SCS-ECE Emigration Seminar

Monday, November 30, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Reddy Conference Room 4405 Gates & Hillman Centers


NIRAJ TOLIA, Senior Director, Software Engineering

Reflecting upon his time at graduate school (Carnegie Mellon), industry research labs (HP, Intel), startups (Maginatics), and larger technology firms (EMC, Cisco), Dr. Niraj Tolia will give the talk he wishes he had heard before he graduated. Drawing upon his career experiences and those of others, he will talk about lessons learned that would have allowed him to accelerate his career while avoiding early career pitfalls. Using a combination of personal experience and input from his peers, he hopes this talk will benefit anyone that is looking to make a career in technology. While the talk will cover everything from industry research labs to startups, the goal is to cover the common themes that will help in whatever career you select after graduation.

Dr. Niraj Tolia runs the Maginatics engineering team within EMC that is responsible for the CloudBoost family of products. Prior to EMC’s acquisition of Maginatics, he was a founding member of the Maginatics team and played multiple roles within the company including VP of Engineering, Chief Architect, and Staff Engineer. Before Maginatics, Niraj was a Senior Researcher in the Exascale Computing Lab at HP Labs where he led research into data-intensive computing, next-generation non-volatile memories, Infrastructure-as-a-Service systems, and next-generation data centers. Niraj received his PhD, BS, and MS degrees in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Faculty Host: M Satyanarayanan
Lunch will be served: Courtesy of EMC!
The SCS-ECE Emigration Seminars are a series of lectures and discussion sessions that focus on "grooming" you so you'll be ready to conquer the real world when you finish your Ph.D. Unlike the Immigration/Orientation courses, which are held during the first few weeks of the school year, the Emigration course is spread over the academic year. The topics of interest are chosen with PhD students in mind, but grad students in SCS/ECE are welcome to attend.

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