Make pancakes for breakfast, and then meet one of my advisors near campus for coffee.
Because of WPI’s project-based curriculum and his participation in a number of internships, Nicholas feels like he is well prepared to tackle large-scale open-ended projects after graduation.
For example, as a software intern at Jacobs Technology in Nashua, NH, Nicholas extended mission planning software for the Boeing KC-46 midair refueling tanker, resulting in a useful HTML summary format for pilots. Most recently as a research intern for Quantlab Financial in Boston, Nicholas optimized, tested, and benchmarked a data processing routine for a globally deployed quantitative trading system, resulting in a computational performance gain of over 30%.
Nicholas is currently working on the computer vision component of a large team called the Autonomous Cargo Aircraft Project, which aims to create a gate-to-gate autonomous aircraft system by retrofitting an existing aircraft. After graduation, he has accepted a two-year Technology Associate role at Bridgewater Associates in Connecticut, the world's largest hedge fund.
Carolina Ruiz, Computer Science
- Getting an off-campus MQP opportunity at Microsoft in Cambridge, working with the Museum of Science in Boston to modernize their data storage and processing solution for the Hall of Human Life exhibit
- Getting elected president of the Investing Association
- Club Soccer
- Tech Entrepreneurs
- Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society
- Student Government Association
- Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity
Attend a lecture for Software Engineering in Fuller Labs.
Lunch meeting with my project group in the Campus Center.
Switching between homework and side research in the newly renovated Gordon Library.
In the evenings, I usually have an Investing Association general body meeting and club soccer practice.