Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Alumni

Patrick Baumann '08

Alum Patrick Baumann

Baumann is a software engineer for Google working on the Play Store Android client. He previously worked for Amazon as an Android developer on the Appstore for Android and for The Boeing Company in Huntington Beach, California. While at Boeing, he earned his master of science degree through Carnegie Mellon University's remote program.

"I grew up thinking I wanted to be a mechanical engineer until I almost failed out of community college fumbling through an education that I didn’t have any passion for. After St. Cloud State faculty visited my college and described the (computer engineering) program’s offerings, I realized my passion for computers and transferred.

During my senior year at SCSU, I participated in the senior design course, during which my team received a $1,200 research grant from Sponsored Programs. This allowed my team to focus on the technical issues of the project without needing to raise funds or obsess over frugality.

I was offered a co-op position at The Boeing Company. This delayed my graduation by a semester, but at the urging of CoSE faculty, I took it and it kickstarted my career. When I graduated, Boeing offered me a full time software engineering (SE) position.

In 2011, I was contacted by a recruiter at Amazon regarding an Android development position and jumped at the opportunity. ... I was contacted by Google in late 2014. After an intense round of interviews, I was extended an offer and have been with Google since."