What's your major?
What inspired you to choose this major?
Both of my parents are engineers. I grew up playing with a lot of legos and I was on the robotics club in high school and I really enjoyed it. I thought it might be something that I wanted to pursue as a career. When I heard that Santa Cruz had a robotics engineering program, I looked into it and it looked really interesting and here we are.
What do you hope to achieve in the future?
In the future, I hope to work in the field of robotics and automation, obviously. I’m really interested in unmanned autonomous vehicles and the career possibilities there. I’m also really interested in self-driving cars, as they are a really big thing right now. Basically I want to be Elon Musk in 20 years, so stick around.
Are you working on any labs right now on campus?
I don’t do anything on campus but I am working for a start up right now as a software developer and then I have a couple different offers for this summer that I am looking into.
What's your favorite class that you have taken at BSOE?
I took mechatronics last quarter. It was a blast. I’ve loved it more than anything else I’ve ever done. I really appreciated the ability to get hands on with robotics and actually be able to build a robot and code it. It was really, really intensive. I recorded my time spent; it was about 70 hours a week in lab, all quarter. It showed me that this is definitely the thing I want to do because even when it was really hard and really frustrating and long hours, I still was having a great time.
If you could be any animal on campus, what would you be?
A banana slug, obviously. That's the mascot and I have to be patriotic. No, I’m kidding. I would probably be the Stevenson turkey because he’s pretty cool.