Nicholas B.

Senior, BS in Computer Science

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.

Nicholas Bradford
Hometown

Reading, MA

Faculty Mentor

Carolina Ruiz, Computer Science

Achievements
  • 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
Interests
  • Club Soccer
  • Tech Entrepreneurs
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society
  • Student Government Association
  • Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity
8:00am

Make pancakes for breakfast, and then meet one of my advisors near campus for coffee.

10:00am

Attend a lecture for Software Engineering in Fuller Labs.

12:00pm

Lunch meeting with my project group in the Campus Center.

1:00pm

Switching between homework and side research in the newly renovated Gordon Library.

5:00pm

In the evenings, I usually have an Investing Association general body meeting and club soccer practice.

10:00pm

Chill!

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