Tim Dunn '19, BS Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Hometown: Penfield, N.Y.
I knew I'd like electrical engineering and computer science, and I came in with enough transfer credits to do both majors in four years — so that's what I'm doing. I'm keeping busy, which is just how I like it.
When I was choosing colleges, Clarkson won me over with the opportunities offered by the Honors Program and the Nordic ski team, as well as by the possibility of participating in research and getting to know professors as an undergraduate (because Clarkson is a smaller University), the Outing Club, the proximity to the Adirondacks and, of course, the merit scholarships.
Now I can add that being a student here has given me wonderful opportunities to perform research as an undergrad — and earn a Goldwater Scholarship! — to learn how to balance work and fun and to experience incredible summer internships.
For example, last summer I stayed on campus to work with Prof. Sean Banerjee in his lab. I learned how to do parallel programming there, which is one reason that I got hired this summer to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The lab had an X-ray ptychography project, and my role was to alter the image-reconstruction code so that it could run on conventional computers, as well as on a GPU cluster. I did the reconfiguration, and it worked well, so we moved on to trying other new algorithms. It was pretty cool.
I had been out West years ago on a family trip to visit national parks, and I wanted to see the region again. I had a great time. Los Alamos has 8,000–10,000 employees and adds another 1,000–2,000 student interns in the summer, so there was definitely a lot to do. I loved the trails and the opportunity to go mountain biking!
On campus, I enjoy playing sports as a break from studying. Last year, I formed the Juggling Club with a couple of friends. It's pretty small, but we usually meet once a week for an hour. I've always been actively involved in sports, clubs and academics, so I knew how to balance a large workload before arriving for my freshman year. It's a good skill to have!
At this point, I'm not sure whether I would like to join industry or continue my education in graduate school. I have two more years until I graduate, and I know I can count on good advice from the Career Center and my professors. I'm confident that whatever comes will be good.