Student Spotlight

Andrew Aronow

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Where are you from?

Cincinnati, OH. St. Xavier High School; a common follow-up for any fellow Cincinnatians.

What unique perspective do you bring to the MS-IS Program at UC?

With my undergraduate degree in physics and seven semesters of assisting a physics class, I am enthusiastic about, and well-practiced in, explaining technical topics to varying audiences. Additionally, my work experience in the financial services industry provided great practice in hearing, within a client's initial request, the deeper business need they were really looking to solve. I also enjoy drumming, though I've yet to get a band together of other graduate students—adding that to the to-do list.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

Get to know your professors. You have access to leading researchers and experienced industry professionals who are sincerely excited to help you learn and grow.

What industry do you hope to start working in upon graduation?

Consulting, either in IT specifically or in a broader, strategic sense.

Anupriya Kushwanshi

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Where are you from?

I’m from India. I was born in East India but I have studied and worked in Central and South Indian states.

What unique perspective do you bring to the MS-IS Program at UC?

I represent a group of people having varied life experiences. I have stayed in four culturally different states in my country that each had their own language, cuisine and culture. As an MS-IS ambassador I am working toward filling the gap between academic cultures and beyond by guiding incoming students.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

Know where would you like to see yourself after the program. Choose your subjects wisely. Remember that seniors are always there to help. Network with people beyond your program and enjoy the beautiful fall and winter seasons here!

What industry do you hope to start working in upon graduation?

I would love to work as a data analyst. UC has great analytics courses and I’m excited for my spring semester when I get to study all my elective subjects.

Jaydeep Salian

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Where are you from?

I am from Mumbai, India, which is why I love the hustle and bustle of fast-paced city life.

What unique perspective do you bring to the MS-IS Program at UC?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a variety of diverse life experiences. Mumbai is a multicultural city; people from all over India have migrated there. So I’ve grown up with a large and heterogeneous collection of people, absorbing different cultures and learning five languages and dialects on the way. I completed my undergraduate degree in Melbourne, Australia, where again I met a culturally diverse population, but this time on a global scale. These experiences have helped me in my professional life, where I worked as an SAP consultant, and I've learned to collaborate with many people with different characteristics

What advice would you give to prospective students?

I’d say give a lot of thought to where you want to be at the end of the program. Talk to our faculty and alumni about your interests and choose your courses wisely. UC has amazing resources that you absolutely should leverage. The program is very intensive but absolutely worth it. And last but not least, have fun!

What industry do you hope to start working in upon graduation?

I hope to continue my journey in ERP. I believe my technical skill,s along with the business acumen I’m gaining in this program, with hold me in good stead.

Harsh Shah

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Where are you from?

I come from the city of dreams in India, Mumbai. I lived there for the first 25 years of my life before moving to Cincinnati for my master's.

Why did you choose UC for your MS-IS?

With my bachelor's in IT and industry experience of close to three years, I wanted to enhance my technical skills, get some management skills, and get back to the IT industry quickly. The MS-IS program at UC is a perfect amalgamation of everything I wanted. I was exposed to disruptive technologies in machine learning, along with core management concepts in finance, accounting, and marketing. I got back to the IT industry quickly, within ten months of starting the program.

What unique perspective do you bring to the MS-IS Program at UC?

I think I bring rich experience in platform-agnostic software development, exposure to product development from scratch-to-end, lots of academic leadership experience, a positive and friendly attitude, and the enthusiasm to always learn more.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

This is a fast-paced program. Each course is just seven weeks long, with substantial coursework, individual and group projects, assignments, and classes four hours per week. Time management is a key factor to excel in this program. I would also advise potential students to have relevant work experience, as that really helps in getting co-ops and internships.

What industry do you hope to start working in upon graduation?

I am not focusing on a specific industry, market or domain. I am an experienced software developer who can analyze data. IT products and services are needed in every industry and I wish to work in an environment where I can simplify complex processes, improve productivity and make a difference in everyone's lives.

Kinjal Shah

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Where are you from?

I am from Surat, famously known as the textile and diamond city of India. However, I spent seven years working in Mumbai (Bombay), the financial and entertainment capital of India.

What unique perspective do you bring to the MS-IS Program at UC?

I have an undergrad degree in information technology and about eight years of experience in the IT Industry working in various roles: data analyst, SAP consultant, and SQL and web developer. This enriching experience has enabled me to understand the in-depth functioning of IT industry and its ever-changing technological needs. With my diverse experiences, I can better relate to different topics covered in this program and understand their industry applications.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

Be mindful of your future goals and understand how this program will help you achieve them. There will be multiple opportunities to learn and grow, as long as you demonstrate proactiveness and enthusiasm. This program is quite vast, but it is totally worth the time and efforts if you focus your energy correctly.

What industry do you hope to start working in upon graduation?

I am passionate about data analytics and data science. The MS-IS program along with the data science certificate has given me big head start in this area and I plan to pursue a career in this field upon graduation.