BA Philosophy '10, MA '11
His ability to quickly determine the pivotal point of disagreement in a discussion helps Alex understand his colleague's point of view.
Alex graduated from Dalhousie with a BA in Philosophy (Honours) in 2010. Alex was drawn to Philosophy due to its emphasis on critical analysis skills and its challenging and thought provoking community. The study of Philosophy is a wonderful way to be opened up to new ideas, be challenged on your own assumptions, and become aware of how to identify the central issues of a debate. Alex's enthusiasm for Philosophy was inspired, in no small part, by the department's faculty, who excel at encouraging and pushing students to achieve their best. Alex was awarded the University Medal in Philosophy for his graduating class as well as an SSHRC scholarship, which he carried to the University of Western Ontario while completing his MA (2011).
Today, Alex is a Senior Software Engineer with QRA, a software company full of physicists, software engineers, and entrepreneurs developing software for validating and verifying safety and mission critical systems. Alex's role includes elements of software development, logical analysis, technical writing, and management. The skills he developed in the Philosophy classroom are used on a daily basis. The ability to carefully consider and think critically about complex problems helps Alex understand the structure of and interactions between software technologies, and helps him distinguish himself in the highly competitive environment of software development. His ability to quickly determine the pivotal point of disagreement in a discussion helps Alex understand his colleague's point of view, and the written and verbal language skills that Philosophy develops helps him to clearly promote his own view.