Brian GormanlyHopewell Junction, NY
Academic SchoolComputer Science and Math
Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist?
A few years after finishing my undergraduate degree in Computer Science I realized pursuing a masters in computer science would help position me better to pursue opportunities that were more in line with my interests. I personally enjoyed more research driven opportunities, and knew having a master’s degree would play a large role in enabling me to achieve that vision of my future.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development.
I took a course in robotics, which had a profound effect on my career direction. The main class project involved creating a pair of robots that had to work together to complete a task. A large part of the effort was centered around enabling the robots to navigate their environment. The work I did on the robots navigation algorithm was later reused and expanded in my career as an indoor navigation and locating algorithm.
How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career?
When I decided to pursue a Masters in Computer Science, Marist was my top choice. My family has strong ties locally in the Hudson valley, and my wife and I were raising two young children and working full time. I did not want to compromise the quality of my education because of these challenges and Marist’s Computer Science program was very highly regarded. I graduated feeling that I had achieved my goal of getting a full graduate level educational experience while being able to continue my full time work and spend time with my family.