By Cesar Cardenas Ruiz (Virginia Tech)
PEARC22 in Boston was the first time I have attended a high-tech conference. I’m not a computer scientist or researcher – I’m in a different engineering field. However, I realized a long time ago that it is important and necessary to learn about data science and analytics. I have a strong interest in high performance computing (HPC), and significant experience with scientific simulation. I was eager to learn all that I could.
I attended talks where I learned about recent and novel developments in the field. Industry representatives participated in the student program speed networking event. I spoke with a representative from a national laboratory about my PhD research, and we discussed lab employment and research opportunities. They have a quantum computing summer school which I didn’t know existed! I will definitely apply when the opportunity arises.
The PEARC22 Student Program was designed to help with career development. The resume clinic and “Pitch It” workshop were timely for all who are within view of graduation. I gathered tips to apply during job interviews. It was helpful to get feedback from experienced hiring managers. Pitching to national lab staff was especially useful – I talked with them extensively about my background, experience and research goals.
This was my first time visiting Boston – a truly wonderful city with great public transportation and many attractions. The Boston Park Plaza was comfortable and conveniently located.
PEARC was a great place to network. By meeting so many from the industry, I got a feel for how the it works. During meals – especially the mentor-protégé dinner – I got to know fellow students and mentors from many different backgrounds and with varied interests. Widodo Samyono (Jarvis Christian College) was assigned to be my mentor. He, and everyone else, was helpful and friendly.
I recommend PEARC to all students who hope to learn more about this wonderful community of practice. If I have the chance to apply again, I certainly will!