Computing That Serves

Why Grad School


Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 11:00am


Jonathan Dinerstein, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Lockheed Martin

Computer scientists and engineers with a Masters or Ph.D. degree are more likely to find better-paying jobs, be promoted faster, and avoid unemployment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  In many cases, this directly translates into greater job satisfaction and more stable careers.  I have experienced these benefits on numerous occasions, both while holding a Masters degree as well as after returning to school for a Ph.D.  In this talk I will give examples from my own career, including discussing real-world unsolved problems I was able to crack because of my graduate education.


Jonathan Dinerstein is a senior research scientist with Lockheed Martin.  His former positions include visual effects developer at PDI/DreamWorks Animation, and software engineer at Sorenson Media and Pinnacle Systems.  Dr. Dinerstein received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University in 2005.  He received Bachelor and Master degrees in Computer Science from Utah State University in 1999 and 2000, respectively.  His research interests include computer graphics & animation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, and image processing.