Friday, May 16, 2014

LITS Student Employee Profile: Monica Chelliah on the LITS Web Team!

When Monica Chelliah joined the LITS Web Team she had programming experience not only from her Computer Science studies but also from her role as a student researcher in Professor Maria Gomez's computational chemistry group. As it turned out, even her web work turned out to have a connection to the science buildings.

This weekend Monica will be graduating from Mount Holyoke. Congratulations to Monica, to our other departing LITS seniors, and to all the 2014 Mount Holyoke College graduates!


Name:
Monica Chelliah

Class Year:
2014

Major/Minor:
Double Major in Chemistry and Computer Science

Student Employee Position:
Web Programmer

When did you start working for the LITS Web Team?
September 2012

How did you hear about the position, and why were you interested?
I came across the job listing on JobX, and it immediately caught my interest since I wanted a position where I would obtain skills that complemented my computer science major. Plus it seemed the most challenging and fun.

What is your favorite LITS Web project thus far? Least favorite?
My favorite LITS Web project has to be the Science Webcam viewer where I put together a small application that lapses through a sequence of images taken five minutes apart over 10 years. It shows Kendade being built minute by minute, which is really cool!

How do you think this position has helped your professional development?
This position definitely gave me an opportunity to see how a real web development team would function and I have learnt several skills that I otherwise would have not.

Career goals?
As of now, I am heading to graduate school at UMass for Computer Science.

Favorite class at MHC?
My favorite course has to be Data Structures with visiting Prof. Christopher Andrews. It was also the most challenging class I have taken but I enjoyed the coding projects immensely.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Emily Silverman '81 Student Prize Winner!


LITS would like to congratulate Varsha Manoj, class of 2016, on her outstanding submission to the Emily Silverman '81 Student Prize competition.  Varsha's pieces are being prepared to hang on the wall near the New Book area of the 4th floor hallway in Williston... look for them soon!


Thanks to everyone who submitted entries and to the donor of the prize, Emily Silverman '81, for her continued generosity in furthering the intersection of art and ideas in the Library.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

LITS Student Employee Profile: Aysha Mehjabeen on the LITS Web Team!

Web programmer Aysha Mehjabeen is a Mount Holyoke College senior, but after she graduates this May she'll be continuing at UMass to earn a second bachelor's in the Dual-Degree Engineering program. Since 2011 Aysha has supplemented her computer science and computer systems engineering studies with web application programming on the LITS Web Team, and we asked her a few questions about her experience.


Name:
Aysha Mehjabeen

Hometown:
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Class Year:
2014

Major/Minor:
Majors: Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering (at UMass)
Minor: Physics

Student Employee Position:
Web Programmer

When did you start working for the LITS Web Team?
Fall 2011

How did you hear about the position, and why were you interested?
I saw this position listed on JobX and decided to apply, because it seemed like a great match for the kind of technical work I wanted to get involved in. It looked to be a promising opportunity to apply my programming skills and learn new ones.

What is your favorite LITS Web project thus far? Least favorite?
My favorite would be my most recent project, where I designed and coded a Drupal module that retrieves relevant information from the website database. My least favorite would be one of my earlier projects, where I had to manually migrate a large amount of content (academic department and faculty profiles) from the old MHC website to the current one.

How do you think this position has helped your professional development?
This position allowed me the opportunity to work independently and collaboratively on real projects in a professional environment. I also gained many marketable technical skills and experience with current web technologies. These qualities attract potential employers and help to start meaningful conversations with recruiters.

What are your career goals?
I plan to work in software or back-end web development. This summer, I will be working as a software engineering intern, and will return to UMass in the fall to finish my fifth year in the dual degree engineering program.

Favorite class at MHC?
Artificial Intelligence—This subject itself is interesting (and controversial), but I enjoyed this class mostly for being able to work in groups on fun, complex robotics projects.