Meet CSE Students

Kimi Yackel

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Where are you from? Hopewell Jct, New York

Why Taylor? I wanted to go to a Christian school where the students actually care about each other, God, and their studies. I also was really interested in computer science, so Taylor was the best choice.

When will you graduate? Late 2014

What has been your favorite programming assignment I’ve enjoyed working with Lego NXT bricks and creating robots that can track and move towards a source of light, among other things. Most of the AI programming that we do is actually a lot of fun.

Favorite non-computer related activity? I love hiking or basically going on any adventure.

Favorite beverage? Coffee, obviously. It’s life in a mug.

What has been your favorite thing about Taylor not related to the CSE department?
Definitely the people. I’ve made some of my best friends here at Taylor. They can be real and honest with you and vice versa. In many ways I’ve just been super blessed with all the people I’ve been able to get to know and be close to.

Best computer joke you know? xkcd.com/compiling

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Trent Stegink

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Where are you from? I am from a town just outside of Chicago on the north side called Park Ridge.

When will you graduate? I will graduate in the Spring of 2016, if all goes according to plan.

What is your major? I am a Computer Science/Systems and Media/Audio Production double major. It is a lot of work and I won’t be able to graduate in four years due to the heavy courseload, so I’ll be taking the famous “victory lap” in the form of a fifth year.

Why Taylor? I actually came to Taylor because of the Media Communication department–the environment and the family-like nature of the department really did wonders to represent the school as a whole. Also they do some really cool projects in the Media
Communication department and I really enjoy making some cool videos and audio projects when I can. It wasn’t until after I had been accepted and committed to Taylor for production that I discovered my interest in and love for programming and computer science.

Favorite computer science assignment? My favorite programming assignment that I have done at Taylor would be the recursive maze escape assignment that we did in COS 121. I really liked it for many reasons, it was the first assignment that recursion really clicked
for me and it was one of the first assignments that REALLY pushed me and forced me to think on it for several days before I was able to complete it.

Favorite computer-related joke? “Always code as if the person who ends up maintaining your code is a violent psychopath who knows where you live.”

What’s something you enjoy that’s not Computer Science? I enjoy video editing quite a bit. Taking a large amount of unorganized footage and having to create order out of it and pull a story out of it even though it can be stressful at times is a blast and a lot of
times you end up with a really cool project at the end of it.

Preferred OS and browser? My preferred OS would be Mac OSX 10.7 Lion. My favorite browser would be IE (just kidding, it is actually Chrome).

Favorite beverage? Whenever I am working on a project, wether it is a programming assignment, a video or audio project or working on anything else really I enjoy having a can of Monster Energy by my side. It wakes me up and keeps me focused.

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Adam Keenan

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Where are you from? Corunna, MI

Why Taylor? Taylor’s a Christian university known for it’s great computer science program, so it seemed a great fit for me.

When will you graduate? 2015 with a Computer science/systems degree.

What has been your favorite programming assignment A frogger-esque bible trivia application I made for Android in Mobile Computing class.

Favorite non-computer related activity? Sleep.

Favorite beverage? Milkis (look it up)

Preferred OS and Browser? Most Unix-based operating systems. I use OS X right now, and Chrome is great.

What’s something fun you’ve programmed/are programming outside of class?
I am currently developing two games on my own. In one of them, I am combining concepts from Minecraft and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Finally, if you could have a superpower, what would it be? Telekinesis all the way.

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Jacob Baranowski

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Where are you from? I am from Metamora, a small town near Peoria, IL.

When will you graduate? If all goes as planned I should graduate in 2013.

What is your major? Computer Engineering.

You’re a transfer, why the switch? That’s actually a funny story, see I had absolutely no intention of transferring. I came here over spring break last year to visit a friend and just sort of fell in love with the place. I know it can sometimes sound cliche to talk
about community here at Taylor, but in all honesty, that’s what drew me in. Not only does Taylor have an accredited Computer Engineering program but it all happens in a community that exemplifies real Christ-centered living. How can you beat that?!

What do you like most about the CSE department? I guess I would say their dedication to your success and their genuine desire to get to know you.

What is your favorite computer-related activity? This sounds really geeky, but I guess that’s to be expected. I really enjoy going on computer manufacture’s websites and building my own computers even though I have no intention of buying them.

What is your favorite non-computer-related activity? I love singing and basically all things music related.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? Why? This was kind of a joke that we used to have in my calculus class in high school, but this makes sense if you’ve ever done u-substitution in calculus. My super power would be to always pick the correct “u”
because its’ so amazingly frustrating when you pick the wrong one and work through large portion of the problem for nothing!

Favorite beverage? Milk. (I know, I’m weird and what makes it worse is that I hate Mountain Dew which I’m pretty sure runs in the veins of some computer science majors.)

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