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Anselmo José Gandarão Pereira da Silva, Master of Software Engineering – ICTI: Information & Communication Technologies Institute – Carnegie Mellon University

Anselmo José Gandarão Pereira da Silva
Anselmo SilvaAnselmo has been a project manager at Portugal Telecom-SI for 10 years. He has worked in several units including Customer Management, Document Management, and Content Management Solutions. He holds a B.Sc. in Informatics and Systems Engineering from University of Minho and a PMP certification by the Project Management Institute. Anselmo is married and has a lovely one-year-old daughter named Alice.

How is the Pittsburgh campus different from your home campus?

Maybe the major differences are the cultural and athletic facilities available on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Also, we are able to attend conferences, talks, and presentations that normally aren’t available on the Coimbra campus. Otherwise, the two campuses are mostly the same.

What do you think of living in Pittsburgh?

It has been a nice experience, but unfortunately we don’t have enough time to explore the region as much as we would like. The city has nice museums, good restaurants, and an active cultural life.

Why did you decide to do the dual degree program?

I was looking to get a Masters in Software Engineering for awhile. Fortunately, my company (Portugal Telecom) started to sponsor university studies and offers the employees who get accepted good benefits. So far, the experience has been extraordinary as we are being challenged to improve ourselves.