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Name: Elisa Bellagamba  

Current Job (2012): Portfolio Strategy Manager in Ericsson, Stockholm  

Quote: “What you study in Pisa is never idle speculation on obsolete subjects. It is instead a valuable training to become leading actors in future technologies.”  

Study Title: MSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa, 2006 (summa cum laude)  

Full Story: The Computer Engineering Program of the University of Pisa offers an excellent preparation, comparable to that of the topmost world universities. I can say that after interacting with colleagues and professionals from all around the world, working in research, standardization, or telecom business.

Majoring in Pisa is not a piece of cake: each single exam requires a very deep understanding. A good deal of self-organization is also required to keep pace with all the subjects. I did my MSc thesis at Nokia Research Center, Helsinki. I found myself in a multicultural scenario, where the formulas that I developed took life with the contribution of a famous international firm. That experience really changed my life: from that moment on, I just couldn’t stop. Once I got my degree, not only was I presented with a wealth of job offers, but I was ready to interact with my colleagues practically in no time. I immediately got in the heart of the matter of the most important activities, where I was able to give a relevant contribution without lengthy training on the job. Just to make an example: after six months I was already involved in discussion with the leading world experts on IP standards, and after six more months I had my name beside theirs on the RFCs. What you study in Pisa is never idle speculation on obsolete subjects. It is instead a valuable training to become leading actors in future technologies.

I now hold the position of Portfolio Strategy Manager at Ericsson, Stockholm. I design the strategies for future Ericsson products of the IP and Broadband portfolio. My job allows me to range from technological innovation to market analysis, from standardization to problems related to product release and lifecycle. This is a big responsibility. All this was made possible also thanks to the scientific renown of my professors and of my university, which paved the way for the career I dreamed of.

 

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Name: Alessio Di Sandro

  

Current Job (2012): Researcher at the Computer Science Department of the University of Toronto, Canada

  

Quote: “I don’t know what I will be doing one year from now. However, given everything we’ve been taught, the future does not worry me at all.”  

Study Title: MSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa, 2009 (summa cum laude)  

Full Story:  I can only sing the praises of the Computer Engineering program; I haven’t ever had problems finding a job, either in Italy or abroad.

I did my MSc thesis at Ericsson Research labs in Stockholm, on Metropolitan Ethernet networks. After majoring I had not a clear idea of what I would like to do or where to work, so I took to making as many experiences as possible, relying on the very good preparation that I had received. I won a research scholarship on software engineering at the CNR in Pisa. During my stay there, I received many offers from local and abroad industries, and sat for several interviews with those that I thought were the best ones. In October 2010 I left for Sydney, where I was hired as a freelancer by a consulting firm that developed web-based applications for sales and inventory. In January 2012 I left for Toronto. I applied for and won a research scholarship at the University of Toronto, with the software engineering group.

I don’t know what I will be doing one year from now. However, given everything we’ve been taught, the future does not worry me at all. The skills that have been most appreciated are practical ones: with all the term projects that we have done, we are perfectly capable of getting to grips with someone else’s code, projects or architectures, so as to personalize and improve them.

 

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Name: Daniele Giannetti

  

Current Job (2012): Software Engineer at Havok, Dublin, Irland

  

Quote: “The Computer Engineering program gives you a strong technology basis on various aspects of computer systems. I chose it because I wanted to understand and explore computer systems in all their facets”  

Study Title: MSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa, 2010 (summa cum laude)  

Full Story:  I majored in Computer Engineering more out of passion rather than for the sake of getting a job afterwards. Nevertheless, the number of jobs that I was offered after majoring (and after getting my BSc as well) was impressive. Since the start of my university program, my professional goal has always been to work for the game industry, because I like both computer games and the technology challenges that they pose. The Computer Engineering program gives you a solid basis on various aspects of computer systems. I chose it because I wanted to understand and explore computer systems in all their facets (computer networks, industrial informatics, databases, control theory, software engineering, etc.).
I did my MSc thesis at the PERCRO lab of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, and I worked there on Virtual Reality for six more months. In July 2011 I got a job as a software engineer at Havok, Dublin. Havok is the world leader in engines for computer games, a fame earned with the Havok Physics engine for real-time simulation of virtual objects (used within Skyrim, Assassin Creed, etc.). I take care of the infrastructure of our products on several platforms (PC, Xbox, PS3, etc.). My work is appreciated within Havok, and I am completely satisfied with my job.
In my everyday work I only use a subset of what I learned during the Computer Engineering program: programming skills are essential in my case, including concurrent and distributed programming; networking concepts are useful, as are computer architecture fundamentals. The expertise acquired while majoring on these subjects is a solid basis that one can easily extend in the necessary directions. I sometimes marvel at how narrowband the preparation of some of my colleagues is by comparison, limited as it is to one specific field of interest. 

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Name: Generoso Pagano

  

Current Job (2012): R&D Engineer at INRIA, Grenoble, France

  

Quote: “My studies provided me with a solid knowledge base. More to the point, they allowed me to develop an effective approach to problem solving.”  

Study Title: MSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa, 2011 (summa cum laude)  

Full Story: I work as an R&D Engineer at INRIA, Grenoble, France. INRIA is a French national research institute on informatics and automation, and it works at close contact with both university and major industries. More specifically, at the moment I am working within the SoC-Trace project, whose goal is designing and implementing an open source management trace infrastructure for embedded systems. One of the major project partners is STMicroelectronics. Before joining INRIA, I worked as a software Engineer at Evidence S.r.l., Pisa, a spin-off of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, whose core business is application and embedded systems software.
After graduating, I found a job very quickly. I received many offers, also thanks to the job placement service of the University of Pisa, and sat for several job interviews, with positive outcomes. The decision to study Computer Engineering in Pisa, originated by my own interest in and passion for informatics, proved to be a good one also in a career perspective. My studies provided me with a solid knowledge base. More to the point, they allowed me to develop an effective approach to problem solving.

 

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Name: Alessio Botta

  

Current Job (2012): Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company Business Technology Office, Italy

  

Quote: “At the Engineering college I learnt how to deal with two key elements of my current job: analytical approach to problem solving and teamwork.”  

Study Title: MSc in "Computer Engineering for Enterprise Management" from the University of Pisa, 2004 (summa cum laude), PhD in "Computer Science & Engineering" from I.M.T., Lucca, 2008  

Full Story:  Just after I got my Ph.D. (three years since the M.Sc. degree in Pisa), I joined McKinsey as top management consultant. Since then, I have mostly worked for top global and European financial institutions.
At the Engineering college I learnt how to deal with two key elements of my current job: analytical approach to problem solving and teamwork.
The development of these capabilities has been driven both by the rigorous scientific and teaching approach applied by the Faculty since the very beginning of the B.Sc. and by the opportunity to jointly work with fellow students in several projects, whose end quality has often proven to be extremely professional.

 

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