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Google courts nearly 100 engineering students

October 8, 2014 - By Kim Delker

An alumnus of the University of New Mexico's Department of Computer Science and current Google employee visited campus on Wednesday (Oct. 8) to provide engineering students with information about careers in tech, as well as what life is like working at the technology giant.

Scott Griffin, who received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from UNM in 2007, is a software engineer at Google in Boulder, Colo. He made a presentation called "Do Cool Things that Matter."

Griffin, who went on to earn a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon, has worked for Google the last two-and-a-half years. It’s his first time making an appearance to educate and recruit students at UNM.

"My main goal is to focus on getting students to apply for internships at Google, since now is the perfect time," he said. "I'm also here to give a 'culture talk,' to let students know what it’s like to work at Google."

Students who attended were eager to learn.

April Suknot, a computer science master’s student who will graduate in May, is focusing on coding and game development.

"I'm here to learn about what it takes to succeed in the industry and at Google," she said.

Nathan Rackley, a computer science doctoral student, won't be hitting the job market quite that soon, but he was interested in hearing more about the opportunities.

"I came to hear what Google has to offer," he said.

Students filled the Stamm Room in the Centennial Engineering Center for the lunchtime event. It is estimated that more that 90 students attended the presentation.