Name: Barane Paramanathan
Program: Computer Science
University(s) / College(s) Attended: McMaster University
Education / Degree(s): Bachelor of Applied Science
Current Job Title: Data Scientist
Current Employer: Bell Canada
Fun Facts About Me
Share one fun fact about yourself: Before work, I kick box. After work, I teach dance. On the weekends, I travel.
The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........ ?: Grace hopper – she’s a butt-kicking programmer that created the first computer language complier, before technology even existed! How amazing is that!
Why did you choose to study engineering?: Honestly – I thought it sounded cool. Engineers are involved with every aspect of today's world. I dreamt of myself building a sustainable building, improving a transit system, reorganizing a corporation or designing robots for dangerous jobs. Engineering makes modern life possible.
How do you apply your engineering degree to your current career?: My immersive studies offered me a technical foundation in programming, algorithmic business analysis and modeling, paired with core business skills like interpersonal management and case analysis. I studied the design, development and analysis of software and hardware used to solve problems in a variety of business contexts. Because computers solve problems to serve people, there is a significant human side to computer science as well which I contour on a daily basis.
What do you love most about your career?: The challenges. I love coming to work and figuring things out. I have never been bored and always challenged. I am continuously learning and am confident I picked the right path.
What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?: Be curious. The best people I work with are the ones who ask the hard questions, and are not afraid of doing so.