October 30, 2017
My name is Austin Krauza, and I’m an alumnus of the Macaulay Honors College, Class of 2016. At the College of Staten Island, I majored in Computer Science, minored in Mathematics, and took classes towards an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics of Large-Scale Data.
During my tenure at Macaulay, I had the opportunity to experience cultural events, work with some of the best professors in both the computer science and finance/economic fields, and even study abroad in Sydney, Australia to learn about cross-cultural relations in business settings.
As a result of all of the experiences that Macaulay has afforded me, I graduated debt free with my Bachelors of Science, and am now working as a Systems Engineer and Big Data Analyst at Verizon Wireless, and serve as the sole “Under 30” member of the Advisory Board for the CUNY CSI Technology Incubator.
As part of the Macaulay Honors Program, all students are required to take 4 seminars—The Arts of the City of New York, The People of New York, Science and Technology in New York, and finally, Shaping the Future of New York. Before attending the Macaulay Honors College, I had never attended a Broadway production, let alone an opera at the Metropolitan Opera House. Within the first two months of my studies, I had experienced both.
As a hard science and technology person, I had never really taken the time to explore the arts that exist right here in my own backyard—New York City. Macaulay afforded me the opportunity to immerse myself in the culture under the guidance of some of the most qualified arts professors, right at my home college. Since then, I have made it a point to attend more arts performances and spend more time exploring the true depth of New York City.
In the fall of 2013, I was invited to work with Dr. Natacha Gueorguieva of the Computer Science Department at CSI to conduct research having several applications in the medical, law enforcement, and fraud detection fields. During the fall semester of 2015, I authored a paper under the mentorship of Dr. Gueorguieva, which was chosen as one of 13 accepted to an IEEE Research Conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I presented my research among other prestigious authors, including those from MIT and Princeton University.
In addition to working alongside Dr. Gueorguieva, I also had the privilege to work with Dr. Jonathan Peters at the CUNY High Performance Computing Center (HPCC). Both of these research projects led to an internship opportunity at Verizon Wireless during the summer of 2015, where I was offered and accepted a full time position on their Call Center Operations Team soon thereafter.
In addition to the academic excellence, cultural experiences and research opportunities I was offered at Macaulay, I was also given a once in a lifetime chance to study abroad in Sydney, Australia at the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) through the Opportunities Fund. During this amazing experience, I studied at ICMS for most of January 2015 and was able to assimilate into the daily life of another culture.
In addition to taking a course in Cross-Cultural Business Management and meeting with several members of the local business community in Sydney, I was able to experience New Year’s Eve in Sydney Harbour, visit the Sydney Opera House, and hike the Blue Mountains. This is a trip that most people save and dream of for their entire life—and I did it for minimal cost during my junior year of college.
Enjoy your last few months of high school, and I hope to bump into you at one of our several open houses in the near future!