Student Spotlight: Matthew Krebs
Major: Computer Information
Matthew Krebs got his first computer when he was 8 years old in order to play video games.
“As I grew older and the games began to progress, my computer couldn’t handle it,” he said. “I decided I needed a better computer, but being a young kid, I couldn’t afford a computer. Instead, I asked for a new graphics card for Christmas since it wasn’t nearly as expensive. I installed that new card and everything was great. After a while, the processor began to cause issues, so I upgraded the processor, motherboard and RAM. This fixed my issue, and from that point on, every Christmas I would ask for a new part and rebuild my computer.”
Although he loved computers, Krebs was unsure of a degree path to choose and was mindful of his finances. He selected College of DuPage and discovered it was the best option. He is now working on his Application and Technical Support Specialist associate’s degree.
“COD has provided me with fantastic teachers and mentors like Carolyn England, Kathy (Kotowski) Harper and Danish Khan along with many others,” he said. “Without professors like these, I feel as though I wouldn’t enjoy the experience nearly as much.”
In 2018, Krebs landed a prestigious semester-long internship at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.
“I am using C# and Unity to work with Microsoft’s augmented reality headset called the HoloLens,” he said. “I am also assisting in developing a Smart Nuclear Infrastructure alongside a team. It is impressive to be a part of this project and facility.”
Krebs plans to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Lewis University through COD’s 3+1 program. After receiving his degree, he would like to work on groundbreaking technologies.
Although computer science can be difficult, Krebs said attending classes and working hard at COD provides the tools to make a difference.
“With any computer science program, you will only get what you put in,” he said. “I see kids in my classes just try to skate by, but it’s the students who work outside of class and ask questions who will be able to do something great.”
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