Careers in Computing
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By Lori Cameron
For this month’s career feature, we interviewed Laura Trutoiu, a Senior Computer Scientist in Magic Leap’s Advanced Technology office in Seattle and a domain expert in virtual and mixed reality. Her research spans computer graphics, human perception, and sensing/interaction for virtual and mixed reality systems.
By Lori Cameron
For this month’s career feature, we interviewed Henry Duwe who co-authored “Bespoke Processors for Applications with Ultra-Low Area and Power Constraints," which appears in the May/June 2018 issue of IEEE Micro. Duwe is an assistant professor at Iowa State University. His research interests include computer architecture and the design and architecture of ultra-low-power computer systems suitable for Internet of Things applications.
By Lori Cameron
For this month’s career feature, we interviewed Knut Haufe who co-authored “Improving Transparency and Efficiency in IT Security Management Resourcing," which appears in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of IT Pro. Haufe is managing director and lead expert for information security management systems at PwC Cybersecurity Services.
By Lori Cameron
For this month’s career feature, we interviewed Oliver Amft who authored "How Wearable Computing Is Shaping Digital Health" in the January-March 2018 issue of IEEE Pervasive Computing. Amft is the founding director of the Chair of eHealth and mHealth at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), where, since 2017, he has been full professor.
By Lori Cameron
For this career article, we interviewed David Kotz who co-authored the article "Privacy and Security in Mobile Health: A Research Agenda" in the June 2016 issue of Computer magazine. Kotz is the Champion International Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College and serves on the US Healthcare IT Policy Committee.
By Lori Cameron
For this career article, we interviewed Jens Jelitto, who co-authored the article "Cognitive Storage for Big Data," which appears in the April 2016 issue of Computer. Jelitto is a research staff member at IBM Research—Zurich. We asked Jelitto about careers in big data.
By Lori Cameron
For this career article, we interviewed Xabier Larrucea, Annie Combelles, and John Favaro who, along with Kunal Taneja, co-authored the article “"Software Engineering for the Internet of Things," which appears in the January/February 2017 issue of IEEE Software.
By Lori Cameron
For this career article, we interviewed Bruce West, Chief Scientist Mathematics for the Army Research Office, University of Rochester. He is a senior research scientist interested in the nonlinear interactions among entities of all kinds and the types of emergent properties resulting from these interactions.
By Lori Cameron
For this career article, we interviewed Eoin Woods, chief technology officer for Endava, a global technology company that works with some of the world’s leading finance, insurance, telecommunications, media, technology, and retail companies. 
By Lori Cameron
For this career article, we interviewed Michael Swift, associate professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research covers interaction of operating systems and hardware, including devices and new processor/memory technologies.
By Lori Cameron
For this career blog, we interviewed Joanna J Bryson, a transdisciplinary researcher on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence. She is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath and an affiliate of the Princeton Center of Technology Policy.
By Lori Cameron
For this issue of ComputingEdge, we interviewed Professor Harold Thimbleby who is an international computer scientist. Thimbleby has published over 600 peer reviewed papers and been invited to speak in over 30 countries. He works on making healthcare safer—especially since error is the third biggest killer after cancer and cardiovascular disease.
By Lori Cameron
For this ComputingEdge issue, we interviewed Murray Cantor—co-founder and chief technology officer of Aptage—an agile-software-development risk management consultancy—about career opportunities in software engineering. He has developed cutting-edge ideas in software and systems development for more than 35 years. In addition to writing many articles, he is the author of two…
By Lori Cameron
We interviewed Scott Campbell, senior director of technology and an instructor at Miami University’s College of Engineering and Computing, about cloud-computing careers. Campbell was previously director of computing labs for the school’s Computer Science and Software Engineering Department.
By Lori Cameron
Florian Michahelles has run Siemens’ Web of Things research group—which investigates the application of Semantic Web technologies to the Internet of Things (IoT)—since 2013. Having worked in the fields of ubiquitous and wearable computing for more than a decade, We asked Michahelles about IoT-related careers.
By Lori Cameron
We focus on emerging technologies as they relate to an increasing popular career transition for computing professionals—the shift from industry to academia. Prior to obtaining a full professorship in information systems at California State University Fullerton, Sorel Reisman held senior management positions at IBM, Toshiba, and EMI in the US and Canada.
