Hometown: Sturgeon Bay, WI
High School: Sevastopol High School
Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
Job After Graduation: Steve started his new job as Software Engineer on May 27, 2014 at Pinnacle Partners, in the custom software solutions division (Pinnacle IT Solutions), located in Indianapolis. His responsibilities are to work on custom software and web solutions for clients, primarily in C# and ASP.NET using the MVC framework. When asked how SJC prepared him for this job, Steve said, "The programming languages and methodologies that I will be using at my new job are things I did not study in the Dept. of Computer Science. The main way SJC helped was to teach me how to learn new things quickly and effectively to adapt to changing aspects in the world of software and help my career."
Real-life Experience: As a result of the investigations he and other students did in a Computer Science class on Web Real-Time Communication (webRTC), Steve will be one of a group of representatives of Saint Joseph’s College when he attends this year’s O’Reilly Open Source Conference (OSCON), the premier gathering of the open source community, in Portland in July.
The group will present their findings on aspects of Web Real-Time Communication (webRTC). webRTC allows a browser to conduct audio, video, and screen sharing with another browser without the need for a server to act as a middleman. webRTC includes such applications as Google Hangouts and a few other very new products. Read the story about this.
Clubs & Activities
Men's Soccer, Freshman STEM Program Mentor, Senior Lab Monitor
I chose SJC because I am from a small town and a small high school, and I prefer to have that atmosphere. I chose the College over others because I felt like I could have a close-knit group of friends and good relationships with my professors.
The Core Program
The Core Program is useful in gaining a better understanding of other people’s perspectives, while also building a foundation of knowledge in many areas. The Core Program covers areas of study outside of my majors, such as history, literature, science, and philosophy. Core is not only helping me gain expertise in my majors, but a wide range of knowledge in many areas.
Personal Attention from Faculty
The Computer Science faculty, Brian Capouch and Jennifer Coy, are very helpful and give personal attention when you need help. They literally give students 24-hour assistance if we have questions. With their lessons, they almost always give a relation to outside applications and keep up with the latest topics in the field of Computer Science, helping the Computer Science majors be well prepared for our future jobs.
Faith & Service
I am not a Catholic, but I still feel that there is an urge to explore one's own faith at SJC. From my perspective, the study of Christianity is not for conversion, but for the comparison of how faith can be viewed. This teaching has helped me shape my own beliefs.
Leadership & Hands-on Experience
I did an internship on campus in the Computer Center and was able to get real-world experience in technical support and web application development. In addition to this, I am a mentor for the Freshman STEM Program, where I help freshmen STEM majors become better students and explore research opportunities. Because this is a new program, these research opportunities are also exciting to me.
Plans for the Future
I plan to find a job related to my studies in Computer Science, focusing on software development or system administration.
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