Joliet software engineer says life is not an easy design

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Joliet software engineer talks about the winding road of his career

Published: May 2, 2013.

Bob and Lacey Bersano

Bob Bersano, senior software engineer and product architect with Rocket Software, recently discussed his career with a group of Lewis University computer science students.

Bersano, who lives in Joliet and is the father of Lacey Bersano, a Lewis University senior Computer Science majors, talked about the twists and turns his career has taken.

After starting out as a business major, Bob realized he wanted to solve a wider array of problems using his mathematical prowess and ingenuity, and so he switched to studying computer science. He snagged an internship at Argonne National Laboratory, where he got his first taste of developing software for solving specific problems.

After Argonne, Bersano worked in the telecommunications industry, and started developing expertise in IBM's database platform DB2. He began to develop tools for DB2 for various companies, including a startup firm that was bought up by IBM.

Through networking a few years ago, Bersano began working at Rocket Software, which makes extremely high-speed backup software for the DB2 platform. Rocket Software is an IBM business partner, and they look closely together to meet customers’ needs.

“Interestingly, much of Rocket’s software is written in IBM Assembler, which demonstrates how sometimes the ‘old way’ of doing things is still very much current,” said Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chairman of the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science as well as minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It also co-manages a Master of Science in Information Security, which includes an innovative fast-track program that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive plenty of real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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