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Clarkson Student Spotlight: January '11

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Aaron Kreher ’12
Software Engineering

If you’re trying to find junior Aaron Kreher on campus, there’s a good chance he’s in one of two places: Fuller pool, or the Clarkson Open Source Institute (COSI) lab in the Science Center. Why? As a member of Clarkson’s varsity swim team, Aaron spends lots of time working on his butterfly and freestyle (or maybe just sitting in the hot tub). And as a software engineering major, he has an affinity for tinkering with computers, so he’s a member of COSI, a club that meets every week in their Linux-based lab to review class projects and offer tutorials and workshops for their fellow students. Pretty sweet, huh? Luckily, we were able to track the Clarence Center, NY native down and learn a few more fun facts about him. 

Q: Tell us something people would be surprised to know about you.
A: My family owns a poultry farm. We distribute Eggland’s Best eggs to most of New York.

Q: What has been your favorite class so far or your favorite professor?
A: Professor Lou Ann Lange is a fantastic woman. Her sense of humor is much like my own -- very dry and sharp, and based on knowledge that most people don’t possess. 

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
A: Longevity. There is so much to experience in this world; I feel like I could never have enough time to take it all in.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Video games. Specifically PC games because console games are too slow for me. Halo and Call of Duty can’t compare to Quake and Dystopia. RPGs (role-playing games) are good, too, and the worse the graphics are, the better the game is.

Q: Who are your heroes?
A: My high school swim coaches, Eric McClaren and Russ Sampson, taught me so much. Their guidance was a major influence in my life. Under them, I learned self-respect, perseverance, humility, and how to be part of a team.

Q: What unique experiences have you had at Clarkson?
A: Meeting people from such different backgrounds and with such different viewpoints has made me realize just how diverse the world is - in a good way.

Q: What are your goals for the future?
A: I’d like to get a job in network security, and I would prefer to be on the offensive side. With all the new developments happening everyday with technology, both the government and the private sector are going to have to stay on top of their game!

Q: If you could reincarnate as any animal, which would it be? Why?
A: An octopus. They are extremely intelligent, and their bodies are just plain better than human bodies.

Q: Who is your favorite musician/band and why?
A: Pendulum. They have a sound I like, and a lot of energy!

Q: What is your favorite thing about January?
A: When everything is covered with a thick layer of snow, the sun shines brightly, you cannot hear a sound, and nothing moves. Then I stay in bed as long as I can.

Q: What does “defy convention” mean to you?
A: To me, “defy convention” is a call to do something unexpected. Only by pushing the boundaries can we truly advance society.


What other interesting students call Clarkson home? Find out!

Aaron Kreher