Institute for Computer Research, Software Engineering, Computer Science Club present an industry seminar
Making it big in software: get the job, work the org, become great.
Founder of MakingItBigCareers.com and Program Director and Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM, Toronto Lab
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Math & Computer, MC 4021, University of Waterloo
You've studied programming, operating systems, databases, and even wrapped your head around NP completeness. What will it all mean when you get into the working world? Will good grades in school translate to success in the business world? What makes some people more successful than others in corporate America? Learn the inside scoop in this talk about landing your next job as a software professional, making successful project proposals, driving innovation, honing your leadership skills, and making it to the top. Guaranteed to be one of the most meaningful discussions about your professional career that you'll hear before graduating.
Sam Lightstone is author of "Making it Big in Software: Get the job. Work the org. Become great.", and the founder of MakingItBigCareers.com. He is also Program Director and Senior Technical Staff Member with IBM's Software Group, where he works on product strategy and R&D for one of the world's largest software engineering teams. Sam is a public speaker, author, and inventor of over 30 filed patents, who still spends a good part of his professional time recruiting and mentoring software engineers. Sam has presented to dozens of Fortune 500 companies, industrial and scientific conferences, and major universities on topics related to careers, technology trends, and emerging research needs. Sam has been quoted in eWeek, InformationWeek, InfoWorld, and the MIT Technology Review. His management career has spanned from small high-performance applied research teams up to large-scale projects with more than 200 staff across multiple geographies.
Sam is the founder of the IEEE Data Engineering Workgroup on Self Managing Database Systems and a member of the International Advisory Committee of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Autonomous and Autonomic Computing Systems. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen's University and a Master of Computer Science & Software Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
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