My unflagging interest in computers began at the age of 9 when I was among the 4 students selected to represent my class in a computer quiz. With each new question posed ,I found my curiosity further piqued and found myself captivated by the vastness of technology and amazed by what technology could offer. In order to quench my new found thirst for computers, I started reading books like the basics of DOS & Internet Programming .I also read novels like Prey by Michael Crichton which explored the concept of AI and Deception point by Dan Brown which introduced me to the world of cryptography .Although these books were fictional, it nevertheless enthralled me and motivated me to explore the potential of technology.
Through this medium, I was exposed to the full range of engineering courses from java, Data Structures, C++ to Operating Systems, Network Technology and Web Programming. Under the guidance of my professors, I undertook case studies on CORBA, reverse software engineering, wireless LAN, swarm intelligence and IP security. Through these projects, I was able to rediscover my strong predisposition for research. The challenging academic environment propelled me to innovate and experiment .This is evidenced by the myriad of projects I ventured into including designing a website using HTML,CSS and ASP, applying the theory of game development to model a reverse maze program, using the concepts learnt through object oriented analysis and design to device a course management system for managing information on courses, students and tutors.
In my third year, I designed an online movie ticket booking system using SQL Script and implemented a mobile application for the same. This enhanced my knowledge in database concepts as well as J2ME. My final year project was based on data mining on customer relationship management. We used K-means clustering algorithms to classify the customers based on their spending habits and association mining to recommend products based on their previous purchases. The research required for this project not only gave me a comprehensive understanding of customer behavior but also helped me discover various tools available to gauge customer preferences and parameters that govern customer satisfaction.
In addition to my coursework, I attended seminars on ethical hacking and Solaris and was a part of various...