UWF degree and year of graduation:
BS Computer Science, ’06
As you look back at your days at UWF, describe your best memory.
My favorite experience from UWF was completing an independent research project as an elective. With the expert guidance of John Coffey, I researched and wrote an extensive thesis about genetic algorithms. The project allowed me to think outside of what was being taught and to learn more about something I was interested in. A condensed version of my paper was accepted to the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference in 2006, and I was honored to present my paper and represent UWF at the conference. The whole experience gave me a tremendous boost of self-confidence in my problem-solving and writing abilities. I will always cherish the memory as one of the best times of my life.
While you were at UWF, what did you think was its most outstanding and/or unique quality?
The best thing about UWF is its naturally beautiful campus. Walking to class was a pleasant experience. The large network of trails behind campus provided a great place to jog and mountain bike. The boardwalk trail was a nice, shady walk through the woods. Canoeing on the bayou was always an adventure, especially when we caught glimpses of alligators! I was drawn to UWF because it felt closer to nature than any of the other Florida universities I visited.
As you reflect, did your education at UWF have an impact on where you are today?
My education had a huge impact on where I am today. Without the technical and problem-solving skills I learned at UWF, I would not be able to survive in my current career.
Describe what you do/did professionally including the type of company you work for.
I am a software engineer at Harris Corporation, a contractor that engineers various technologies for the government. At Harris, I have designed, written and tested software for the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Defense.
What advice would you give students today who were looking at studying one of the disciplines in the School of Science and Engineering?
Take advantage of the new facilities! Do more than just your class work. Explore the labs, talk to professors and find extracurricular activities that you enjoy. Take the time to research something that intrigues you. Start a project with fellow students. Trying new things is the best way to find what you like and develop a passion for learning.
Share one thing about yourself that would give others insight into your interests, hobbies, etc.
I love being outside in nature: jogging, biking, hiking, camping, swimming, skim boarding, surfing and more. My love of the outdoors is the main reason UWF was a perfect fit for me.