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Graduate Student Profile - Current Student

Name: Karthik Abimanyu
Hometown: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Prior Study: B.E, Electrical and Electronics, CEG, Anna University
Degree Sought: MS Information Technology
Concentration: Human Computer Interaction
Department: Information Technology and Web Science
Year of Graduation: 2013
Current Position: Teaching Assistant in Department of ITWS

Why did you choose to enroll at Rensselaer?
Rensselaer is one of the top rated Technical Universities. I chose to enroll at Rensselaer, especially the MS in IT program, because of the flexibility offered by program and also the opportunities available for being a part of real world projects during the course of the program. 

What are some benefits of being part of the Graduate Community at Rensselaer?
 As a part of Graduate community at Rensselaer, the opportunities available for networking with accomplished people are endless. These networking opportunities act as an impetus for exchange of information about different disciplines at Rensselaer and the research opportunities available. The Graduate Community acts as a platform for Social interaction as well.

What would you tell a prospective student about choosing Rensselaer?
Rensselaer's Graduate program is top notch and the opportunities available for all round development are endless. The research projects and courses are at the cutting edge and hands on and make the transition to the real world much smoother. If you have chosen the right program aligned with your interests, then there is no reason to think twice about choosing Rensselaer.

Describe your graduate project and its purpose/applications?
For my Master’s project I was working on a cross platform Task Management Application along with two other ITWS Graduate students. We developed different versions of the application for different Mobile platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone) and Web. By doing this project as a part of the IT Capstone course, I was able to acquire the technical aspects of developing a consumer facing product and also was able to incorporate Strategy, Systems Development and Business planning to make it a commercially viable product as well.

What are your plans following graduation?
I want to work as a Web/Mobile Application developer at a Software company in Silicon valley for a couple of years before starting up on my own. Right now I have an offer from Cisco Systems thanks to the excellent relationship that Rensselaer has with Cisco.

What are your hobbies/interests/special talents?
My interests are Graphic Design, Photography, Mobile App Development, Sketching and reading Tech. Blogs.

List Information about your background and accomplishments in College and Work Experience
My LinkedIn profile lists my Background and Accomplishments.
www.linkedin.com/in/karthik0abimanyu/

Awards/Scholarships
TA in ITWS Spring and Fall 2013

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