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Life in the software industry: one mathematician's perspective

Craig Citro, Google
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
SMI 102
Craig Citro, Google
Craig Citro, Google
As a mathematician who's made the leap to industry, I field a lot of questions about how life in industry compares to life in academia. In this (highly informal!) talk, I'll discuss what I see as the major differences, where a math background does and doesn't help, and dig into reasons why a software job might or might not be right for you. Come prepared for silly anecdotes and terrible puns; I'll also leave plenty of time for Q&A, so come prepared with questions, too.

Craig is currently a software engineer at Google here in Seattle, where he works on Google Colab. He got his PhD at UCLA in 2009, and spent a year as a postdoc in the UW Math Dept. He then took a job at Google, where he has worked on a number of interesting public-facing projects, including BigQuery, TensorFlow, and Colab.
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