“The networking opportunities with the local game development industry are also unparalleled by any other school.”
Major: Computer Science — Game Development track
Hometown: Millersville, Maryland
Game Developers Club: Project Lead/Programming Lead for the game Arcade Hero
Why did you chose UMBC?
The courses are taught by industry professionals who really let you know what to expect after graduation and how to tackle any challenges you may come across. The networking opportunities with the local game development industry are also unparalleled by any other school.
What do you love about UMBC?
The curriculum is challenging and gives me the feeling that I’m getting everything I can possibly get out of going here. The school’s organizations are also closely tied with professionals in your desired industry and allow for networking that just wouldn’t be possible elsewhere. It allows students to get a head start on their careers just for simply being here.
What would you say to a prospective student?
If you’re ready to work hard and truly accomplish your goals, then you’re already halfway to your degree. UMBC is a place for those who are excited for a challenge and takes advantage of all the resources available here to overcome them.
What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
The Data Structures class that every Computer Science student must take was easily the best course I have taken. It gave me a taste for what is possible with code and how utilizing this tool set can get me anywhere my heart desires. It was the class that really let me know that this is what I want to do for the rest of my professional career.
What are you researching? Have you participated in URCAD (Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day)?
I am part of the Game Development Club where we create a game from the ground up for the academic year. The games provide us with the experience of working in a team where everyone comes from different fields and how we need to learn how to work with each other’s disciplines to accomplish our goal. When the games are finished they are presented at URCAD where we receive helpful feedback from other students. Then shortly after URCAD, we present our games to professional game developers, from studios like Firaxis and Big Huge Games, at the Digital Entertainment Conference.
What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
A Computer Science degree from UMBC is invaluable and will open up doors to opportunities all over the country. I hope to take my talents and the knowledge acquired here to the heart of the tech industry on the West Coast and make my mark.