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Recruiting Success Stories

Microsoft Hires Master's Graduate for Prestigious AI Program

Representatives from Microsoft NERD (New England Research and Development Center) met Kristin Lieber at last year's Career Mixer event, where Kristin presented a poster on the impact of baseball stadiums on a city's social capital. Then a Master's student in statistics, Kristin hadn't been considering Microsoft as a potential employer until talking with them at the event, where she learned that their research team was a strong match for her mix of skills and experience. Kristin was hired into the Microsoft NERD AI Development Acceleration program this year, which she refers to as her "dream job."



Oracle hires research engineer after MS internship

Aishwarya Kamath attracted interest from Oracle at the 2016 CDS Career Mixer, where she presented a research poster on cancer detection using image classification. After seeing her presentation, Oracle offered her a summer internship working on a related project in their healthcare unit -- applying machine learning to cancer detection, in order to speed up the process and treat more patients. Oracle was so pleased with her work that they offered her a full time position upon her graduation in 2018.




Google Brain Finds Recruiting Success with UMass PhD Graduates

The Google Brain team has recruited several UMass computer science PhD graduates, including David Belanger and Arvind Neelakantan. Belanger works at the Cambridge, MA office on projects such as applying machine learning models to DNA, while Neelakantan is in the Mountain View, CA office working on models for learning-based conversational agents. Both credit their studies at UMass and their advisor, Professor Andrew McCallum, with connecting them with careers at Google Brain. When asked what advice they would give current students, Belanger suggests doing internships as a way to broaden your network and experience different styles of work. Neelakantan advises that students take some time off and deeply think about what you want to do in general, what will make you happy.