Expanding Possibilities for Computer Science in New York City and at YU

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Dr. Judah Diament

The recent announcement that half of Amazon’s new headquarters will be in Long Island City, Queens, in addition to Google’s approximately 1.6 million-square-foot expansion of its footprint in the Chelsea section of Manhattan has the department chairs of Yeshiva University’s computer science departments and the executive director of the Career Center optimistic that these developments will bring immense benefits to YU students.

Judah Diament, chair of computer science at Yeshiva College, noted the technological transformation in New York City over the past two decades, from very few companies doing this work to “the big players,” namely Google and Amazon, moving in. “In fact,” said Diament, “New York City is often the first choice for their new hires out of college. When you combine all of the opportunities in tech with those at banks and smaller fintech companies, you quickly see that this city has become one of the best places in the world for computer scientists—like those we have been graduating—to live and work.”

Dr. Alan Broder

Dr. Alan Broder

Dr. Alan Broder, chair of computer science at Stern College for Women, agrees, saying that “the growth of Google’s presence has been great news for Stern College. Our students have interned at Google, some of our recent graduates are employed at Google’s Manhattan location, Google engineers like Ari Shamash are teaching in our program and our upcoming graduates are interviewing and getting offers there, too. The close partnership between Stern College and Google makes us excited about Google’s growing presence right in our neighborhood!”

Susan Bauer, Executive Director of the Career Center

Susan Bauer, executive director of the Career Center

Susan Bauer, executive director of the Career Center, believes that the quality training YU students receive through their courses and internships makes them particularly well-suited to succeed at these companies. “Google and Amazon need both the quality and diversity as well as the quantity of tech talent that New York provides,” said Bauer, adding that “the steps the University has been taking, under the leadership of Judah Diament and Alan Broder, to improve and expand technical education along with the Career Center’s efforts to diversify internships and networking opportunities prepares our students for what these two industry leaders look for when recruiting. I’m excited for the ever-expanding playing field our students have to explore.”

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