Jae Hyun Choe
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Majors: Computer Science and Mathematics
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate chip
Best Adjective to Describe You: Driven
In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Pam. Alyce. Real world application. Use your computer in class.
What initially drew you to this department? What keeps you coming back?
Initially it took me 2 years to realize that I enjoyed the “Intro to Computer Science” course that I took in the very first quarter at K when I was thinking about which major(s) to declare and had no idea which to declare (read: pre-med). What keeps me coming back is the fact that what we learn in this department truly sparks my interest and many of the best people I know belong to this department.
What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Don't just stay in one department. Venture around for the first two years. Combining CS with other majors/fields develops powerful and practical knowledge. Even if you aren’t sure about computer science, I recommend that everyone take at least one course – you will need it!
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
CS is something that every field of study and professions use nowadays even if they don't know exactly how things work. It is heavily used in biology for things such as DNA sequencing (Bioinformatics), it’s used in chemistry with molecular reaction simulation and instrumental analyses, in physics for many things between pure computation to building humanoids, in business for database information and number analysis, and in many more ways. I did study all those above and more, and CS is something that connects all of them.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I've learned that people are what matters. Especially in a small community like K, where I see and talk to the same people for over 4 years. Forming good, solid relationships with people makes a world of difference.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
Mobile Computing is my favorite course at K because it is a course that put a whole year of CS courses that I took back all together into one.
What is your SIP?
Building an App for Children to Facilitate Learning English. My SIP advisor and I noticed a lack of worthy educational apps that are designed for children in their early developmental stage who need more help with learning. I'm working on an app that will use some educational psychology and technology that I've been learning for past years to help children to learn how to read.
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Gain a few years of experience in the field, then considering my options for future graduate schools for masters and doctoral degrees.