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Shannon Pfohl ‘14- Alum Profile

Why did you choose Siena College?

​I was looking for a smaller liberal arts school that had a math education program and a lacrosse team I could play on. When it came time for a decision my mom (Class of ‘88) told me all about her great experience at Siena and that persuaded me to make my final choice. Looking back, she was right. Siena was wonderful, and I would not have gotten the experience I had at Siena anywhere else.

Why Computer Science?

​I started out as a math major getting a certification in education when I realized that the work I was doing in my introductory computer science classes was more rewarding. I came to the realization that in the long run, an education in computer science would lead to more fulfilling work in my career. I ended up switching my major by the end of my freshman year. This was one of the best decisions I made because it is important to do work that you feel is rewarding. You do better at your job if you like what you do.

What was your most meaningful experience at Siena?

​Through the ACM-W Women in Computing Club, I was given the opportunity to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference my junior and senior years. This conference is not only where I found my current job at Credit Suisse, but also made me aware of the countless opportunities available to computer science majors. It was also very inspiring to be at a conference listening to the leading women in technology.

What was your favorite computer science course, and why?

​I really enjoyed Web Application with Dr. Breimer. He teaches you how to find the resources you need to be creative in class and how to implement them. But, this also teaches you to find and use resources for future projects beyond the class. This is one skill that I use regularly in my current job.

What is your current job and how did your education at Siena prepare you for it?

​My current role at Credit Suisse is on the Cyber Security team. Even though my knowledge was limited about the area, I was hired because of my professional and communication skills. The culture and environment of Siena is where I was able to obtain these skills. Little things like being respectful to others, volunteering to help on outside projects, and holding open doors actually go a long way in the professional world.

Shannon Pfohl ‘14- Alum Profile

Shannon Pfohl

Class of 2014

Computer Science Major

Niskayuna, N.Y.