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From Valedictorian to Systems Engineer


Last year at this time, Boyan Kelchev ’09 was preparing to walk across the Jenny Craig Pavilion stage to deliver his commencement speech as USD’s valedictorian. There were hundreds of pairs of eyes on him at the College of Arts and Sciences ceremony as Kelchev bestowed advice and well-wishes as one of the university’s top students.

One year later, with the hard work and studying behind him, the scene is slightly, well, different. The real world that many college students fear has hit home. But for Kelchev, it’s a world that is certainly no less challenging or exciting.

Using his computer science degree, Kelchev currently works for Forward Slope Inc. (FSI), a technology company that provides technical and financial consulting services to commercial and U.S. Department of Defense clients. “I work as a systems engineer, focusing mostly on software, and I am able to use much of what I learned in the mathematics and computer science departments,” Kelchev said.  (Full Story Inside USD)

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