Graduate Student Profile - Alumni
Name: Bhavana Malhotra
Hometown: Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Prior Study: Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidhyalaya(IIPS,DAVV), Computer Science
Degree Sought: MS Information Technology
Concentration: Software Design
Department: Information Technology and Web Science
Year of graduation: 2012
Current Position: Software Engineer at Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA
Bhavana served as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Computer Science during her study at Rensselaer and joined Cisco Systems in January 2013 as a Full-Time Software Engineer.
Describe your graduate project and its purpose/applications?
As a part of my graduate project in IT Capstone course, I got an opportunity to work in a four-member multi-cultural team for helping an entrepreneurial venture build a mobile app. It gave me real-world work experience and improved my technical and management skills.
What are your hobbies/interests/special talents?
My hobbies are photography, ballroom dancing, hiking, traveling, cooking and shopping. Rensselaer has a rich set of activity clubs which helped me learn ballroom dancing and photography.
Why did you choose to enroll at Rensselaer?
I selected to attend RPI primarily because of the fact that it is the oldest private technology institutions in the US. Secondly, the flexible course structure for the MS IT course is another main reason why I selected RPI over other Ivy League offers for pursuing my Masters. MS IT at RPI has a variety of concentrations like human computer interaction, software design, database, management information systems, and web science. Students can select any one or multiple concentrations and they can wait until the last semester to decide the concentration. Thirdly, the MS IT course at RPI is a job-oriented course and prepares students well for stepping into the professional world. RPI also has a strong Alumni network always willing to help.
What are some benefits of being part of the Graduate Community at Rensselaer?
Graduate students have easy accessibility to a number of academic and non-academic resources. Besides this, at RPI students get lot of encouragement from faculty and peers and a very positive environment to become a well-rounded person. RPI also gives students a platform to engage in community service and give back to the society.
What would you tell a prospective student about choosing Rensselaer?
“Why not change the world” – the slogan of RPI says it all. The first thing I would tell a prospective student is the slogan and the fact that if you want the right platform for your ideas to grow into reality, technological expertise and guidance of excellent faculty members which will help you become a pioneer in your field of interest, then RPI is the right place for you.
List Information about your background and accomplishments in College and Work Experience
I was a Software Engineer Summer Intern at Cisco Systems, California. It was an enriching experience and my first step into the real-world work life. At RPI, I was a Teaching Assistant for the Computer Science department for a year. Besides academics at RPI, I had the opportunity to be a student representative in the Graduate Curriculum Committee for MS IT which aims at restructuring the courses and revising the curriculum for MS IT. I was the Graduate Representative in Gamma Nu Eta – the First National IT Honor Society founded at RPI in the year 2000. I was also the Event Coordinator of Graduate Indian Student Association, RPI and organized a number of cultural events.
What are your plans following graduation?
After graduation, I plan to enter the professional world and use the knowledge and skills I developed at RPI to work towards a successful career. I will join Cisco Systems in Jan 2013 as a Full-Time Software Engineer. As an MS IT student at RPI, I had multiple job offers from renowned companies located both in East Coast and West Coast. I selected the job which best matched my interests and skills.
Teaching Assistant at Computer Science Department, RPI – August 2011 - May 2012