Krishnapavan Pinnamaneni“Keep working hard with dedication.”

Krishnapavan Pinnamaneni - India
Major: Computer Science
2014

I chose USD because it is well known for its computer science major. When I thought of transfering from another university, I found USD to be a better option.

My most inspiring professor was Doug Goodman. He motivated and helped me finish my major and encouraged me while I was working as a teaching assistant. The teaching assistant role improved my teaching skills and helped me become a software engineer.

My favorite part about USD was how friendly the atmosphere and staff were in the Computer Science Department.

As alumni of USD, my best advice to you is to keep working hard with dedication.


Kenn Pike“Get experience while you're in school.”

Kenn Pike - Sioux Falls, SD
Major: Computer Science
2013

I chose USD because I really enjoyed the size of the campus. It was easy to get anywhere you wanted to be by bike in a matter of 5-10 minutes. I chose to pursue a master’s degree in computer science because the job availability after graduating would be great.

My most inspiring professor was Doug Goodman. At first I did not like his teaching method because it was very difficult however, through my years at USD, I never learned more in any other class than I did in his classes because of the difficulty. He was always willing to sit down and help you with assignments or explain things to you until you understood them. In retrospect, I miss attending those classes.

In addition to my studies, I was involved in an assistantship with Carol Lushbough which helped me learn web programming.

Currently I am a production support/development I for Metapayment Systems, a division of Metabank in Sioux Falls, SD. I work in application support and do some development as well.

As alumni of USD, my best advice to you is to get experience while you're in school. Get an assistantship, internship or a summer programming job. If you're looking to get a job in the Sioux Falls or surrounding area, you're going to need years of experience, or a good reference from someone who already works in a company. I found it difficult to get a job because every place hiring wanted 2-3 years of experience. If you start getting that experience right away while you're in school, it will definitely help make your life easier when you graduate.


Shuai Li“Get involved in student organizations.”

Shuai (David) Li - Shenyang, China
Major: Computer Science
2014

I chose USD because it's the flagship of South Dakota with reasonable tuition rates.

My most inspiring class was Algorithms and Data Structures because it taught me how to systematically solve algorithm problems. I built a lot of confidence from this class which I continue to use today as a software engineer for Aehr Test Systems in California.

My favorite part about USD was joining Phi Delta Theta fraternity. I made a lot of friends and learned a lot about U.S. culture. I was the historian for Phi Delta Theta, in which I was the first international student holding a position within my fraternity. At the same time I kept a 3.92 GPA. I hope my experience can influence other international students to get involved in USD organizations.

As alumni of USD, my best advice to you is to get involved in student organizations and at the same time keep a decent GPA.


William Conn“The small class sizes allow personalized attention to the students.”

William J Conn - Volin, SD
Major: Computer Science
2014

I chose USD because of its close proximity from where I live and it offered a major that satisfied my lifelong love of computers and science.

My most inspiring class was Software Engineering. It shows you how sofware development is done in the workplace and you get to create an working website with a team.

In addition to my studies, I had the opportunity to have an internship with the Bioinformatics team.

My favorite part about USD is it has a friendly, open atmosphere in the Computer Science Department and you can get personal help from the instructors. The small class sizes allow personalized attention to the students.

As alumni of USD, my best advice to you is don't overlook USD. It has some great opportunities for students and they are improving the department every year. Just recently a new employer moved into the area and will be looking for new interns and graduates in the next several years.