Humans of BSOE

Computer Science
"Maybe you need to vent about something that’s happening or need questions answered. When this happens, it’s nice to know someone’s there."
Computer Science
"Throughout my time as a graduate student here, I was very fortunate to be able to research with faculty members who are globally known for their work. "
Computer Science
"UC Santa Cruz has a good core set of professors working in data science and machine learning. There’s a broad spread of research interests among professors within the department."
Bioengineering
"There’s so much more to becoming a well-rounded student and person than remaining on your major track alone, and UCSC recognizes that."
Computer Science
"When you are learning a new field, your brain feels totally restructured, as if a whole new world has been revealed to you."
Computer Engineering
"Teaching here has given me confidence and motivation. When I read evaluations from satisfied students, it makes me think this is what I want to do."
Computer Engineering
"There’s a lot of opportunity for collaboration here, but a lot of it is only possible if you put yourself out there."
Computer Science
"Calculating the trajectory of a rocket is cool, but can your computer carry on a conversation without someone noticing it's a computer (to pass the Turing Test)?"
Md. Mahmudur Rahman
Electrical Engineering
"Once we know the way to approach big issues, we can begin solving them."
Computer Science (1985)
"The universal thing that students need to know going into industry is how companies really operate."
Computer Science
"To me, everybody, I mean everybody, should have a programming class. It’s important today to be able to talk with people who make these programs."
Computational Media
"In the gaming industry, users in fact expect that you will surprise them with what you create. But if you’re using Windows, you don’t want to be surprised by something like a blue screen."
Computer Engineering
"We essentially work to mimic nature’s process of how humans function. I don’t think people fully understand how the brain works and how much it takes to accurately mimic it."
Electrical Engineering
"If you had talked to me three years ago, I doubt I would’ve expected I’d end up where I am, but I’d wager most people would say the same about where their career takes them."
Applied Mathematics and Statistics
"I think being at the edge of human knowledge is exciting for me. I just like pushing that boundary; I’m interested in all kinds of fields and I’m just interested in learning."
Photo of Raquel Robinson
Computational Media
"Making Twitch spectators feel a part of the performance is an important part of the entire experience. I think my tool is another way to do that."
Technology & Information Management
"I wanted to find a way to organize large numbers of people to support nonprofits. I knew that my research in crowd-sourcing, and in bringing people together to accomplish tasks, could help."
Image of Xingchen Yu
Applied Math & Statistics
"If you consider the skills sets you need to be an artificial intelligence engineer, you will see that statistics, mathematics, and computer science are all necessary... you need to use every tool out there to do well."
Irene Rodriguez Alegre
Electrical Engineering
"I like all the data processing and image processing, but with an application that I consider meaningful. Before I was working with images from satellites related to climate change stuff, so I think that's something I like–applying engineering to something that helps the world."
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Computer Science
"Interacting with the professors and the students here, it seemed like there was a lot more collaboration than competition and I really liked that."
Computer Engineering
"It's a cliche, but go to office hours and get to know your professors. You need to do it, and it's fun, and they're cool."
Photo of Ben Sherman
Computer Science
"For me, UC Santa Cruz is just a really easy environment to be focused in."
Computer Science
"I love having the freedom to express myself. As a TA, that's the feedback I get from undergrads, too. Getting that practice and occasionally failing is valuable."
Photo of Ana McTaggart
Computer Science
"My lab is 50% women and my advisors are great. I like that we're so close to Silicon Valley."
Computer Science
"When I figured out I was interested in code machine learning, I saw that UC Santa Cruz had a large number of faculty teaching it. I looked them up on Google Scholar and saw that the department was doing a lot of important research."

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