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Degree Class of 2010
Master of Science in Computer and Information Science

Les Sears

Senior Manager-IT Applications, Gulfstream Aerospace

In college, Les Sears earned an undergraduate degree in English Literature, but worked as a software developer and senior manager in Savannah not long after graduation. After discovering a love of information technology, this Atlanta native decided to go back to school to get a traditional computer science education.

Impressed by the Master of Science in Computer and Information Science program at Armstrong, Les immediately applied. This graduate degree program prepares students for in-demand careers in health informatics, bioinformatics, scientific computing, artificial intelligence and robotics, among others,

“I thought it was a great program,” he recalls. “The professors were very engaged.”

While in graduate school at Armstrong, Les also represented the school's computer science body as a member of the Graduate Student Coordinating Council, which promotes closer relations between graduate students, faculty and the university administration and also provides professional development activities for graduate students.  

Today, Les enjoys a successful career as a senior manager in IT applications at Gulfstream Aerospace, the world's business aviation leader. He credits the education and the leadership skills he developed at Armstrong with his current career success.

“Going through the master's program at Armstrong, combined with my previous work experience, really helped me get into my field and be successful.”

In fact, he’s already preparing to take on a new role as a senior solutions architect for Gulfstream’s mobile development, moving up the corporate ladder.

“I will be helping to design and implement mobile applications that will help Gulfstream sell and service their products,” he says. “Gulfstream is a great company to work for. I’m grateful to Armstrong for helping me start strong on a path to success.”