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Name: Caitlin Hamada

DOB: 19

Hometown: Irvine, Calif.

Major: Computer Science

Expected graduation: December 2015

Plans: Seek employment as computer scientist

Caitlin Hamada, Team Venus ’13

Caitlin Hamada, Team Venus ’13
“It has been great to learn and work with this team of talented and likeable individuals for the upcoming supercomputing competition. I look forward to bonding together even more at the competition.” – Caitlin Hamada, Team Venus ’13

In her words:

When I was in elementary school, I watched my mother make circles fly and bounce as homework for a Flash class. It was a lot of fun. After she helped me do some of the other assignments, I was hooked. I had always been good at math and science, so when it came time for college, computer science was a natural major for me, and University of the Pacific is where I chose to pursue it.

Attending Pacific and majoring in computer science has been a great college experience. I chose Pacific after a campus visit where I was able to tour the campus and talk to students and faculty. This is a small school where the professors know the students, and my adviser works closely with me to map out my academic career. She showed me the steps I could take to graduate in three and half years. The computer science department is also active in preparing students for jobs after graduation.

What is particularly of major appeal to me is the co-op program that allows me to gain relevant work experience before graduation. I'm pretty sure that if I had gone somewhere else I wouldn't have been able to have the opportunity to participate in the supercomputing competition, so I'm glad I chose Pacific. I really enjoy my classes, classmates and living the Pacific experience.

Being a member of Team Venus is a wonderful growth opportunity for me to nurture both technical and teamwork skills. In addition to working together in person during the school year, the team met virtually over the summer using Jabber Video. We also remote accessed the cluster to perform experiments with our applications. It has been great to learn and work with this team of talented and likeable individuals for the upcoming supercomputing competition. I look forward to bonding together even more at the competition.

When my brain needs a break, I enjoy anime, manga, drawing, music and softball (fast pitch). Some diversity in interests helps to balance my life. The occasional Nerf war game with friends is also enjoyable and helps hone strategies for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.

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