My name is Jeremy Meyer, and I am a rising junior at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN studying computer science. I’m currently a software development intern at AvidXchange in Charlotte, NC, a growing company that provides automated AP and bill payment solutions to middle market companies nationwide. I’ve always been interested in science and technology, and I originally majored in physics, but after my first year at Purdue I realized how many opportunities there are in the field of IT and decided to switch my major to computer science. So far, it looks like I made the right choice.
My experience at AvidXchange has been amazing. I’ve had the opportunity to work on projects that have a real impact on the company, and I’m really enjoying the culture at AvidXchange which emphasizes collaboration and learning from each other. I have experienced the many technologies used in the software industry, and that experience will give me an edge no matter where I go next.
Last year I joined the Purdue Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club and I will be taking a web startup class in the fall to learn more about entrepreneurship in the technology field. As I continue to work on projects with other students at Purdue, my hope is to eventually develop a software solution with business potential. At Purdue, computer science students are given the option to choose tracks which emphasize a particular field. I am currently in the software engineering track and the machine intelligence track. I am especially interested in machine intelligence, which is becoming increasingly relevant as the world becomes more connected through technology. Machine intelligence involves learning algorithms which use existing data to help develop software that can automate many tasks and make predictions. Machine learning is already used in many applications, such as email spam filters, voice recognition software, search engines like Google and Bing, and is even used to make product recommendations on Amazon or Netflix. In a world of technology there is just so much to experience, and I learn new things every day. Whether I get a job at a technology company after graduation or start my own, I’m definitely excited for the future.