Self-taught in finance, recent Iona graduate, Joshua Gitter ‘18, took hold of his opportunities and turned them into a flourishing career. A computer science major, Gitter is now working full-time as a business analyst for IBM, which began as an internship and lasted for over two years while earning his undergraduate degree. His most recent accomplishment includes being awarded a scholarship from Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), the national Computer Science Honor Society.
During his time at Iona, Gitter has focused his concentration on cybersecurity, and learned how to create mobile applications and websites. However, his most memorable accomplishment has been his time studying abroad in Turin, Italy where he took part in the EIA summer program that taught him the necessary skills to turn an idea into a successful business. This experience has both inspired and empowered him to become an entrepreneur and start the development of a company focused on creating a mobile application to assist diabetic patients. He hopes this will be the impetus for other business ventures.
“Studying abroad this summer was by far my favorite experience at Iona. I wish I would have studied abroad sooner and created more lifelong bonds with both students from Iona and students from around the world. I learned a lot, was immersed in the culture, and had an amazing time. Iona has so many opportunities to study abroad. I am going to apply and try to do it again.”
Looking back at the last four years at Iona, Gitter believes there’s nothing more valuable than getting involved, traveling and getting to know your professors and academic department.
“Networking is one of the most important things to do in life. Many jobs, opportunities and life-changing moments come from networking, so make sure to network and network often. Be close to your professors and your department. These people are there for you, and in your corner, they want to see you succeed and will help you every part of the way.”
Gitter was part of the five-year computer science program and is currently working on his master’s thesis. He looks forward to the coming year, finding another study abroad opportunity, and getting more involved with Iona Mission & Ministry.
In December 2018, Josh was nominated as a recipient for a Student Conferenceship Award in order to attend the 34rd Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC), in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During the four-day conference, he was given the opportunity to present his initial research work which was done under the supervision of Dr. Paolina Centonze. Reflecting on the conference, Josh says, ”The ACSAC conference was truly an eye opening experience. Being able to present my work and receive feedback from some of the top people in the field of computer security was a unique and valuable learning experience. I had a great time at the conference and am very grateful to Dr. Centonze for guiding me towards this opportunity."