Matthew Miller started learning computer programming at 12 years old. His passion for programming grew as he did.
“I knew long before I graduated high school that I wanted to pursue a degree in computer science,” Matthew said.
Matthew currently works as the programming team lead for Acadian Ambulance Service.
“We work on a variety of projects, including web applications, desktop applications, and scheduled tasks,” he explained. “One of our major projects has been a years-long rewrite and enhancement of our billing and receivables system.”
After interning with Acadian Ambulance during his senior year, Matthew was offered a full-time programming/analyst job upon graduation. He now leads a small group of developers.
Matthew was drawn to UL Lafayette for its reputation for a strong computer science program. The proximity to his hometown also helped his decision.
“I really enjoyed the classes that had projects to build things that were similar to real-world applications, such as the database and video game classes,” Matthew said. “I also enjoyed the classes that explored the underlying mechanics of computers, such as Operating Systems.”
Matthew enjoyed Dr. Mark Radle’s classes, especially Programming Languages (CMPS 450).
“Dr. Radle was an excellent teacher and the projects he gave were always enjoyable,” Matthew said. “His Programming Languages and Artificial Intelligence classes explored a wide variety of programming languages that expanded my way of thinking about programming and solutions to problems.”
Matthew uses the skills he learned in his courses daily and hopes to see even more real-life applications taught at UL Lafayette in the future.
“I believe the database course was the single most useful one in terms of learning the kind of skills I use every day: designing a database and building an application to use it."