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Humans of BSOE

Computer Science
I've had people come up to me and say, “your class is the reason I got an internship or a job offer,” and that is wonderful. It's definitely one of my prouder moments.
Electrical and Computer Engineering

I spent many years in the reading room when radiologists were reading and looking at the patient images and observing what their struggles are... I think that [my device] could be very instrumental in helping a radiologist to improve head and neck cancer management.
Computer Science and Engineering

We want to provide greater context around online content for consumers, and reduce the amount of time people have to devote to sorting through information.
Undergraduate Affairs and MEP

It is important to have a community, especially for students of color because it's easy to feel like you're erased, that you don't belong somewhere because historically you're not a part of that group, but things have to change and things are changing, and it's so important to have diversity in tech.
Biomolecular Engineering

It is just amazing to see what people my age can do with the resources that we have at universities. It makes you feel like we can really do something good for the future. I think we have potential to really save this earth
UCSC alumnus David Patmore sitting at his desk at Kioxia America
Computer Science and Engineering

The Ph.D. experience allowed me to mature as a person. I learned to function in an environment where I had to figure out the parameters myself. I came out of UCSC with self confidence and the ability to figure out a solution and explain it to an audience.
Computer Science and Engineering

I super recommend taking a class like CSE 115A where you finally get to build something that you want to build... We are all used to doing homework assignments, so when you actually have to make that leap, it is really amazing the amount of growth that comes from that.
Biomolecular Engineering

What I would consider to be a career well-performed would be one in which I would be able to answer this question: How do stem cells think?
Electrical and Computer Engineering

I think for any entrepreneur you just have to be ready that it's going to be tougher than you think, but at the end of the day, even if you fail, you're going to learn so much.... it's going to be so hard, so be ready for that, but it's, it's worth the ride.
Alumna Sabrina Tsui
Computer Science and Engineering

I sat in on some of the seminars in Professor Derrell Long’s group in the Storage Systems Research Center. They have a seminar every week, and I came and listened to all the grad students talk about how they were progressing on their research projects, and that made me want to pursue graduate school.
Electrical and Computer Engineering

I use millions of nanoprobes to detect the activity of neurons non-invasively. My new probe has a lot of potential applications but one of the ones I want to mention is that it could help us to develop a high-bandwidth brain/machine interfaces, and we could use that to develop prostheses for people with disabilities.
Computer Science and Engineering

I love the fact that [my lab] will encourage you no matter what you want to research on... They are really open to listening, and not just listening but also discussing, and they won’t put you down if your ideas don’t match theirs. There is a lot of healthy discussion going on all the time, even during lunch breaks.
Computer Science and Engineering

Even when I was a kid, I was really interested in making computers do things they weren’t supposed to... After school, I worked for the National Security Agency for a long time, and it really motivated me to see how important it is to secure computers when lives are on the line.
Computer Science and Engineering

My research revolves around preventing pressure injuries... A lot of research is about developing a specific new technology that will prevent pressure injuries, but I am kind of taking a more system approach for which you can use any technology and apply it.
Computer Science and Engineering

I would ask the incoming class of female engineers to join clubs like Society of Women Engineers, AMC-W, and Girls Who Code to build a strong network of women around them... That is what has helped me get through high school and college, and I really want incoming students to find a strong group of women to help them as well.
Jackie Roger
Bimolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics

I feel like I have had such incredible mentors at UCSC, and so much of what I have learned and the passion that I have developed for bioinformatics has been a product of the wonderful mentorship that I have had around me, so it has been really great to be able to take that full circle and provide that same thing for other undergraduate students.
Electrical Engineering

I would say to any incoming students, if you see any club or any activity that really inspires you or seems like something you would want to do, even if you are not really sure, just go for it. When I started school here, I was a very shy person so I pushed myself to become a global leader, and that really pushed me outside of my comfort circle.
Computer Science and Engineering

My research focuses mainly on different applications of machine learning and deep learning in the medical field for diagnosing different diseases. For example, I am working with the UC San Francisco Epilepsy Lab to try to predict the onset of seizures in patients and detect if there is a way to identify factors that have to do with initiation and termination of seizures so that we can kind of control patients between these two.
Biomolecular Engineering

Currently, my project is engineering zymomonas mobilis, a unique organism that has a specific metabolic pathway that helps increase the production of biofuels, specifically ethanol and butanol... Fossil fuels are quickly becoming depleted and are very toxic, so if we were able to find a sustainable synthetic source of fuel, it would be extremely beneficial for overall environmental health.
Technology and Information Management

If I have any advice that I would give to incoming students about starting something, I would say just start going to a club meeting. Find a community or an organization that you enjoy, that you are passionate about, and just start being a presence.
MESA Engineering

I spend a lot of time encouraging and acknowledging their natural brilliance and their right to be here. That’s something I really love to do for our students. It’s important, particularly for engineers, for those in what we call the hard sciences there’s not a lot of warm fuzzies floating around, not a lot of the human touch and as humans we are starved for that.
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Everyone should study engineering. It opens up so many opportunities. Once you learn the basics of, not just how our world works, but how to make things, nothing is beyond your capabilities anymore and I absolutely love that.
Computer Science and Engineering

I’m doing both computer science and the game design major because they’re both computer science degrees, so there’s a lot of overlap but there are significant differences. I get a lot more practical experience that I can apply toward industry with game design, but because of the academic focus of computer science degree I also get that foresight on technology and where I should be applying my insight. I feel like a much more well-rounded person doing that.
Sarah Mitchell, '19 graduated with a BS in electrical engineering and mathematics
Electrical Engineering

I joined the Applied Optics Lab under Professor Holger Schmidt. There I worked with grad students on microfluidic distributed feedback lasers. These are basically lasers made of microscopic channels of liquid, with corrugated walls. My role was to increase the accuracy of our theoretical expectations for how the laser chips behave in the lab.

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