By Lori Cameron
We asked George Hurlburt, chief scientist at STEMCorp (a developer of autonomous networking systems), and Jeffrey Voas, computer scientist at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, about career opportunities in software engineering.
By Lori Cameron
We asked Vanderbilt University professor of computer science and computer engineering, Douglas Fisher, about career opportunities in artificial intelligence. Fisher serves as director for outreach, education, diversity, and synthesis for CompSustNet, an NSF–sponsored research network used to explore new directions in computational sustainability.
By Lori Cameron
We asked Naren Ramakrishnan—professor of engineering and director of the Discovery Analytics Center at Virginia Tech University—about big-data career opportunities. Ramakrishnan’s research interests include mining scientific datasets in domains such as systems biology, neuroscience, sustainability, and intelligence analysis.
By Lori Cameron
We asked Dan Haagman—cybersecurity entrepreneur and cofounder of NotSoSecure Global Services, a leading UK penetration-testing and hacking-training firm—about cybersecurity-related career opportunities. In early 2016, the IEEE Computer Society partnered with NotSoSecure to develop cybersecurity eLearning courses for its members.
By Lori Cameron
We asked Andy Pavlo—assistant professor of databaseology in Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Science Department—about career opportunities in emerging technology fields involving databases and data science. Pavlo’s research interests are database management systems—specifically main memory, nonrelational, and transaction-processing systems—and large-scale data analytics.
By Lori Cameron
We asked Phillip A. Laplante—professor of software engineering and co-director of the Software Engineering Group at Pennsylvania State University—about career opportunities in healthcare technology. Laplante’s research interests include real-time and embedded systems, image processing, and artificial intelligence. 
By Lori Cameron
The rapidly increasing popularity of cloud computing, smartphone technology, big data, and the Internet of Things has made cybersecurity more important than ever. There are thus many opportunities for finding jobs in the field. This month’s article features an interview with Hewlett Packard's Massimo Felici, whose research interests include supporting ICT deployments, validating engineering methodologies and understanding technological complexities throughout development life cycles and in different application domains.
By Lori Cameron
Technologies change and advance rapidly. As a result, important new technologies emerge regularly. Finding jobs in emerging fields is the focus of this month’s careers article, which features interviews with three key Hewlett Packard Labs employees: R. Stanley Williams, Sharad Singhal, and Kirk Bresniker.
By Lori Cameron
We asked Tom Suder about career opportunities in the field of wearable technology. Suder is the president and founder of Mobilegov, which provides customers with mobile services such as application development.
By Lori Cameron
Michael Tsikerdekis is an assistant professor in information and communications technology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. His research interests lie in social engineering, data mining, collaboration technologies, and social media design and development. We asked Tsikerdekis about career opportunities in the field of social networking.
By Lori Cameron
We asked Rafael Prikladnicki about career opportunities in the popular field of software engineering. Prikladnicki, whose main research areas are distributed software development and agile methodologies, is director of the Science and Technology Park at Brazil’s Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul.
By Lori Cameron
We asked Christian Esposito, associate researcher at the University of Naples Federico II about cloud-computing career opportunities. Esposito’s research interests include cloud computing, distributed systems, middleware, dependability, ubiquitous computing, and artificial intelligence.
By Lori Cameron
We asked Martin Petitclerc, senior software architect for Watson Analytics at IBM Canada, about career opportunities in the expanding field of big data. Petitclerc is an expert in areas such as matrix, relational, and hybrid online analytical processing (OLAP); the OLAP calculation engine; and advanced analysis using data mining.
We asked Jaroslaw Domaszewicz, an assistant professor in Warsaw University of Technology’s (WUT’s) Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology and its Institute of Telecommunications, about career opportunities related to the Internet of Things (IoT).
By Lori Cameron
Rakesh Verma is a professor of computer science at the University of Houston and director of its ReDAS (Reasoning and Data Analytics for Security) Laboratory. We asked Verma several questions about career opportunities in the field of cybersecurity.
By Lori Cameron
As an Intel enterprise architect and technology strategist, Enrique G. Castro-Leon knows a thing or two about computer technology careers.
   About the Author
Lori Cameron is a Senior Writer for the IEEE Computer Society and currently writes regular features for Computer magazine, Computing Edge, and the Tech News and Computing Careers websites. For over 20 years, she has been a professor of writing and literature at DeVry University, Long Beach. Lori received a master of arts in English from the California State Polytechnic University, and a bachelor of arts in writing from Indiana Wesleyan University.