Google Selects FAMU CS Grad For IT Residency Program

By: FAMU Email
By: FAMU Email

News Release: FAMU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumnus Dion Paul has been selected to participate in Google’s Information Technology Residency Program. The 26-month rotational program provides training on Google’s corporate infrastructure and is designed to help participants get a jump-start on their careers in technology.

While in residency, Paul will have opportunities to work with some of the most sophisticated and popular desktop and mobile operating systems, including: Windows, OS X, Linux, Chrome OS and Android. He will help Googlers from around the globe with challenging end-user support cases. Additionally, he will complete two long-term rotations – one with an operations team and one in a Google office, domestic or abroad.

According to Paul, he was offered a chance to apply for the position after meeting with a Google representative during the STARS Celebration 2013 Conference, which serves to grow a diverse, 21st century technology workforce. After successfully passing the application and interviewing process, he was selected for a position with the August 2014 cohort in New York.

Paul, a FAMU presidential scholar, says he feels that FAMU has sufficiently prepared him for the Google position.

The Trinidad and Tobago native graduated with his Bachelor of Science in electronic engineering technology (EET) in 2008 and completed his Master of Science in computer science in August 2013.

“FAMU has definitely allowed me to pursue any research interest I could possibly have,” he said. “The foundation provided by FAMU’s EET program complimented my natural ability to (understand) electronics. The Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) program also provided solid theoretical and practical perspectives of information technology.”

During his time as a student at FAMU, Paul served as a tutor, research assistant, graduate assistant and on-air radio personality at WANM 90.5 FM. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in FAMU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences. In addition, Paul has published “GPU-Based Simulation of Body Area Network,” which was presented in Germany at the 2012 Winter Simulation Conference.

“Dion was an enthusiastic, creative, energetic and exceptionally well-organized graduate student,” said Hongmei Chi, Paul’s adviser. “He is willing to explore new technology in information technology.”

According to Chi, Paul is the first graduate student to use GPUs (graphics processing units) as a part of a research project. His work has been presented at several international and national conferences.

Dr. Verian Thomas, dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research, expressed her pride in Paul’s accomplishments.

“He is one of our highly qualified and competent CIS graduates, who has demonstrated that our graduates are highly competitive in the workforce,” she said. “His new position with Google is a testament to the high quality of training that our students receive at FAMU.”

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