Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin
Software Engineer at Optum
At Carthage, Ashley Gorman ’22 majored in data science and minored in computer science and mathematics. She now works at Optum as a software engineer. Ms. Gorman’s day-to-day work involves writing data models to support her company’s web application, automating jobs to sync data into databases, investigating any discrepancies in the data, and fixing bugs on the back end.
“The freedom to take many courses outside of my major and explore various disciplines helped me become well rounded and adaptable. Versatility is crucial in making decisions and solving problems.”
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
“I get exposure to many different tools and technologies at my job. I’ve had the chance to work on side projects involving dashboarding, machine learning, and generative AI. The technology industry moves fast, and I’m fortunate that my role empowers me to stay on top of trends.”
How has your liberal arts education benefitted you?
“One of the key elements of my job is tailoring my communication style to my audience, whether I’m speaking with a senior engineer, a new trainee, a product owner, or any other stakeholder. My liberal arts education gave me the foundation to see things from different perspectives, allowing me to meet people where they are and communicate effectively.”
Why did you choose Carthage?
“I liked the idea of small class sizes and the ability to build lasting relationships with my professors.”
What opportunities were made possible because of your Carthage experience?
“I had the privilege of participating in research with the Neuroscience Department and presenting my team’s work at virtual conferences. Working on an applied project gave me practical experience, enhanced my technical and soft skills, and became a highlight on my résumé.”
What Carthage professors played a part in your success and how?
“Professor Steve Henle created opportunities for me to enrich my computational skills while contributing meaningfully to neuroscience research. Professor Mark Snavely guided me through the process of creating my data science portfolio and provided lots of helpful feedback along the way. Professor Erlan Wheeler encouraged my passion for data and continuous learning. I’m grateful to all of them and many more.”