Computer Science

Computer Science DSA Derik Torres

Derik Torres

Hometown: Brownsville, TX
Majors: Computer Science and Mathematics
Best Adjective to Describe You: Determined

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
The people in the Computer Science Department are some of the nicest and funniest people in the world.

What is your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
On Wednesdays at 4pm there is Tea Time that various math, physics, and computer science majors go to. This is a great opportunity to talk to professors about courses you are considering and a good way to get to know the fellow computer science majors like me.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Be yourself and don’t be afraid to meet new people. Life happens and everything can change, but one commonality is you can always meet new people just by being yourself.

What has been your favorite class at K?
I would say my favorite class at K is COMP487 which is Web Development. This was my first class I took where I did not know anyone. I had to get out of my comfort zone and with the final project I was able to show my style and create something wonderful with my group.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
Despite taking many STEM courses, I found myself signing up for religion and philosophy classes. With the open curriculum, I was able to branch out and take these wonderful courses to help avoid stress from math or computer science.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I have and still participate in the Math and Physics Center as a consultant, a TA for various Computer Science and Math class, and am currently working as an intern at Argonne National Laboratory building machine learning models.

What is your SIP?
My SIP is an exploration of graphs represented as matrices and their associated decompositional properties.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
My current plan is to go to graduate school and do research in the computational mathematics field. I also one day plan on getting a doctorate in mathematics.

What is a random fun fact about you?
I had to learn how to juggle to pass a class in high school.