Each week we spotlight an OMSCS TA, so you can get to know who's behind the screen. Here are four questions for Matthew Hull, who TAs CSE 6242: Data and Visual Analytics.
What do you do professionally?
I work in the aviation industry and have held positions as a data scientist, pilot, and instructor. My data science position was within in an airline pilot training department where we used pilot performance data and skills analysis to inform and continuously improve the ground and flight simulator training. This data-driven program paradigm, known as an advanced qualification program, is an airline industry standard encouraged by the Federal Aviation Administration. Currently, I am a pilot for FedEx Express based in Cologne, Germany.
Why do you TA for OMSCS?
My industry experience motivated me to pursue a TA position for Data Visualization and Analytics (CSE 6242) after I completed the course in the OMSCS. I have been working as a TA for this class since Spring of 2018. I love this opportunity because it is one of my favorite classes in the program, and it affords me the opportunity to stay involved in the field as well as collaborate and work with students who are interested in the breadth of technologies that they are exposed to in our course.
What’s your advice for future students in OMSCS?
As someone who came from a non-CS background, I advise future students to make sure that they are aware of knowledge gaps before they enroll in a class. There may be some pre-study that you need to complete before diving in to the difficult courses! There’s nothing wrong with starting the program with one course per semester and easing into it. Also, find time for family and friends. Having someone to support you during this program is very important! At the same time, be open to making new friendships and acquaintances while you study. There will be opportunities to make lasting connections.
What’s your favorite memory from your time with OMSCS so far?
Professor Alex Orso invited anyone in Atlanta to an in-person office hour for Software Development Process on the Georgia Tech campus. I was living in Atlanta at the time, and I really enjoyed taking the time to put faces with names!