Education is the most valuable asset a man could possess and one should attempt his best to continuously acquire it. These are the words which encouraged me to pursue higher education, and gave me the zeal to never stop learning.
The computer technology has been advancing at a breath-taking speed since the turn of the century. It has become a very crucial component in the lives of people as it is being used in every field of life that one can think of, ranging from healthcare to military and from study of micro-organisms to launching of satellites into the orbit. This is what makes it one of the most challenging fields as it not only meets the needs, but also helps to solve complicated problems in less time. My decision to focus on a career in Computer Science was a logical culmination of my curiosity and interest for computer from my childhood.
During my undergraduate program in Computer Science at Sree Vidyanikethan Engineering College (SVEC), I was exposed to various courses which helped me in developing a good understanding of the fundamentals. Among the subjects that I studied, Data Structures, Data Analytics, Data Mining captivated me. Additionally, I was fascinated by the concepts and techniques used in Database Management Systems. The subject was like a hide and seek game, in which the hidden data will be extracted out by using related queries. In case of the languages, I developed a great interest towards C++ and Java and gradually used them to work on my projects.
I have participated in several intra and inter collegiate coding and programming competitions. My quest for knowledge has never been confined to the course work done at the college. I did my project work on DISCOVERY OF RANKING FRAUD FOR MOBILE APPS. The main aim of doing this project is to let the users know the true ranking of the app. I also have worked on another project with the title, VISITOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. It is an application program that is used to keep log of visitors entering and exiting an institution or a community. Keeping log of visitors will help to increase the standards of security and thereby reduce the risk. While working on this project, the feedback from my project guide instilled me with confidence in regard to my programming skills. I also presented a seminar on the topic SCALABLE REAL-TIME OLAP ON CLOUD ARCHITECTURES in which a solution for retrieval of large amounts of data at a time from a database is done by using various tree structures and algorithms. To further explore the realms of the subject better I attended various guest lectures and workshops.
In order to keep myself updated on the latest developments and inventions, I have been reading journals and combining this knowledge with my innovative ideas, I prepared a paper on “Bot Net Analysis, Prevention and Detection” which won first prize at the state level survey paper presentation contest.
Apart from academia, I have organized many events such as Mohana Mantra, a national level Technical and Non-Technical Symposium hosted by SVEC for which more than 8000 students attended. Furthermore, I was one of the leading members of CETA (Computer Engineers Technical Association), a technical association for the students of CS branch, for three years. Working in groups which consisted of people from diverse backgrounds, and sometimes leading them, has nurtured my leadership and team work skills.
The interest I developed in Data Mining while attending the classes in my third year at SVEC pushed me to continue pursuing knowledge in this vast field. I followed it up by doing an internship at Cloudwick, where I got to learn and gain hands on experience on the applications of data mining in the retail industry. I learnt about the techniques and tools that are used to perform multidimensional analysis of sales based on products, regions, and customers. I worked with another intern and analyzed the effectiveness of various sales campaigns. Furthermore, I got an introductory knowledge about product recommendations and how they actually could be used effectively for the benefit of everyone involved in the business.
Currently, I am working at Wipro Limited as a project engineer since December 2016. For the major part, my work includes providing network security by making use of data mining and data analysis on a large amount of client data. During this period, I was able to apply the theoretical knowledge I had gained earlier and link up with the work that was at hand.
While it has been a great experience working on various projects for different clients, I realized that there is a lot more I have to learn in the fields of data mining and security. I understood that I could learn most efficiently when I pursued my interests in depth by studying them at a graduate school. Furthermore, It would also provide me an opportunity to further explore the fields of web development and database management. I firmly believe that the pursuit of Master’s degree in Computer Science would aid me in preparing to tackle bigger problems and thereafter help me in achieving my dreams.
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