West Grad Goes Robotic

West Grad Goes Robitic

Luis Garcia
Software Engineer
Mundt & Associates, Inc.

Scottsdale, AZ

July 5, 2016   |     West Now Home

The content herein is that of the author and does not reflect the position or opinion of Western International University (West). This article originally appeared in the West Alumni Connection newsletter.

Luis Garcia started working with computers in high school, teaching himself to program and create a simple game on a borrowed computer when the home computer field was just emerging. After attending college in Mexico City to complete his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, he worked in various roles at different companies, mostly within the financial Industry. A 2001 West graduate who earned his Master of Science in Information Systems Engineering,* Luis is now putting his software creation skills to work manufacturing robotic laser workstations.

Luis has found new challenges in building software to control a machine. “The machines we build are used to manufacture all kinds of devices, from pacemakers to parts used in very powerful turbines,” he says. ”I’m responsible for designing and developing Human Machine Interfaces that control custom made laser workstations.”

When he’s not writing software, Luis enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children, rowing and kayaking, as well as hiking. West Alumni Connection was able to catch up with Luis indoors long enough for him to share some of his experiences at West.

Why did you decide to pursue your degree at West?
I worked as a business intelligence developer in Mexico City for several years. I wanted to enhance my career, so I enrolled in a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Engineering to get the skills I needed to effectively manage my projects and my clients. I selected West because I wanted to learn from experienced professionals, and West offered me a great curriculum and teachers with real-world experience.

What did you find most valuable about your West experience?
Teachers were always available to talk about my education and they always offered their help and advice.

What were the benefits to you of earning your degree?
A Master’s degree changed the way I approach problems in my day to day work. I believe my degree opened many doors and paths for me and that the tools and knowledge that I gained at West helped prepare me for the management position I wanted.

What are your plans for the future?
I would like to keep enhancing my career and eventually start my own business.

What would you tell a friend who is thinking of going back to school?
A degree is totally worth it. The best investment that you can make is to invest in yourself. 

* For more information about our programs, including on-time completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who completed their programs and other important information, please visit: http://www.west.edu/online-degree-programs

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