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Marissa Schmidt

Computer Science
Phone: 208-426-5769 | Fax: | Office: CCP 245
Marissa Schmidt


I grew up in Oceanside, California and moved to Boise, Idaho in 2004. I graduated from Skyview High School in 2004 and attended Boston University for a whole semester before I realized that I definitely belong in the West. I moved back to Boise and attended Boise State University where I completed my BS in Computer Science in 2009.

Immediately following, I began my graduate studies at BSU. My advisor, Dr. Amit Jain, and I investigated the performance of "Big Data" analysis using Hadoop, Hive, and MySQL - Hadoop and Hive as Scalable Alternatives to RDBMS: A Case Study. While studying at BSU, I worked as a graduate teaching assistant (TA) for the CS department.

In June of 2011, I began my career as a Software Design Engineer at HP Indigo in Boise. I was a member of the core team for the Digital Front End (DFE) that drove our digital presses. I worked as the lead developer on our server diagnostic and reporting feature, simplified database transformation utilities for system migrations, and improved a wide variety of components in our software system. During my 3 years at HP, I gained valuable industry experience developing and refactoring large-scale and legacy software systems, coding best practices, the development process (waterfall and agile), testing, performance, and the value of team work.

And just for fun, here's some good advice.

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes."
--Charles R. Swindoll