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What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
For two years I've been an administrator for the Virtual Reality club. I've given presentations, held workshops, volunteered at events, and mentored teams of hackers. This role has been important to me because I want to spread the passion for graphics and game development at UMD. These are all pursuits I care about greatly. I am doing what I can to help build the foundations of a huge community of VR and game developers at UMD that will last years into the future.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
After graduation, I will be working at Roblox as an engineer on their rendering team. Roblox makes a game engine that is particularly accessable to young game developers, as early as age 10. I used Roblox to make games when I was a kid. My aim is both to make possible a new level of immersion in games by adding technical features to the engine, thus exploring new potentials for human experience, as well as to give kids a path through game development to learn about computer science.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
Computer Science and Mathematics major, graduating 2017
What is your Hometown?
I am from Hyattsville, MD.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
During my Junior year, I was very lucky to receive a stipend from the CS Department to attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco with several other students. At this conference, I learned a lot about the games industry and professional game development. I specifically learned a lot about Virtual Reality, and I have done my best to bring these lessons back and share them with members of the VR club. At the GDC, I met a recruiter for game company Roblox, and did an interview. I interned there the following Summer and I am now preparing to work there as a full time employee. This trip was life changing, and I think the CS department should sponsor more students to do things like this.