Chris Aniszczyk, BS
Degree earned at WPI:
BS, Computer Science
Degrees earned from other institutions:
MS, MBA, University of Texas at Austin
Why did you choose to attend WPI?
There were many reasons why I chose WPI but one of the main reasons was the project-based programs. I knew I’d have the opportunity to do some cool research and gain real-world experience.
How did your studies and experiences at WPI prepare you for graduate school?
I think it was my experience on my MQP project that helped the most. It involved working on a team at NASA that was dealing with distributed satellite systems. Since I pursued a business degree in grad school, teamwork was especially important, as it would be in my subsequent jobs.
Present job title and employer:
I created and manage the Open Source Office at Twitter.
How do you feel your experiences at WPI prepared you for working in your field?
It was a combination of the rigorous, but relevant, computer science program and the team work involved in getting my MQP project completed at NASA. In real life, it’s important to have high standards and get things right, as well as work effectively in a team to get things done.
How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, prepared you for facing real-world challenges in the workplace or graduate school?
Again, I think WPI’s project-based program is one of the best and unique differentiators compared to other schools. The IQP and MQP help you learn what it’s like to work in the real world where teamwork is critical in getting things accomplished. Additionally, there were a lot of opportunities to do programming, whether it was in the Game Development Club or hacking on open source projects.
Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:
- Game Development Club (GDC)
Academic or professional awards you have received:
- Top Eclipse Committer (2008)
- Top Eclipse Ambassador (2007)
- Texas Moot Corp competition Champion (2007)
If you’re an engineer by heart, WPI is definitely one of the best school to attend. In my line of industry (software), there is nothing but a shortage of software engineers, and WPI’s computer science program can arm you with the skills to land a great job when you graduate.