Meet our Students

Meet these Computer Science and Engineering students to see what they’ve learned during their time at Taylor!

Caleb Dinsmore

Caleb Dinsmore

Computer Science/Systems, graduates May 2017

 

Where are you from?

My dad is in the Marine Corps so I’ve moved around a lot. Most recently I lived in Murrieta, California.

 

Why did you choose Taylor?
I had a friend who told me about Taylor. Since I was thinking about studying either computer science or professional writing, I decided to go to Taylor.

 

What kind of career are you most interested in?
I really like building applications and software for clients. I’d like to do that full-time, but in the long term I’d like to become a teacher or a professor, maybe at Taylor. Growing up I thought I should become a writer, but I was really interested in the idea of programming. It is surprisingly creative—you can build all sorts of things you can think of—and it’s exciting and fun to solve problems.

 

What’s been your favorite programming project?
I invented a program to see what the ideal Pokémon setup would be. It used a genetic algorithm, which simulates biological evolution and applies it to computer problem solving. The algorithm came up with a hilarious solution that worked but was really unexpected and funny—my algorithm’s winning team had like four Snorlaxes on them. (Snorlax is a silly, dumb Pokémon who is so lazy that all it does is eat and sleep.)

 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
This is kind of silly, but it honestly would be super useful. I would have the ability to manually schedule sleep. So if I chose to sleep from 9:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., my body would be strictly held to those times. Not only would I never have to worry about sleeping through my alarm, but I’d always have so much energy throughout the day. I could even take power naps in-between classes.

 

What’s your favorite computer-related joke?

Command line Russian Roulette:
[ $[ $RANDOM % 6 ] == 0 ] && rm -rf / || echo *Click*

Krista Hapner

Krista Hapner

Computer Science/Systems, graduates May 2018

 

Where are you from?

Muncie, Indiana

 

What’s been your favorite programming project?
In our advanced database concepts class, I created a system for parents to know if their kids’ school buses were running late. I liked designing a real-world project people would actually want to use.

 

What’s it like being a woman in computer science?
I used to be a little intimidated just because computer science seemed like a foreign language and sometimes I was the only woman in a class. But classmates and professors have just treated me the same as everyone else. And I’m just a regular person—if I can do it, you can do it.

*Men receive 81.9 percent of computer science bachelor’s degrees. At Taylor University, we encourage any student interested in STEM to pursue their interests!

 

What’s your favorite non-computer-related activity?
I love to cook. I almost went to culinary school, but I decided against it because if I worked at a restaurant all day I’d be too tired to cook at home. I also really love cats.

 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Invisibility would be pretty cool. Or something like a 3D printer where I could think of anything I wanted and it would just pop up.

Mitch Mays

Mitch Mays

Computer Science/Systems, graduates May 2017

 

Where are you from?
Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Why did you choose Taylor?

My parents, grandparents, uncle, and sister attended Taylor so I definitely had a deeper connection there. After looking at Taylor’s Computer Science program and other schools’ programs I was very impressed by what Taylor offered, especially the smaller class sizes.

 

What kind of career are you most interested in?
I’m interested in cognitive science, so I hope to attend grad school and study cognition or cognitive science. New technology relies pretty heavily on having a better understanding of the brain. Cognitive science needs a tag team of people who know all about the brain and then people who know the more technical side in order to build systems and applications.

 

What’s been your favorite programming project?
In our machine learning class, we could pick our own research topic. I found a data set of brain waves researchers recorded while people were flexing their fingers. At the end of my project, I could predict with about 93 percent accuracy what finger someone was flexing by looking at their brain data.

 

What’s your favorite non-computer-related activity?
Anything and everything. I like to be outdoors—I like to hike, rock-climb, slackline, and hang out with people.

 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Super speed. It’s better than any other super power because you can do basically anything with super speed if you’re smart. You could even fly if you made a suit where you would flap your arms super quickly.

Joyce Yu

Joyce

Joyce hiking during an internship in Colorado

▷ Systems Engineering, graduates May 2017

 

Where are you from?

Around Chicago

 

Why did you choose Taylor?

I applied to about 15 schools because I didn’t know what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. Then I sat in on an engineering class at Taylor and really enjoyed it. The professor started by praying and it was really refreshing and different from my public school experience.

 

What’s been your favorite class project?

One project was continuing building a small satellite. The Air Force Research Laboratory sponsored it and the previous graduating class handed the project down to my team.

 

What’s your favorite non-computer-related activity?

What free time? I’m in Chorale and piano lessons and I really love that. I like to make crafts like quilling—I do that in my theoretical free time.

 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

I would be fluent in all languages and travel the world.

Matthew White

Matthew

Matthew

Computer Engineering, graduates May 2017

 

Where are you from?
Greencastle, Indiana

 

What kind of career are you most interested in?
Embedded design, which is writing code for objects you wouldn’t normally think of as computers (e.g. digital watches and GPS). I think I like it because of the logical challenge and because the result is a bit more tactile than something that would be strictly software on a computer.

 

What’s been your favorite programming project?
In our embedded systems class, we built this light inside of a jar and programmed it such that when you tapped on the lid in a certain sequence it would do certain things. One tap turned it on, two taps turned it off, and three taps made it blink.

 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I would pause time so I could just think about stuff for a long time—kind of like a “spidey sense” where you see stuff in slow motion. I could use it when I’m driving in order to know exactly when it would be safe to turn and whatnot.

 

What’s the best computer-related joke you know?
Q. Why are computers so smart?
A. Because they listen to their motherboards.

Libby Edwards

Libby

Libby is studying Computer Science—Digital Media/Systems

Computer Science—Digital Media/Systems, graduates May 2017

 

Where are you from?
Kokomo, Indiana.

 

Why did you choose Taylor?
I actually went to IUPUI at first, but my boyfriend went to Taylor and I realized that IUPUI wasn’t a good fit for me. I got to be around campus at Taylor and realized this is a really nice place.

 

What kind of career are you most interested in?
I’ve been thinking a lot about user experience—I have the background knowledge of coding and how websites work and I also know the limitations. It’s really fun for me to combine the coding and art.

 

What’s it like being a woman in computer science?
With mostly guys, there isn’t as much drama as girls have. It’s definitely a different atmosphere.

*Men receive 81.9 percent of computer science bachelor’s degrees. At Taylor University, we encourage any student interested in STEM to pursue their interests!

 

Favorite programming project?
Last semester I took the Information Systems Design class. Our professor picked a client and we planned a website for the Center for Scripture Engagement. Maybe they’ll use our designs on their actual website.

 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Telekinesis. I’d save the world. And maybe I could make myself fly.

 

What’s the best computer-related joke you know?
Q. Why did the programmer need glasses?
A. Because he couldn’t C#.