Meet our Computer Science and Information Technology students

Our students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in fast-paced professions

Malaika Yadav Nakkala

Master of Information and Communication Technology graduate, Malaika Yadav Nakkala (pictured above), has secured a place in Telstra’s graduate program.

“I studied electronics and communication engineering as an undergraduate, and discovered an interest in networking,” says Nakkala. “I decided to pursue postgraduate studies at La Trobe because it is a world-class university, with fantastic facilities and a supportive environment.”

Nakkala honed her practical skills in a group-based industry development project. “It gave me the opportunity to put my theoretical learning into practice, and learn about different approaches to tackling problems through collaboration,” she says.

“The knowledge and skills I’ve developed will help me to bring innovation to telecommunication projects. Landing a job at the end of my studies is a dream come true. Eventually, I want to help improve telecommunications in my home city of Hyderabad, South India.”

Ritu Dahiya

Ritu Dahiya has recently completed our Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science) degree.

“The degree helped set me up for a successful career,” says Dahiya.

“I was equipped with a broad range of skills that are essential to the work I do now. Some subjects gave me technical skills required by industry, and other subjects taught me how best to handle crisis situations.”

Dahiya is now working as a Cybersecurity Risk Analyst for Afterpay.

“I work in governance, risk and Compliance. My role involves third-party risk assessment, risk management and auditing against best industry security standards,” she says.

“I love collaborating with other teams and having the opportunity to learn different technologies that enhance my skill set. It gives me immense satisfaction to be part of work that helps both me and my organisation grow.”

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