Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Concentration in Cybersecurity and a Minor in Sociology
Current Position and Company:
Systems Engineer at Agile5 Technologies
What brought you to Fairmont State University?:
There were three core reasons that brought me to FSU. The first was the degree program. I wanted to study cybersecurity and the degree was offered at FSU and not many other places in the area at the time. I was too very blessed to receive scholarships to cover all my tuition during my studies. WV is an awesome place with great people, and I wanted to continue to be part of the local community during my studies.
Were you a commuter or a resident?:
A commuter, I lived very close by within walking distance.
What activities were you involved with as a student?:
During almost all of my time at FSU I was working at NASA. Activities that I was involved in was centered around my internship, recruiting, and partnership events.
Of all the classes you took, what is the one class you would recommend everyone take? Who taught it? Why would you recommend it?:
I really enjoyed the intro sociology class by Professor Kast. Being from a totally different degree program, taking a different class really introduced me to a different way of thinking. I enjoyed it so much I ended up minoring in sociology.
Did you have a favorite professor, staff member, coach, or mentor who really impacted your life?:
I am extremely grateful for the many people who have impacted my life during my studies. With the fear of leaving someone out, as I’m sure I accidentally will, here are people who have made a positive impact in my life while at FSU. Professors Devine, Professor LaRue, Professor Baker, Professor Hossain, Professor Kast, Professor Schwer, Professor Abruzzino, Professor Clark, Chief Swain, Ken, Jess, Manny, and Don.
Share your best college memory.:
One of my best college memories is walking on the campus between classes with friends during the different seasons and admiring the beauty of everything.
What do you remember most vividly from your time at Fairmont State?:
I most vividly remember sitting in the Engineering Technology building working on computer science projects with other classmates and professors.
Describe Fairmont State in three words.:
Community. Possibility. Distinctive.
What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?:
Life is not a race; it is a journey. Be sure to slow down and enjoy the journey and not always be in a rush for the next thing.
How did your experience at Fairmont State shape your career path?:
Fairmont State exposed me to multiple disciplines to become a well around professional that is able to contribute through different types of opportunities and have the confidence to do so.
What advice or insight do you have for Fairmont State alumni and students interested in your career field?:
Compute Science and Cybersecurity encompass so many different career paths. My advice would be to explore all the different areas such as software engineering, penetration testing, artificial intelligence, along with the many others. Doing this will allow the student to experience the different disciplines to see what interest them most.
What is the last book you read? :
Choice Theory by William Glasser
List 3-5 fun facts about yourself that most people probably wouldn’t know. :