This week we are putting one of our favorite Computer Scientists in the spotlight, Jonathan Nguyen.
Jonathan is a Senior in Computer Science with a minor in Robotics. He will graduate in December 2017 and would like to work in software development in a leadership or manager role and potentially with robotics. He is from Chalmette, LA. His hobbies include gaming, coding for personal projects, and technical and creative writing. He works with the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN) working with coding humanoid robots.
What is your favorite part about being a robotics mentor?
My favorite part would probably be seeing my mentee students have a kind of “Eureka!” moment when they come to understand how something in a robot works or when they finally succeed in getting the root to do a complex task.
How has being a robotics mentor impacted you personally and/or professionally (i.e.: internships, leadership skills, etc.)?
It has given me a good, continuous way to practice my leadership and communication skills. My work has also opened doors for me in both social networking and experience that has resulted in two internships/jobs over the past year.
What do you think it means to be a robotics mentor?
I think it means being both a friend and teacher to students showing that them the basic tools of making and designing a robot, then guiding them so that they learn and do the more complex aspects of design themselves.