Kevin Wu

Kevin Wu

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Major: BS Computer Science 

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ

I chose this major because... I always loved playing with computers since I wasn’t even in grade school. I spent a lot of time playing games and tinkering with in game code and files to try to gain an edge on my opponents (nothing unsportsmanlike). Computers blow my mind as to how they can complete so many seemingly impossible tasks with just 0s and 1s. At first, programming wasn’t my forté, but as I got better at it I realized the little things that computers could automate, from helping file taxes to sending the first humans to the Moon. Then, big picture, computers can be used for just about everything. If you can break down a person’s thought process, there will be a way to make a computer do it. Overall, I’m super fascinated by the scope of the computer’s power and usability. I could go on all day about what computers help us with and how far they’ve helped the human race.

Favorite Course(s): Probability and Statistics I (MATH 311), which is unfortunately the class with my lowest final grade ever. The content of the course is really difficult but very fascinating. A lot of people hate probability, which is totally understandable; I didn’t like it at first either. The mathematics behind probability is heavy but what’s most mind boggling are the probabilities in practically impossible situations. For example, did you know that in a room of 50 people, the chances of at least two people in the room share the same birthday is almost 100%? I think that’s a big of a shocking statistic. Next time you go to a big event, someone probably shares a birthday with someone else (they could be you!).

Clubs/Extracurricular Activities: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

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Favorite thing/place at Drexel: Cucina Zapata. Chicken katsu. Bossed out, green sauce and peanut sauce.

When I'm not at Drexel, I'm... either with my friends in New Jersey or UPenn, shopping in Center City, biking along the Schuylkill River, taking pictures at/near a museum (Science History Institute/Elfreth’s Alley/Magic Gardens) or in Chinatown with family. I used to bike a lot back younger and I still enjoy it, great stress reliever and exercise to get your mind off things while enjoying the large greenery by the river.

When you are in Philadelphia, I think you should... go to the Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Rittenhouse Square, Chinatown, Old City. I’m not saying you should rush them if you can’t go to all of them, but if you can, definitely go to them all. The Franklin Institute is a great place of pop science so even if you’re not into science, you’ll certainly find something cool there. Chinatown is like a small pocket of China with a hint of Philadelphia, where you can get a taste of the culture, but if you want the full course meal, you’ll have to go to mainland China. The Museum of Art will definitely take a while since their collection really is gigantic, but there is so much to take all of it in.The rest are all cool places that are worth seeing its history before you leave Philadelphia.

Advice to new/incoming CCI students: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and try new things. Get ready to learn from falling down. Nobody is perfect, and you might not even know what you’re doing...which is okay! You don’t always know what you’re doing but you will know when it hits you, especially when it hits hard. Onto more tangible advice, don’t skip lectures, don’t skimp out on not doing something because you’ve never done it before, plan ahead, get plenty of sleep, learn to overcome procrastination by utilizing planning skills! Now super tangible advice, definitely try the food trucks, especially Cucina Zapata!

What is your dream job? My interested field of work would be in machine learning geared towards automation. Ideally, I’d like to work with computers that are used in space, like what SpaceX has been doing. My dream job would be at a company that I can trust to not exploit other people and also benefit other humans and society. I wouldn’t want my work to be used by a confused corporation or corrupt government.

Favorite Animated Character: Jerry the Mouse from Tom & Jerry

Bio

Hi, my name is Kevin Wu and I’m a computer science major at Drexel. I was born in Philadelphia but moved to New Jersey just before middle school. I’m mostly interested in automation and machine learning for the betterment of the human race. I am most interested in space travel and how we can get to Mars with the help of better computers. Outside of the classroom, I spend a lot of time gaming, but you can also find me in the Drexel library or Ross Commons. I’m not afraid to try new things, and recently gave anime a try! Ask me about Attack on Titan :)