After graduating from Pepperdine University with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, I started work at Novell, Inc. I now work on enterprise-class software used by millions of people every day. I came to Pepperdine knowing little about computers, and left with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a highly competitive, exciting and quick changing industry. Pepperdine provided me a unique educational environment combining faith in Christ, personable and accomplished faculty, and a wonderful location!
I work on the development team (six total) that develops Wayport's core product. I do everything from perl scripts, to C-style system programming, to distributed systems (we have –lots- of those). I have really been blessed to get such a great job that enables me to work on so many different styles of projects and I'm always thankful for the excellent preparation you and the other teachers provided!
Coming from a less than perfect public school in NY, I had no technical computer training arriving at Pepperdine. However, both in graduate school and in my work with IBM, I always felt that I had an advantage. Not only did I have the technical training, but I also knew how to communicate. Building relationships in a technical environment is critical to all engineers' and computer scientists' success. Pepperdine was the place that I developed this advantage. It was where I matured as a technologist and as an individual. I highly recommend Pepperdine for those who want to challenge themselves as Computer Scientists while developing their interpersonal skills for today's work environment.