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Angie Beasley

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Software Engineer @ Applied Research Labs at The University of Texas

I write software for submarine and surface ship sonar systems. I create GUIs that are used by Navy sonar operators, and code some of the algorithms that are used to process and display sonar data. The software I work on runs on every submarine and surface ship in the US Navy fleet.

How I Got Here

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Undergraduate Degree(s): Computer Science
Graduate degree(s): MS in Computer Science. I was lucky enough to work for a company that paid for my master's degree, so I took evening classes after work and finished in 2 years (2 classes per semester, with summer semesters). Don't be afraid to go back to school while wor
Changing majors:

I actually started out in the Communications school. The second semester of my freshman year, I was looking for one additional class to take, something fun/interesting, just to fill my schedule, and I signed up for a programming class for non-comp-sci majors. I'd never programmed in my life and I really had no clue what programming even was. I ended up finding the class so interesting that I changed my major to Computer Science the next semester!

Moving from college to career:

I got my first job out of college through the on-campus interviews at UT. I interviewed with several different companies and chose to work on submarine sonar systems because it sounded the most exciting.

The Ups and Downs

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Pros: Getting to work on really cool stuff! Submarines and ships are pretty cool. I've also gotten to work on Unmanned Underwater Vehicles. The work environment is very laid-back and casual. We can wear jeans and flip-flops every day. And my coworkers are all really smart. It's inspiring to work with intelligent and driven people every day.

Cons: A lot of sitting in front of a computer screen. But, I am a software engineer - what did I expect?!

Recommendations

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