“The HCC program at UMBC is designed in a way where student can learn basic while working on projects with real clients from outside and inside the campus. This exposure helped me a lot during my full-time job search.”
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Degree Program: Human-Centered Computing (M.S.)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Helena Mentis
2011, B. Tech, Computer Engineering, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
Why did you decide to attend UMBC?
Why UMBC? I was offered admission to IUPUI, UNCC and UMBC. IUPUI offered me RA, tuition remission and $1K funding for domestic travel yearly. I chose UMBC because of professors and courses offered. My focus was to take courses which were design-oriented. UMBC’s geographical location was quite favorable being close to Washington, DC with access to VA, MD, and DC opportunities. UMBC’s reputation and work being done here, including research conducted by Ph.D. students. UMBC was best out of all of the schools I had to pick from.
Why Human-Centered Computing? Undoubtedly, I had zeal for designing. This program helped to give direction to my career choices and to add to my computer background that includes five years of IT industry experience. This interdisciplinary program was a perfect blend of what I was looking for. HCC at UMBC was a good opportunity to learn basic of HCC, to get formal education for UX Design career. I was fortunate enough to learn and study under learned professors like Dr. Wayne. Lutters, Dr. Amy Hurst, and Dr. Ravi Kuber.
What are some of the benefits of being part of the graduate community at UMBC?
UMBC provides state-of-art laboratories, and good university environment along with all usual perks! I had chance to be a part of student governing body here at UMBC. It’s interesting to know that the voices of graduate students are heard and respected. The Graduate School@UMBC, the staff (including the International Education Services department), and the Information Systems department provide a good learning atmosphere that supports my studies. There are lots of opportunities for good exposure to current conferences and other meet-ups. The Career Center and career events organized here are really good opportunity to connect and learn current industry trends.
What are your plans after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I was focused towards scoring a full-time job after I would graduate and which was the reason to go for Practitioner Track and non-Thesis Track. I have secured a full-time UX Designer job in MA, USA.
When you are not researching, what are your hobbies or interests?
Sketching portraits, letter-writing, and surfing the net about recent design trends, technology and gadgets.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
The HCC program at UMBC is designed in a way where student can learn basic while working on projects with real clients from outside and inside the campus. This exposure helped me a lot during my full-time job search.