My Story in Computing with Dr. Eliezer Kanal
May 2019 • Podcast
In this SEI Podcast, the first in the My Story in Computing series, Dr. Kanal discusses his education, career path, and lessons he learned along the way.
“I never took a single course in programming. What I would tell them is learn to program. I don’t care whether you’re planning to go into hairstyling or acting or whatever, but learn to program. There will be immense value no matter what you do in just knowing how to tell a computer what to do and then making it do it for you.”
Those who work in computing today bring a wide array of backgrounds and experiences to the profession. In this podcast, the first in a series, Dr. Eliezer Kanal—a former premed student, computational neuroscientist, health-care technical manager, financial quantitative analyst, freelance web developer, and IT consultant—discusses his background and education, all of which led to his current work leading a team of data scientists in the SEI’s CERT Division.
About the Speaker
Eliezer Kanal works in the CERT Division at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, leading a team of data scientists performing applied cybersecurity research. Before joining the SEI, Kanal worked for TubePress, Highmark, and PNC. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and Yeshiva University. He has worn a number of hats in the past, including computational neuroscientist, health-care technical manager, financial quantitative analyst, freelance web developer, and IT consultant.