My name is Aswin Rajkumar and I'm a Computer Science graduate student at the University of Southern California. I'm really passionate about web application development and data science.
My passion for programming started way back in time during my childhood when my father gifted me a pop-up book called Inside the Personal Computer by Sharon Gallagher. I used to spend a lot of time typing on the paper keyboard and pretending to be a programmer. When I was in fifth grade, he bought me a Cyrix II dinosaur with Basic installed in it. I started hacking away with it and made my first program, a grocery expenses calculator for my mom. When she fed in list after list and the output kept coming out right, I felt a certain joy that I can't describe. In that moment, I told myself, "This is what I want to do". It was a real turning point in my life.
Internet came, floppy disks died and new interesting technologies kept raining all around me. I spent most of the time learning programming languages or reading tech magazines. After completing Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science at Cochin University of Science and Technology, I joined Tata Consultancy Services, where I learned how to apply my knowledge in a professional environment and engineer good quality software. I learned the value of team work while working as a part of the largest team in the portfolio. I also worked in small teams where I learned agile development techniques. Without a doubt, it was a great experience.
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
Around the time when big data emerged and became the next big thing, my interests became more focussed and I decided to pursue advanced studies in Computer Science with a focus on Data Science, Big Data and Machine Learning. I'm glad that I made that decision and took the leap of faith because my knowledge and skills improved a lot and I had an amazing time in Los Angeles too. Now, I'm ready for the next step - choose a job that I love, one that wouldn't feel like work :)
Eclipse RCP, Java
Java EE, jQuery, AJAX, JSON, SQL
Java / Java EE, Shell Script