The Pollak Library and Irvine Campus Library are among the largest employers of student assistants at Cal State Fullerton. We have a long history of recruiting and mentoring talented students from across all majors, and are now actively engaged in the campus-wide strategic goal of developing High Impact Practices (HIPs) for these students to help them better succeed in their educational and professional goals. The work they do for us is invaluable, and our libraries could not deliver the high level of services we provide to our campus community and the public without their efforts and expertise.
Meet Student Assistant Programmer Raxit Solanki!
What is your name and student job title?
My name is Raxit Solanki and my job title is Student Assistant Programmer.
In what section or unit of the Pollak Library do you work?
I work in the Library Systems unit.
What is your student job in a nutshell?
I am working on a few projects in parallel. One of the projects is on Natural Language Processing, where we parse bibliographic references in languages other than English (i.e. like Latin, French, Dutch, etc.) to extract and recognize authors, publication dates, language, location, etc. In another project, my team is experimenting with digital assistants to search books, journals, and articles available through the Pollak Library. Along will these, I also work on routine web matters like ATI (Accessible Technology Initiative) compliancy.
What are you working on right now?
I am working on technical areas like data analysis, NLP (Natural Language Processing), AI (Artificial Intelligence), and web technologies.
How long have you been at the Pollak Library?
I have been working at the Pollak Library around six months.
Have you held any other jobs with Cal State Fullerton?
Do you have a favorite accomplishment at the Pollak Library?
I am part of the CSUF Pollak Library Systems Team. It is my best accomplishment. I am fortunate that I am part of a novel organization who serves the community in the field of education and science.
What are your major/degree and/or graduate field, and intended date of completion for your current degree?
I am pursuing a Masters degree in Computer Science. My tentative graduation date is Spring 2019.
What career/s are you interested in?
I would like to pursue a career in research of leading technologies, like data science and artificial intelligence.
Has your student work at the Pollak Library helped prepare you for your future career field?
Yes, definitely. I am working on cutting edge technologies, which are currently trending in the IT industry.
What are your passions or interests outside of work and school?
I am passionate about music and dancing.