This 26-year-old is developing software for Duke’s Biomedical Engineering Department
Software Engineering is one of the fastest-growing fields around the globe. Revenue in the Software market is projected to reach US$297.10bn in 2022. With some of the largest software companies like Microsoft Windows making over 2 billion dollars annually. Software Engineering covers every aspect of the process of application development, including planning, budgeting, and coordinating application solutions.
Saquan Anthony works as a Software Engineer for Duke University’s Biomedical Engineering Department. Duke University, located in Durham, North Carolina, is regarded as one of the most prestigious schools in the South. It is also one of the nation’s largest research universities.
The 26-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, began his career in technology after graduating from North Carolina A&T University with a degree in Computer Science.
“In some ways, I feel as though I lucked into tech. I was unsure what to choose as a major and happened to stumble upon computer engineering/computer science. It was listed as one of the better programs at NC A&T. I was able to grasp coding fairly easily and always had a knack for problem solving. So, at the very least, I knew I was going to do something engineering related.”
Saquan began working at IBM as a software developer for the Watson Health project, an AI Healthcare Solution, after graduating NC A&T. Watson Health is a company that provides industry-leading data, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to help providers, payers, governments, and life science companies modernize operations and maximize the value of ever-expanding health data. (From Watson Health)
“I worked on the automation framework with Watson for the oncology tool and other various products within Watson Health eSciences.”
From there, he began working as a Software Engineer for Duke Universities Bio-Medical Engineering Department. Biomedical engineering applies engineering principles and techniques to the field of medicine or life sciences. This engineering is primarily concerned with the design and manufacture of tools and technologies such as medical equipment, prostheses, medical devices, and diagnostic and therapeutic devices. The Modern Time asked him a few questions about his time at Duke:
“The work is very interesting! Typically, the day-to-day involves a series of meetings. After the meetings, we take the insight gathered and use it to develop software applications based on current needs.
I work in a computational lab that deals with running and developing various blood flow-based simulations to help better understand and treat various cardiovascular diseases. I mainly work with various PhD students/holders and resident doctors to develop portable applications for this work.”
His advice for young minorities aspiring into computer science and software engineering is:
“Be open to exploring and talk to as many people as you can in the field. Tech is very large and can have you doing any number of things. Because there isn’t a common ground that means you can break into tech any number of ways and you can find out those ways just by having chats with people in the field.”
This article was originally published on The Modern Time.