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SURESH KALATHUR: Hi, I’m Suresh Kalathur, I’m an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Metropolitan College, and also the Director of Analytics Programs at Metropolitan College.
My main areas of expertise are programming languages and analytics.
After my graduation I was working in the industry as a software engineer, so my advisor at the graduate school invited me to teach a course in Java programming while he was on sabbatical.
So there was a class of 150 undergraduate students, so I after I did the course, it gave me confidence that I could do the teaching part, and then I came to Boston University Metropolitan College and started teaching courses, especially in programming languages and compiler design.
In the current landscape, so everybody is using the data, and they want to analyze the data and see what is happening in the data, so that gave rise to a lot of positions which deal directly with the data analytics.
So my passion is to teach students anything new that I learn myself, and also I try to incorporate them into the classwork.
For the Foundations of Analytics, I ask the students to pick their own data sets and do the projects, and students have developed really interesting projects. It could be weather data or exercise data depending upon their passion.
As long as you import new techniques and new methods for the students, they are always passionate about learning something new, and then they sign up for all the new courses, and then they explore them and apply them in the real world as well.
ROBERT SCHUDY: I’m Bob Schudy, I’m an Associate Professor. I’m the Director of the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems Program.
I have many areas of expertise. I’ve been doing research and development in computer science and artificial intelligence and online learning for four decades.
I’ve been teaching, even when I was in industry doing research, I was often teaching advanced technologies.
Computer Information Systems is exciting. It’s revolutionizing the world, every aspect of it.
Data is really important. And managing that data is both complex, rapidly evolving, and the essence of most businesses today, most government, education, everything else. It’s at the center of everything.
Having been a CEO and an executive at many companies, including startups, I have a deep background in computer science and information technology, but also lots of management experience at all levels.
My main passion these days is online education. And what drives that passion is helping students learn.
When a student tells me that they learned something in my class that helped them in their job, or woke them up to something in their lives to, I teach them more than just technology, or teach them management tricks that they can use that help them, that’s a really big thing for me. Thats the reason I teach.
One of the magic parts of my job is that I get paid for helping people realize their dreams. That’s a real good job description.
ANDREW WOLFE: I’m Andrew Wolfe and I’m a lecturer at the Metropolitan College Department of Computer Science and I’m also the faculty coordinator for the online MS in Computer Information Systems program.
My area of expertise is primarily database management, big data type of subjects, but I also do a lot with information security.
I began with my career in database management-type work in defense contracting.
After a few years, I left defense contracting and went into consulting and then into software application development.
I’ve been teaching part-time at MET for six or seven years now, I began with the online program.
Since I went full-time, I am seeing how often and how good the faculty is to the students. And that is something that I am very happy to be a part of.
We’re bringing the online student, we’re bringing the part-time student, we’re bringing the career changer, all of Boston University, top-tier university quality that we can get them.