.org 757-896-8569 http://www.justinfbrunelle.com
  23. 23.  For the opportunity and honor All the great questions I’m about to get!

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