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Alumnus Story: Scott Joseph, BSIT ’10

Current City:
New York, NY

Major and Graduation Date:
Bachelor of Science in information technology with a concentration in software engineering, May 2010

What did you do in the year immediately after graduation?
I moved back to my hometown of New York City to start employment at Goldman Sachs. For the first 3 months at GS, I was part of the New Associate Programmer Analyst program, where they flew in new graduate hires from all offices around the world to train in New York City together. (To date, this is still my favorite experience and the start of most of my current friendships.) Once training was complete, I joined the technology infrastructure department where I wrote code to help manage the physical and digital inventory of Goldman

What do you do for a living now?
I’m a senior software engineer at Google in New York City, and I’m happily approaching five years here. For the past nine months, I’ve worked on ads products creating systems that link publishers with advertisers to create advertising deals. Before this, I was still in ads but working on reporting applications that allow publishers to fully understand the performance of their advertising campaigns: revenue generated, number of clicks and views per ad, and other metrics.

For my 20 percent project (one day a week to work on something not related to my direct team), I specialize in campus outreach and involvement, with a focus on diversity recruitment. For example, I was at UM in fall 2016 hosting a variety of events, including a Tech Talk on compilers and Resume Office Hours, and I was also at the Grace Hopper Celebration and Society of Women Engineers conventions recruiting talented women engineers for successful careers. I continue to attend conferences, so stop by the Google booth and say hi!

Describe one key memory of your time at CoE.
CoE is a close-knit family, and these are just a few reasons why:

  • During freshman year, a collegiate board member noticed me in the hallway right before a meeting and essentially forced me to attend. I became interested, motivated, then compelled to become very active. Today, I am a National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Lifetime Member to ensure the continuing success of minority engineers.
  • My mom passed away during my junior year right before Thanksgiving. This was clearly a difficult time for me, with multiple trips back to New York as her condition was drastically changing week to week. Word of her death and my struggles spread to Dr. Tien (CoE dean at the time), and he said to me, “I’m sorry for your loss. Would you like to come to my house and enjoy Thanksgiving with my family?” I’m almost brought to tears every time I think of this memory.

What advice would you give to younger alumni or current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
College is a wonderful experience, especially at UM – you meet people from a wide variety of backgrounds, all working toward the common goal of developing their careers. Many of them will become your lifelong friends. Keep them close; respect them with all your heart. You may be affecting their careers (and vice versa) in the future.

This includes the faculty. They work for your success. I was recommended for my first internship by my academic advisor, Mrs. Ann Helmers (I didn’t even want the internship. I wanted to just do nothing all summer). As your ally, they have the foresight to steer your career in the right direction.

(Lastly, and this is most important) I only found out years after college that once you graduate or switch jobs, you can ask to push back your start date 1+ months for international travel. The world is massive – you won’t regret this.

In what ways did your CoE experience have an impact on your career and who you are today?
CoE taught me that engineering is wonderful. Let me remind you that I’m not one of those people that wrote code in high school; I was introduced to it during my freshman year of college. You must constantly learn about the engineering experience and how that relates to your career goals. If you are ever confused, question everything. I continue to give back to the University because I believe CoE is invested in your happiness. The job opportunities are endless; the money is waiting. As a software engineer, I am paid to continue my hobby. Are you ready for success?