Student Spotlight: Kevin Meyer

Name: Kevin Meyer
Degree: M.S. in Computer Engineering
Expected graduation year: 2019
Job title: Development Engineer
Company: P&E Microcomputer Systems

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up in a town 40 minutes south of Boston called Pembroke. Since college, I have lived in Boston working as a computer and electrical engineer. My interests outside engineering include painting and drawing, guitar, film, Catholicism, and Boston sports. Above all, I am attracted to good design in any discipline and strive to create—whether it be music, art, or engineering. I have three brothers, and family is a priority for me.

What made you want to explore an education in computer engineering?

I have always been intrigued by how things work, and I have always enjoyed designing and building. With this in mind, I pursued a degree in electrical engineering. My role in my senior design project was writing firmware for our embedded system. I had taken a few software classes in college, but during this project I realized that coding and designing on the full stack was where I found the most joy.

I took a job after college in embedded systems and realized I wanted to fill in the gaps from undergrad. A degree in computer engineering seemed perfect for that.

What is your academic background?

I have a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Boston University.

How are you applying what you are learning in your program?

The first class I took at Syracuse was in internet security. I have been able to directly apply this to my work designing the network aspect of my current project.

What do you plan to do after you graduate with your master’s in computer engineering?

I plan to continue working as a software engineer, but also maybe do some teaching and mentoring.

How will this degree move you closer to your long-term career goals?

This degree will fill in the gaps I was missing from undergrad and allow me to be a more educated engineer. 

Tell us about your experience collaborating with classmates in an online environment.

Syracuse has set up a great environment for collaboration with fellow students across the country. Whether it be chatting in class or writing on another student’s wall, it is seamless and easy to communicate with fellow students in the program.

What advice do you have for others considering this degree?

I have found the online delivery platform to be as effective as attending class in person. The experience is truly immersive and does not feel that different from attending class in person. The ability to pause and play lectures and watch content whenever it is convenient has allowed me to be more efficient and be able to still work a demanding full-time job.