Computer Science Student Accepted into GE’s Digital Technology Leadership Program

Computer Science Student Accepted into GE’s Digital Technology Leadership Program

Reese Johnson in front of the wind turbine blade displayed at the Schenectady site of General Electric

Photo Caption: Reese Johnson in front of the wind turbine blade displayed at the Schenectady site of General Electric.

 

Computer Science Data Analytics student Reese Johnson has been accepted into General Electric’s (GE) Digital Technology Leadership Program (DTLP) upon graduation: a program that can give his early career a boost and set him on a clear path for professional success as a computer scientist. During this 2-year commitment, Johnson will serve four rotations of six months each with different teams throughout the company, affording him the opportunity to develop his leadership and technical skills as well as business acumen. Assignments may take him to different divisions within the United States and also may provide opportunities for international experience. As part of the program, he will receive active coaching and mentoring, the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree with Georgia Tech, and a stipend to fund additional training and certifications.  

Johnson, who is completing his senior year at UAlbany’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, says, “This is overall an amazing opportunity that I am super grateful to have the chance to experience.”

This newest opportunity with GE comes to Johnson after two successful years working with business leaders at the GE Renewable Energy's onshore wind business headquarters and engineering office in Schenectady, New York.  During his sophomore year, Johnson interned within the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) unit as an ERP Cutover Lead. In this role, he facilitated project execution, escalating any issues or bottlenecks that occurred. He also analyzed support request data to identify patterns and trends that lead to service ticket requests. 

After a successful performance in this first internship, Johnson was invited back the following year and allowed to choose his next team. Working on the Data Analytics team as a data analyst was a good fit. There his job was focused on cash flow optimization using data models to identify high priority suppliers that should be targeted for future negotiations. He has since continued on to a co-op and continues to work on this team.

A resident of South Glens Falls, New York, Johnson was introduced to computer science 
at Tec-Smart Early College Highschool Program in Malta. He says “I had to choose a pathway that interested me and at the time I wasn't really sure what I would enjoy so I decided something a bit more out of my comfort zone. I was always interested about how software was built, and this was the perfect time to touch those waters. Ever since then, I've grown to love it and can't wait to pursue a career in it.”

His ideal job? Johnson would like to work as a Data Scientist using applications of Machine Learning.