Monday, November 25, 2019 - 4:00pm to 4:50pm
Gilfillan Auditorium

Speaker Information

Danny Dig and Malinda Malwala

Abstract

Gallup released what is believed to be the most robust and comprehensive
study of the millennial generation to date. This research combined more
than 30 separate studies and included more than 1 million respondents.
The report revealed that only 29% of millennials are engaged at work.
Gallup research suggests that setting clear expectations may be the most
foundational element for increasing engagement. Just 54% of millennials
strongly agree that they know their expectations at work. This number
could be much worse for graduate students. Grad students who lack clear
expectations and spend too much time working on the wrong things can't
advance and make meaningful contributions to humanity.
 
In this highly interactive session, Professor Danny Dig has a fireside
chat with his PhD student Malinda Malwala about Expectations.
Malinda will talk about his expectations from the PhD advisor, and Danny
will talk about his expectations when advising graduate students. This
will inspire you to have an earnest conversation with your faculty
advisor. Aligning with each other's expectations will set you up
for success in grad school.
 

Speaker Bio

Danny Dig is an associate professor at Oregon State University, and an
adjunct professor at University of Illinois. He enjoys doing research in
Software Engineering, with a focus on interactive program analysis and
transformations that improve programmer productivity and software
quality. He successfully pioneered the field of refactoring in
cutting-edge domains including mobile, concurrency and parallelism,
component-based, testing, and end-user programming. He earned his Ph.D.
from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his research
won the best Ph.D. dissertation award, and the First Prize at the ACM
Student Research Competition Grand Finals. He did a postdoc at MIT. 
 
He (co-)authored 50+ journal and conference papers that appeared in top
places in SE/PL. His group's research was recognized with 8 best or
distinguished paper awards at the flagship conferences in SE, 
and 1 most influential paper award. He received the NSF
CAREER award, the Google Faculty Research Award (twice), and the
Microsoft SE Innovation Award (twice). With his students, they released
dozens of software systems, among them the world's first open-source
refactoring tool. Some of the techniques they developed are shipping
with the official release of the popular Eclipse, NetBeans, and Visual
Studio development environments which are used daily by millions of
developers. 
 
Malinda Malwala is a  PhD student in the department of computer science at
Oregon State University. He received his B.Sc. from University of
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2015. He is a former senior software engineer in
London Stock Exchange Technology. Malinda enjoys doing research on
applying software engineering best practices to ML software.