Rachel Allen Bowles

Rachel Allen Bowles

Applied Science/Computer Science & Cognitive Science '05

Rachel Bowles is an Applied Science/Computer and Cognitive Science graduate of 2005. She works for a small software company called Databound Solutions and she definitely doesn't program all day. Because her company is so small, she actually does a lot of things including support the piece of software that they sell, travel on site to train their clients in how to use their software, create marketing materials, develop and test code, and so on. She works directly with their clients and has a big part in what they do with their product.

Q&A with Rachel:

What kind of skills do you use?
I use a range of skills including interpersonal skills, problem-solving, creative skills, and programming.

Why did you major in CS?
I've always liked math and I wanted to choose a field that would allow me to get a job after graduation without going to grad school so I chose engineering.

What makes CS at Penn different from other universities?
The professors are exceptionally invested in their students and the program at Penn pays special attention to women.

In what ways do you collaborate with coworkers and team members in your job?
I do a lot of work individually, but I collaborate with co-workers when we work on strategy and the positioning of our product. We do a lot of collaborative brain-storming.

Is there a class or professor in CIS that has made a particularly strong impact on you?
Max Mintz and Jean Griffin were both very influential for me. They encouraged me to pursue computer science as me, someone who isn't into video games or programming for fun, and to use my unique skill set to be valuable in the Computer Science field rather than trying to stuff me into the typical mold. They both stressed the fact that I had other valuable skills and that I should capitalize on those. Jean asked me to be a TA for CSE 110 and that was what sparked my interest in teaching. Being a TA for CSE 110 also helped me discover that I like teaching programming more than anything else.

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