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MUM Computer Science professor's industry experience gives students an edge
by Global Good News staff writer
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15 January 2013
In an overview of the Computer Science department at Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in the USA, Dr Keith Levi and other faculty spoke about why the programme is successful and mentioned a few of its unique features.*
One of the first faculty members to speak was Dr Paul Corazza, a professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, who has his PhD from Auburn University.
Said Dr Levi, department chair, 'Dr Corazza actively publishes both as a mathematician and as a computer scientist. He has 15 years of experience working in industry as a senior software engineer. Most recently he's worked for Google and E-Trade in Silicon Valley, and previously he's worked at several large insurance companies.'
Dr Corazza also spoke about his past work. 'I had exclusively industry experience for 10 years in the insurance industry, developing software. . . . During my time here [at MUM] I've had a couple of opportunities to be out in the industry. I have worked at Google on contract a couple of times.'
This recent work in the industry also allows Dr Corazza to stay current and to pass that knowledge on to his students.
'Coming back from that experience [at Google] proved to be a valuable thing in my teaching,' Dr Corazza said. 'I get up-to-date with the latest trends, technologies, insights from the different industries that I've worked in. These are cutting-edge industries and I can bring that to the students.'
In addition, Dr Corazza said he has been on the hiring side and conducted job interviews for companies.
'I see the kinds of questions they ask, what they are looking for. I can bring that to the students and I've actually been able to play a role in helping students not only in their day-to-day job, but also in getting a job by preparing them for tough interviews.'
In his work as a mathematics professor, Dr Corazza has pursued theoretical research on the foundations of mathematics in the light of principles of Maharishi Vedic Science.
* In addition to the contribution of faculty members' professional credentials and experience toward students' progress and achievement, the Computer Science master's degree programme description notes that students also receive 'personal attention and support from professors who care deeply for their growth and fulfillment. A national study put Maharishi University of Management among the nation's top colleges in active and collaborative learning.' All faculty and students practise Transcendental Meditation, 'a simple, systematic, scientific technique for reducing stress, and increasing creativity and problem-solving abilities'.
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