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Liam Lundy

Computer Science

Email:k13ll01@kzoo.edu
Hometown:
Evanston, IL
Majors:
Computer Science and Mathematics
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Moose Tracks
Best Adjective to Describe You:
Driven


In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Understand your world and learn to create!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I was initially drawn to computer science because of my interest in physics and my wish to learn about modeling systems through code. I keep coming back because there is so much to learn and the chance to create new, creative and interesting projects is something that I can’t pass up.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Learn about the concepts and theory behind computer science (take a math class or two as well), but also make sure you find time to put your new knowledge into practice either at an internship, through personal projects or through collaboration with other students in the department!

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Since technology is so prevalent in our lives, I always find a way to connect my knowledge to my interests. In the past I have written a website for my ultimate Frisbee team, created apps to keep track of my projects and automated mathematical analysis through code. With computer science I always find new and useful ways to integrate the skills and knowledge I have developed at the CS department at K with my current interests and activities.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I’ve learned that it is important to define success as more than just getting good grades or securing a good job. Happiness is something that occurs for a multitude of reasons and understanding what those are for yourself is just as important as academics. For me, this means leading a balanced life and striving for excellence academically but also participating in students groups and athletic teams and finding a really solid and supportive friend group.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K was Abstract Algebra. I was fascinated by the theory of groups and rings and how they applied to all the other knowledge I had accumulated in all the various computer science and math courses I has taken. It was amazing to see how so much information can be distilled into a small set of axioms that can describe so much of our world.

What is your SIP?
I’m doing my SIP about best practices in the field of Computer Science. So I’m looking at various ways of organizing projects, communicating effectively and creating readable, maintainable code.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
After K I will be working at Nielsen as a Software Engineer. I will write code, help design products and fix bugs in existing applications. Eventually I would like to get a masters or PhD and continue exploring my interests in mathematics and computer science.

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