Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Anthony Castellani ’13

Headed to the lab with a job as a software engineer

Passion in production: My upcoming position as a Software Engineer for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab is really a dream come true. The internship I had with the Lab last summer really showed me that I can have that job and enjoy my work, too. I was able to create something new and unique through software every day last summer, and I look forward to being able to do so again.

Exploratory tendencies: I didn’t know what I wanted to study before I came to Wheaton, but I figured it out pretty quickly: I chose both computer science and psychology after taking the introductory classes my first semester of freshman year. I realized that I wanted to pursue a career in software engineering because I was enjoying my computer science classes so much, and Professor Mark LeBlanc’s Artificial Intelligence course really sparked my interest in the field as a whole.

Think forward: Computer science and psychology intersect quite nicely in the field of artificial intelligence. Having an understanding of how the brain works and the process by which we learn can serve as a model for teaching a machine to learn. It helps me create new pieces of software and “sculpt” them to perfection.

Community matters: As one of two Student Government Association senators representing the Class of 2013, it’s my job to bring my class’ voice to the Senate, serve as a member of the Career Advisory Committee, and chair the Senate Housing Action Committee. Aside from serving on SHAC, I haven’t had a lot of experience with SGA in the past, but I’ve really enjoy my time as a senator and have learned a lot. It has also given me the opportunity to enhance my leadership and time-management skills.

An open road: Aside from my internship in Baltimore last summer, I haven’t been outside of New England for any extended period of time. Living in a new place is going to be a completely different experience for me, and moving down to Maryland will be an adventure. I’m more than ready for it.

By Adara Meyers ’08