Juan Diego Prado, Master in Science in Information Technology ‘12
Where are you originally from?
I’m originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela.
What are you doing now?
I’m currently working at a technology company called Two Sigma that applies a scientific method-based approach to investment management. My current position is Data Analyst, and my work includes capturing and processing massive amounts of data for thousands of different tradable instruments. I use technology to achieve goals efficiently, delivering high quality datasets and improving our internal processes. The technologies I work with every day include Unix, Java and SQL.
What are your career goals?
One of my career goals is to continue to acquire skills that will allow me to become more productive, by growing as a software developer, and learning new technologies, to make processes more scalable and more efficient. I would also like to grow as a project manager to use time and resources more efficiently towards sustainable, long-term solutions that generate value and also continue to provide outstanding customer service.
What has your UTPA graduate education done for you?
UTPA graduate education created a world of opportunities for me, gave me the chance to learn from talented professionals and faculty, and allowed me to earn the tools that enabled me to catapult my career.
How do you feel about your UTPA experience?
It was a time where I worked and studied hard, got the chance to meet talented, driven individuals, and had the opportunity to establish the goals that drive me to become a better professional. I also made life-lasting friends.
What is your best tip for success?
Go above and beyond. We can always do things the easy way to get them out of the way. Never settle for easy. Be bold, and don’t be afraid to propose changes and better ways to do things. This may seem hard or frightening at first, but the best gratification comes from going outside the comfort zone and challenging the norm.
What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
Graduate school is full of opportunities. During this time, make the most of every day, get involved, and ask any questions you have. UTPA professors enjoy passing along what they know, and they will go out of their way to teach you, especially if you prove motivated and keen to learn. How much you make of your graduate experience is up to you. Keep in mind that the choices you make today will define your career, and will set an important milestone in your life.
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