Graduate Student Profile - Alumni
Name: Gino Lorenzo R. Gervasio
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Prior Study: De La Salle University Manila, Computer Science
Degree Sought: MS Information Technology
Concentration: Management Information Systems
Department: Information Technology and Web Science
Year of Graduation: 2011
Current Position: Software Engineer, Cisco Systems
Why did you choose to enroll at Rensselaer? Rensselaer offered a unique experience but I chose the university based on the following criteria. 1. Research projects - The professors and their research projects were in line with my research and professional interests, 2. Program requirements - My background was split between academic research and professional work, which was a good fit for the program, 3. Program size - The University is very selective and the class size is small, which affords us the opportunity to build stronger relationships with our professors and peers, and 4. Scholarship opportunity - During my time at RPI, I was given the opportunity to become a Teaching Assistant twice and then as a researcher at the Tetherless World Constellation.
What are some benefits of being part of the Graduate Community at Rensselaer? The academic and extra-curricular diversity was an enriching experience. The opportunity to work with intellectually driven individuals from various backgrounds and areas of expertise spanning multiple fields of research was well within reach. Aside from this, there was a plethora of extra-curricular interest groups as well. During my time at Rensselaer, I joined the RPI Ski & Snowboard Club, having never seen snowfall in my life, the Philippine American League and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
What would you tell a prospective student about choosing Rensselaer? Fit and Balance. I wanted to make sure that I was joining a reputable program that fit the criteria that I mentioned earlier. I did this by reading about the research projects coming out of the program and reaching out to the professors of the projects that I was interested in. After that, I asked the program administrators about life on campus to make sure I had the opportunity to achieve a good work-life balance.
Describe your graduate project and its purpose/applications? In our capstone class, I had the tremendous opportunity of working with a team with multiple backgrounds and areas of expertise to plan, design and build a web application for a multinational content management company. Our client was based in New York City but the company was headquartered in Paris while our team worked from Rensselaer. It was a very fast-paced yet thorough experience that enhanced our technical and management skills across geolocations - skills that are required day-to-day at my current position.
What did you decide to do after graduation? I accepted a position at Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA. and continue to learn, participate in exciting projects and help others.
What are your hobbies/interests/special talents? I like learning new things in general. Since leaving RPI, I've picked up new programming languages and frameworks that I use in and out of my day job (Python, Scala and Node.js). I'm into new sports (Surfing, Snowboarding, Running, Cycling, Sailing and Indoor Climbing). In my spare time, I like to travel to new places, help disadvantaged youths and teach drones how to play hide-and-seek with my nephews.
List Information about your background and accomplishments in College and Work Experience After graduating from De La Salle, I worked as a developer at a consulting firm that provided technical expertise for various multinational firms. On the side, I, along with 6 friends, also started greenited.ph, a not-for-profit organization that provided more accessible education for disadvantaged youths in the Philippines. It is now defunct but it is also something that I fully intend to restart someday. While at RPI, I was awarded the Founders Award of Excellence. I also served as the President of the Graduate Student Leadership of the Information Technology and Web Science Department (ITWS). During my tenure, which came at the tail end of the recovering US economy, we created many programs to ensure professional placement both for undergraduates and graduates. Since leaving Rensselaer, I have been actively participating in company hackathons and representing Cisco in lectures at my undergraduate university.
Awards/Scholarships Graduated with Honors at DLSU, Best Undergraduate Thesis at DLSU, Rensselaer Founders Award of Excellence, Teaching and Research Assistant at Rensselaer