Lakshmi Mamidi is from Visakhapatnam, a port city on the southeast coast of India. She says that this part of India resembles Florida and is becoming quite a tourist destination. She grew up right across the street from the beach. She attended Aditya Engineering College for her undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering. She completed this degree in 2007. After graduation she accepted a software position with IBM in Bangalore, India. Since she was not working in her chosen field, she began to think about graduate school as a way to further her career in software. She decided studying in the United States was the best route because of the stellar reputation of U.S. graduate schools.
She says that U.S. grad schools are known for focusing on practical instruction and preparing students well for their careers. Lakshmis husband works in Grand Rapids and so she moved there with him in 2009, which is how she first heard about GVSU. She is enrolled in the Computer Science masters program at GVSU, but is also taking some Bioinformatics courses. Her assistantship is in the Medical and Bioinformatics Department where she helps professors with research projects and also prepares a special laboratory that is for Bioinformatics students only. After finishing her masters degree, Lakshmi would like to find a job that bridges her interest in both Computer Science and Biology. Her long term plan is to return to India, but she would like to get some work experience in the United States first. Lakshmis impression of GVSU is that it is a budding university. She says that things are continuing to improve as it grows, and she would highly recommend GVSU to other international students. She would love to see GVSU add Ph.D. programs in Computer Science and other STEM fields. She feels her assistantship and grad program has prepared her very well for the future. She is much more confident now than she was before she began studying at GVSU.