Mike Lyon '11

July 24, 2013

Major: Computer Science

Residence: Zionsville, Ind.

What are you doing now?

I am a Tier 4 Storage Engineer at Scale Computing in Indianapolis, Ind.

What experiences did you appreciate most in the SJC CS Department?

The ability to understand the fundamentals and theories behind computing, applying those theories in practice with diverse platforms, and exposure to an immense cross-section of languages helped to build and refine my technical acumen.

How did Core integrate with your major?

Being worldly and cultured is more than a passport stamp. Core taught me that. Core underscored the notion that understanding the cultures and diversity on our planet gave me insight into how interconnected we are at a personal level and how that plays into why technology has taken such a strong foothold in our world.

What advice would you give to a prospective student looking to major in CS at SJC?

Do not start with any preconceived notions or expectations about what you think you want to learn because you will learn so much more than you imagined. Technology has grown so much and learning what seem like rather unimportant fundamentals will come back and help you stand out as a graduate. Employers look for people specifically with Computer Science degrees, as CS degrees teach the theory; if you can understand the theory, then the practice is second nature!

How were Professor Coy and Professor Capouch helpful to you?

Dr. Coy was able to take concepts that are fundamental to the theory behind being a successful computer scientist and make those concepts become understandable and meaningful. She highlighted and taught us how to critically think through problems and use techniques to solve problems and complete tasks. Her demeanor worked with me, as an adult student who had experience in the technology field just as well as it worked with my classmates who were future technologists. Beyond that, Dr. Coy was constantly accessible and made herself available to answer questions, and provide guidance.

Prof. Capouch was the energy behind what made learning at SJC fun. He was, and always will be passionate about not just the theory and practicum needed to succeed after graduation, but passionate about his students, on an individual level. His frantic excitement was contagious and made learning truly fun and exciting. His innovation and devotion to the art of computer science ensured a curriculum and class that meant you would be forging a new path, building something tangible and unique, something that may have never been done before. The excitement of developing something organically as a team or class is what makes CS attractive.

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    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.