Name:
Kerala Brendon

Program:
Computer Science

Degree you are studying toward:
Honours Bachelor of Applied Science

Expected year of graduation:
2019

Institution:
McMaster University

Email:
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Fun Facts About Me

If your best friend had to describe you in 10 words or less, what would they say?:
Highly motivated, experienced, and enthusiastic about my passions.

Share one fun fact about yourself:
I love to play the Cello! I've been playing cello since Grade 8, and I find music a great way to take a break from school. Just this past year I played in the McMaster Chamber Orchestra, McMaster Musical Theatre's pit band and the James Street North Chamber Ensemble. I also had the opportunity to play in McMaster's Engineering Musical, which is written and directed completely by engineering students! This fall I will be playing in the pit band for a community theatre production. Playing music is a lot of fun, a great way to meet new people and a satisfying when you progress on your instrument.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 10 years?:
In the next 10 years I hope to have achieved a Masters Degree, either a Masters of Applied Science or an MBA (or both?). I really enjoy school and know that I would like to go further than a Bachelors degree. I also hope to have begun working in either the Game Development field or something related to Human Computer Interaction and Data Visualization, as these are my greatest interests in the fields. Outside of work and school I would hope to continue volunteering and mentoring as an alumnus, and continue playing music and hockey.

The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........?:
The most inspiring engineer I know of would be Julie Payette. I find her inspiring because even with all her schooling, training and accomplishments in the technological world, she has pursued other interests, such as singing, piano and learning new languages. She is now the Governor General Designate, and will be in a fantastic position to encourage women and girls to pursue interests in STEM.

Profile Questions

Why did you choose your program of study?:
When I was in High School I flipped from one career path to the other- I was interested in too many things! I ended up taking a Computer Science class in High School, and really liked it! I decided that out of all the things I wanted to do, computer science was the best fit. There are so many diverse paths to take in this field, from very technical roles, to design and leadership. It also is a very creative field, as you get to design software products and how they will work. Another reason why Computer Science was such a great choice for me is that I love puzzles, and programming is like solving a puzzle.

What has been your favourite course (in Engineering) and why?:
My favourite course so far would have to be Game Design. I really loved this course because there was lots of creative freedom. Throughout the course we would work on making our own video game, and learn about not only the technical side of video games, but also how they entertain. I came out of this course with a new appreciation for this form of entertainment and a sense of accomplishment because I made a whole game by myself.

What has been the best part of your Engineering education to date?:
My favourite part of my engineering education has been meeting like-minded people who are curious and love to solve problems. I have had the opportunity to be very involved in the Engineering Faculty and Society at McMaster as a Welcome Week rep and the President of the Computer Science society. These opportunities allowed me to meet many other outgoing and exciting engineers who have become some of my best friends. I also was able to develop my soft skills, like leadership and communication in these positions.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?:
This is always the toughest question to answer. I'm frequently flipping between wanting to go to Graduate School, and wanting to enter the workforce. I think I'd really enjoy the opportunity to become specialized in an area of interest, such as Human-Computer Interaction, and Graduate School would be a great opportunity to pursue that. On the other hand, I really enjoy the fast paced and social environment of the workforce. Even with all this uncertainty, I know whichever way I chose will be beneficial to my career and personal growth.