Alumni, Class of 2017
Anchorage, Alaska

Why did you choose Oregon Tech?

I'm a first generation college student, so one of my main concerns for choosing a college was how easy it would be to find a job right after graduation. I wanted to make sure that my investment would be worth it. Oregon Tech is the only school in the Pacific Northwest that offers a 96% employment rate within 6 months of graduating with my degree. I felt I could stay close to home with the comfort of knowing that I could find a job.

What do you like most about your major?

When I took my first programming class my first term in CSET, my professors talked about the "CSET Family." I had no idea what they were talking about until the middle of the term when I was struggling with the difficult concepts and heavy workload. I found that I can ask any student or professor for help and they will help if they can. Now that I'm a junior, other students come to me for help with their coursework. My favorite part my major is that the "CSET Family" pushes me to the limit, and a little farther, to make sure I will be a programmer prepared for any challenge, but they also provide support when it is needed.

What would be your dream job in your major?

One thing I love about software is how many different types of things I can do with it. I could make websites or write the code that controls a pacemaker. My dream is to make a big impact. I'm currently in a startup company that will provide small farmers with access to high technology by creating an inexpensive robotics kit to fit the equipment they already own. The kit will automate the farming equipment and collect field diagnostics to provide live updates for resource management. My hope is not only to make the lives of farmers easier, but to drive down the costs of growing and buying food for everyone. But once I finish with this project, I know that I'll have myriad options to choose from for my career shift.

What’s your favorite thing to do off campus?

To stay physically active, I like to go running, hiking, and biking. Klamath Falls has a lot of trails that it maintains for the community. I also like to stay connected with the goings-on, and I like to watch plays at the Linkville Playhouse or watch symphony concerts at the Ross Ragland Theatre. I like to do my homework away from home, and Gaucho’s Collective CoWorking space lets me work out in the community without the noise a café brings.

What’s your most memorable moment within your school career?

My most memorable moment in my school career was when I finally wrote my first game in C++: Blackjack. This was the first project that I had designed and built myself using what I learned in my other C++ classes. When I placed that first bet in-game, I realized that I am well on my way to being a software engineer.