MATH/CS ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Christopher Smith
Degree: B.S. Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Favorite LSSU class: Data Structures. It's difficult to pin down why, but I've used the things I learned in this class for over 20 years.
Further education: M.S. University of Michigan, Ph.D. University of Minnesota
What I have done since LSSU: After my M.S., I worked in industry for about four years as a Software Engineer. I finally quit and went back to get my Ph.D. and fulfill a dream of becoming a professor. Since then, I've worked at the University of Colorado-Denver, the University of New Mexico, and Gonzaga University.
Employment: Associate Professor, Gonzaga University
What I wish I could do differently: I wish I had known how special LSSC was when I was there as a student. Looking back, I realize that the education I received was as good as the huge schools I attended later.
Hobbies: Golf, home brewing, reading
Best advice I have received: A friend of mine quit a year before I did and went back for his Ph.D. Although it wasn't advice, it was an example of taking a risk to pursue a dream. He's now faculty at the University of Iowa and we see each other once a year at a trivia contest held at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.
Advice I would give: Stay in touch with your friends from Lake State. I've sort of stayed in touch, but not as closely as I could have.
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