Spotlight Archive

Jason Wong

February 28th, 2022

Jason Wong uses MET education daily at medical employerJason Wong Senior Applications Analyst at Boston Medical Center MS in Computer Information Systems, with a concentration in IT Project Management (MET’21) Why did you choose BU MET for your graduate studies? What set BU MET apart from other programs you were considering? As an employee of Boston Medical Center (BMC), I was partially biased to go to BU MET given existing partnership and business relationships. Aside from that and BU's prestige, the MS in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS) program, with a concentration in IT project management, was most appealing to me because it had a... More

Ryder Cobean

February 23rd, 2022

MSADA Alum Finds New Direction, Purpose and Job as Consultant thanks to BU MET Ryder Cobean Consultant, Analytics and Cognitive, Deloitte Consulting LLP MS in Applied Data Analytics (MET’21) Why did you choose BU MET for your graduate studies? Back in 2017, I was looking for a program to change things up in my career. I had done about a decade in nonprofit management and had always been the team's “accidental technologist.” I wanted to finally add a layer of hard skills to my toolbox to open up new options. Going into the program, my plan was to pivot to nonprofit information technology, and... More

Yuting Zhang

December 16th, 2021

Prof. Yuting Zhang regularly enhances cybersecurity curriculum to maintain cutting edge We’re pleased to announce that Dr. Yuting Zhang has been named Director of Cybersecurity programs. Read more about this exciting appointment. Yuting Zhang Assistant Professor, Computer Science Director, Cybersecurity PhD, Boston University; MS, BS, University of Science and Technology Beijing What is your area of expertise? As the faculty coordinator of our security program, I am interested in various areas of cybersecurity, particular mobile security and security education. In the past, I mainly focused on resource management in soft real-time systems, virtual machine systems, and internet end-systems, though my interests encompass all areas of computer systems. Please tell us about... More

Yihua Xu

December 16th, 2021

Alum’s Collaboration with BU MET Faculty Inspired Him to Pursue PhD Yihua Xu Computer Science PhD Student Illinois Institute of Technology Master of Science in Computer Science (MET’20) Tell us a little about what you’re doing now. Now I am studying for a PhD in computer science at the Illinois Institute of Technology. What led you to pursue your master’s degree at BU MET? There were several factors that led me to choose MET. First of all, the research field of Professor Shengzhi Zhang was exactly what I was interested in. That was the key point that made me transfer to BU MET from another school. For two... More

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Ge Chen

October 18th, 2021

Machine Learning’s “Infinite Creativity” Fascinates MSADA Commencement Award Winner Ge Chen Data Scientist at Sentinel Data Analytics Corporation MS in Applied Data Analytics (MET’21) What do you find most fascinating about the discipline of applied data analytics? Do you have a particular focus within the broader field? I’m very interested in machine learning, especially in deep learning. The greatest thing about machine learning is that it promotes infinite creativity. The problems tackled by machine learning can seem intuitively beyond machines. For example, playing games, translating languages and creating art have long been considered human activities. However, with tweaks from some of the most innovative minds... More

Jack Polnar

October 18th, 2021

Lecturer Brings Real-World Data Analysis Expertise to Students in Classroom Jack Polnar Lecturer, Computer Science; Data Management Specialist, Newton Public Schools MS, BS, Boston University (MET’03, MET’08) What is your area of expertise? My primary background is in relational database management, business intelligence, data analysis and systems analysis. I have worked in the industry for over 20 years with various database systems, including SQL Server, MySQL, and various BI and integration platforms utilizing standards such as XML. Day to day, I am focused on project management and team leadership within data management, where I have utilized the software development lifecycle and project management techniques taught... More

Trevor Michelson

October 18th, 2021

Excellence in Graduate Studies Award Winner and MSCS Alum Trevor Michelson Uses Data Analysis Skills From BU MET to Improve Veterans Affairs Health Services Trevor Ryan Michelson Computer Scientist, Veterans Affairs, Boston Healthcare System Master of Science in Computer Science, Concentration in Data Analytics (MET’21) What do you find most fascinating about the discipline of computer science? Do you have a particular focus within the broader field? It doesn’t take long for a person in the computer science discipline to become engulfed in some article, academic study, or research paper that provides a new perspective or possibility that builds on or alters all their experience... More

Nikki Tebaldi

July 26th, 2021

Alumna Nikki Tebaldi Wins Excellence in Graduate Studies Award for Software Development, Credits Good Organization, Faculty Support for Her Nikki Tebaldi Software Engineer, University of Massachusetts at Amherst MS in Software Development (MET’21) What do you find most fascinating about the discipline of software development? Do you have a particular focus within the broader field? I really enjoy designing and architecting software programs. I find the process of integrating different libraries, APIs, or services into a program to meet specific requirements to be quite rewarding. Through this process, I am also able to explore new concepts and technologies and find the best fit for what... More

Eric Braude

July 26th, 2021

Professor Eric Braude Relishes Collaborations with Students and Alums Eric Braude Associate Professor and Director of Digital Learning, Computer Science PhD, Columbia University; MS, University of Miami; MS, University of Illinois; BSc, University of Natal What is your area of expertise? Artificial intelligence (which includes machine learning) and software engineering. Tell us about your work—can you share any current research or recent publications? My largest project over the past two years has been with a MET team tackling software design. The Unified Modeling Language (UML), the best-known way to show software designs, turns out not to be scalable, and is not used much for realistically sized applications. More

Zhidong Wu

July 7th, 2021

Alum Zhidong Wu Wins Excellence in Graduate Studies Award for Computer Information Systems Zhidong Wu Product Development Assistant Intern MS in Computer Information Systems, Health Informatics Concentration (MET’21) What do you find most fascinating about the discipline of computer information systems? Do you have a particular focus within the broader field? My focus within the field of computer information systems is health informatics. Every morning when we turn on our phones, we start generating various types of data. Among those, health data is very important. Whether we’re looking at population health or clinical systems, they all need a massive amount of health data. With the... More