Alumni Spotlight: Noah J. Pascarell '08

noah j. pascarell

BS Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Hometown

Kennett Square, PA

Current Position

Vice President of Global Technology
JPMorgan Chase

 

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My Widener Experience

why did you decide to major in computer information systems?

I chose to pursue a degree in computer information systems because of a long interest I had in computers, programming, and problem solving. My father’s background and career was in technology, so I had exposure to computer science concepts throughout my early life. What made me especially interested in a CIS degree and ultimately a career in technology was the multitude of ways that technology influences our daily lives and contributes to productivity, communication, and problem solving across almost all disciplines and industries.

who was your favorite professor at widener? why?

Dr. Yoon was the first computer science faculty member I met at Widener. It was his passion for the computer science program and individualized attention towards me as a potential student that convinced me to choose Widener. Dr. Yoon continued that focus to my education throughout my time in the computer science program—he was a pivotal influence both as an instructor and my direct advisor. Ultimately, it was his guidance that led to my internship at JPMorgan Chase and ultimately the start of my career.

My Professional Experience

what do you like most about your current position?

A career in technology at JPMC provides an opportunity to explore various roles, lines of business, and applications. The focus placed on career mobility has allowed me to hold positions as an application developer, application architect, and service delivery manager in multiple lines of business. That experience, with various technologies supporting multiple business functions, continues to keep my day-to-day job challenging and improves my breadth and depth of knowledge of technology.

what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?

Widener computer science provides an outstanding foundation for a career in technology. I constantly leverage key concepts from my computer science coursework in my current job function—many of which my peers did not have exposure to in other computer science programs. Most of all, the faculty members are the reason to choose Widener’s computer science program. It was their excitement for the topics they were teaching and engaging classes that fostered my passion for the subject, and ultimately my career in technology.