Thomas P. Lohmuller '11

November 4, 2013

Double Major: Computer Science and Applied Music

Residence: Indianapolis, Ind.

What are you doing now? 

I am working full time at Scale Computing as the Tier I Technical Support Engineer, living in Indianapolis, and continuing to cultivate my musical abilities at the Pipe Organ.

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

I appreciated gaining the courage/support to install the Linux Operating System on my computer. This sparked my passion for learning in the technology field.

How did Core integrate with your major?

Core not only helped my research/presentation skills, but it taught me what I value in life. It also taught me how to critically determine what I believe in and why and how to articulate what it is that I believe in. No matter what your major is, this is essential to having a successful career in any field.

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

Give it 100% in all of your classes and homework assignments. Your teachers will notice if you're willing to go the extra mile, and will be more than happy to assist you with anything as long as you're putting forth the effort to do the work.

How were both Prof. Coy and Prof. Capouch helpful to you?

Dr. Coy has one of the most successful and organized classes I have ever been in. She never throws too much at you. There is plenty of time to complete all assignments (homework, labs, projects) and she even allows you to work ahead to turn things in early. Also, there wasn't ever anything I couldn't go to her office hours for assistance with that should wouldn't drop everything she was doing to help me to understand further. If there was a part of a project that I couldn't quite get, she was always there at her office hours to assist me in getting over the hump.

Your class is never really over at the end of the day with Brian Capouch as your professor. There is always something further to be researched or expanded upon. He also likes when you take the knowledge you learn in class outside of the classroom into your everyday life. For me, after taking the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) class, I took what we learned in the class to develop my own telephone system that eliminated my need to pay big phone companies for a $50-60/month mobile phone plan. As long as I had access to wifi, I could send and receive calls at a price of about $.02/minute. I know that Prof. Capouch was very proud of me for this.

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