We recently asked alum Roland Crosby, who is currently working at MediaMath, what he has been up to since leaving Olin. This is what he had to say:
Tell us a bit about where you work and what you do there.
MediaMath is an online advertising company; our software platform allows our customers to create, execute, and analyze sophisticated data-driven ad campaigns. I'm a product manager on our platform infrastructure team, which is generally responsible for the ways in which internal and external developers programmatically interact with our platform.
Are you able to incorporate your engineering background into what you do now?
Yes, daily (my job is pretty close to engineering, as product management jobs go).
What advice do you have for Oliners that might be pursuing a different path from engineering?
Go for it! By the time you finish undergrad you're probably going to be pretty good at solving problems based on ambiguous/incomplete information, and that will serve you well anywhere.
What is a typical day like at your place of employment?
Design/research/planning meetings with developers/product managers, triage and prioritization of incoming bugs/issues, writing/editing specifications/documentation/email, API testing, and doing research about projects I'm working on, etc.
What do you feel you're doing that's innovative?
I'm working on strategically interesting projects that are relatively uncommon in this industry -- the work I do day to day helps transform this company's traditional software business into a true platform that can power interesting new applications of our technology.
Looking back, how did Olin help you get to where you are today?
I learned a lot of good lessons about design and how to approach problems and deal with ambiguity. Believe it or not, one of the biggest ways Olin (vs. any other college) most directly affected the path my life has taken since graduation is through the sweet internship and full-time job that landed in my lap because Microsoft recruiters decided they really liked Olin students in 2009-2010.
Roland with his Buddy Frankie
Do you have time for fun? What do you like to do?
Yeah, I hang around New York and play with my cute lil dog (http://igfrankie.tumblr.com)
Advice for current students?
Do research and interesting extracurricular stuff, and take classes you care about. Read more, and take advantage of all the great resources you have while you have them.