After a successful internship with SAS Institute, Andrew Chait ’19 will join the company as an associate software developer after graduation at the company’s headquarters in Cary, N.C. In the position, Chait will write code in Python for enterprise level software packages.
A computer science major, Chait enjoyed spending his 2018 summer writing code for the multinational developer of analytics software. “My job was to re-create parts of the project using different methods to compare the output of the two. If my version and the official version had the same results, they could be confident they weren’t getting false-positives,” he explains.
SAS Institute is one of the world’s largest privately held software businesses. The company creates a suite of business analytics software that is used by many of the Fortune 500 companies and is installed at more than 83,000 business, government and universities.
Chait credits the HWS Computer Science Department with preparing him for the position as well as helping him to secure the previous internship. “The department does a great job teaching the logic and thought process behind software development,” he says. “Even though the major is centered around the Java programming language, it’s taught in such a way that if you can spend a little bit of time researching another language you’ll be able to use it effectively. When I was told about a month before starting the internship that I would be programming in Python, I was able to study and practice it in my free time using the knowledge I gained in my courses.”
He notes many of his classes prepared him such as “Introduction to Programming” and “Intermediate Programming” where he learned the logic behind software development. “Software Development” and “Database Theory and Practice” were invaluable in helping him to stand out among other interns, he says. Additionally, “Foundations of Computation” and “Data Structures & Algorithms” were relevant to his interview, which ultimately landed him the opportunity.
He is also grateful for the faculty’s career advice. Spending time talking with Assistant Professor of Math and Computer Science John Lasseter and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science John Vaughn P’08 “helped me be certain this is the career path I wanted to go down,” he says.
On campus, Chait is also on the board of the E-scape gaming club.