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Humans of BSOE

Natural Language Processing

"I grew up with computers, so choosing to go in that direction was pretty easy. But after spending two years in Japan I realized I love languages too and wanted to see if there was an overlap between linguistics and computer science. After doing some research I found natural language processing (NLP) and realized it was something I wanted to do."
Biomolecular Engineering

"Getting into the lab was probably the best time out of my whole UCSC career... I felt like everything that I learned in class was finally playing out and I could learn things more hands-on."
Electrical Engineering

"[Being in the Army] definitely was an experience that opened my eyes to a lot of different opportunities and experiences that you can’t find anywhere else, I would say. In addition to that, finishing my time there, I was able to go back to UC Santa Cruz, to finish something that I had wanted to do."
NLP M.S. student Angela Ramirez
Natural Language Processing

"We’re getting real experts who work in the industry to show us how they use the technology and what they do with it. Getting that perspective is really cool."
Computer Science

"I realized, being first generation American, that I value hard work. I value being persistent. I value being kind of gritty. So if someone tells me, I can't, I'm going to go ahead and do it. That's just me."
Undergraduate Advising

"I feel very fortunate and blessed to work with the people that I do, because everyone cares so much about the students and doing the right thing. They have made what I thought would be an impossible situation possible."
Computer Science and Engineering

"Join as many orgs and clubs as interest you… because you will meet a lot of great people... It is really about the people that you know, how you carry yourself through and what kind of support system you have around yourself."
Computer Science

"Change is coming, and I'm excited for it."
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.

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