Faculty Highlight

Carson Gross

Where is your hometown?       Granite Bay, CA.

Carson Gross, our newest Instructor here at the GSoC

Where did you graduate from high school?     Oakmont High School.

Where did you obtain your degrees?      BS - U.C. Berkeley

                                                                           MS - Stanford University

How long have you been at MSU?     About 8 months. :)

What projects (academic or industry) are you working on?     I am a co-founder at LeadDyno, and have created a few web-related open source projects:

https://intercoolerjs.org

https://htmx.org

https://hyperscript.org

Are there opportunities for interested students to get involved with your research?     My open source projects are probably the best place to get involved.  I don't do pure research, I just hack on open source stuff.  

What classes do you teach?     CSCI 366 Systems, CSCI 440 Databases, CSCI 468 Compilers and ESOF 322 Software Engineering.

What advice would you have for incoming CS freshman?     It's just code.  Learn the debugger: it will teach you more about computers than most of your professors.

What excited you the most about the future of Computer Science?     Hyperscript has a pretty innovative runtime, with async transparency and event-driven control flow.

What attracted you to Bozeman, MSU, and/or Montana?     It has gotten very difficult to raise a family in my native California, and we had been visiting Bozeman for years and loved it.  It’s a lot like the part of CA that I grew up in, and I wanted to give my own kids the experience of living in a place where you can just ride bikes around without worrying about it.  I wanted to try my hand at teaching and the MSU CS department seemed like a natural fit.

What are some interesting hobbies or activities that you like to do outside of work?     Nothing too interesting: I ski and fish, and coach baseball.

What is one of your hidden talents?     My inability to play first person shooteres competently saved me a lot of time in college to study and get good at programming.

What would the students be surprised to find out about you?     I'm an orthodox catholic.

What current trends are baffling to you? Why?     SPA frameworks, which are insanely complex and, at the end of the day, often are just used to just get a div appended to another div on a webpage.  Seems crazy to me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

How long would you survive a zombie apocalypse? Why?     My family and I'd be alright.

 

Student Highlights

Connie Bernard

Where did you graduate from high school?     Roosevelt High School.

Connie Bernard

Where is your hometown?     Seattle, Washington.

Year at MSU? (grad student, senior, junior, etc.)     Junior.

Why did you choose MSU?     I love getting outside, and MSU felt close enough to home to be familiar, and far enough for some good exploring. Also when I toured I was struck by how nice everyone was!

Why did you choose to major in Computer Science?      My friend from home recommended that I take a CS class. I started out as a Chemical Engineering major, and when I found myself dreading going to Chem 141, but excitedly waking up for CSCI 127 I made the switch. 

Advice to a future Computer Science student?    Ask for help early and often, you're paying money to be here, so make sure you're getting your money's worth! The professors, TAs, and faculty are here to help you!

What excites you the most about the future of Computer Science?     I think CS has the power to create incredible positive change. Technology has the potential to solve many of the problems we face today, and I hope to be a part of that!

What are your future plans?     I want to take some time off between graduating and working and travel for a bit. Afterwards, I would love to get a job helping to make adaptive technologies.

In which Hogwarts house would you be sorted?     Hufflepuff!

What is one of your hidden talents?     I've started making earrings recently, and I'm not sure how good they are but it's been fun! 

 

Walker Ward

Where did you graduate from high school?     Spanaway Lake High School, Spanaway, WA.

Where is your hometown?     Tacoma, WA.

Year at MSU? (grad student, senior, junior, etc.)     Junior.

Walker Ward

Why did you choose to major in Computer Science?     Initially I planned to study EE and slowly drifted towards CS finally ending up there after about a year of school here. When I started taking classes for EE I didn’t enjoy them as much as the programming courses that I was taking at the same time. So, with that knowledge and some CS outreach events with Shar I learned that I belong in CS… with some minors to fuel my other interests.

Why did you choose MSU?     Great school for engineering, amazing location, not too big or small, many many opportunities.

Advice to a future Computer Science student?     Don’t just take classes to take them, take the classes sound fun to you and engage in as many opportunities as you can through clubs and other events.

What excites you the most about the future of Computer Science?  

a. Opportunities are limitless.

b. More specifically: Robotics, security, computer vision, cs theory.

What are your future plans?     That’s a good question. I’m hoping to get involved in some multi-disciplinary project for organizations such as JPL, NASA, DOD, Amazon, etc.

In which Hogwarts house would you be sorted?     So, this is a fun one! After much deliberation with some friends we determined that I’m ½ Slytherin for my ambition and ½ Ravenclaw for my book smarts. I realize this may frustrate some people as you’re not traditionally allowed to have more than one house, but I say to that, so what.

How long would you survive a zombie apocalypse? Why?    5 seconds… I’m more likely to be the cause than someone dealing with the aftermath.