Meet Our Majors

Meet some of our computer science majors.

Layal Bata ’21

Hometown: Amman, Jordan / Orinda, CA
Majors: computer science, cognitive science

What was your motivation to major in computer science?  Can you describe your working relationships with professors in the department?

If I’m honest, I wasn’t considering computer science at all when I came to Oxy because I didn't think it would be something I would like or be good at. In “Intro to Cognitive Science”, co-taught by computer science department chair Professor Kathryn Leonard, I was introduced to how fascinating computer science can be. From there, Professor Leonard encouraged me to take a computer science class, and I ended up in “Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science.” She encouraged me, inspired me and helped me to believe that computer science is a much richer, more diverse field than I originally had perceived it to be, and my liberal arts point of view was not a detriment but an advantage.

What do you find most compelling about studying computer science?

Computer science teaches useful skills for every field of study and every job. Oxy’s department very much celebrates this idea, and bases class projects and examples in contexts outside of what is expected. I love that computer science is seen as more than a standalone concept, and is connected to any future I choose going forward.

Do you have any advice for a student considering a major in computer science?

Build your skills early on! When you have the time, practice coding outside of class. Computer science is a skills-based field, and not giving yourself the time and space to develop those skills could make excelling in the field harder down the line.

Updated November 2019

Sara Bawale
Senior
Julian Chan
Senior
Ethan Chen
Senior
Jacob Farner
Senior

Hope Fowler
Senior

I am a Computer Science + Politics Major, Interdisciplinary Writing Minor from a small town in Upstate New York. I look forward to exploring the intersections between computer science and politics and those intersections manifest in everyday life. I didn't learn how to code until college, so I look forward to all the challenges I will face and what I will learn by conquering them. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, collaging postcards for loved ones, and spending time with dear friends.

Allie Frank
Senior
Alexis Hale
Senior

I always had a passion for technology and computers so I was convinced to take COMP 131 my sophomore year. I fell in love with coding and declared computer science as my second major! I'm excited to explore the intersection of my two majors, cognitive science and computer science. I'm especially interested in artificial intelligence and human computer interaction. I'm also a big fan of video games, so this summer I ended up teaching myself how to create video games using the Unity game engine. During the semester, you can find me fixing the school's tech at the ITS Helpdesk.

Dan Huth
Senior
Malvika Khanna
Senior
Betsy Li
Senior
Brian Li
Senior
Logan Mcintyre
Senior
Teagan Mucher
Senior

Computer science and the role of technology in people's lives have fascinated me since I took my first coding class in high school. Looking at the ever-increasing job automation and the outsize roles that a few large tech companies have come to occupy, my interests lie in the economics, sociology, and politics of technology. I also deeply enjoy problem-solving and building things with other people.

Courtney Nelson
Senior
Max Peng
Senior
Leopold Ringmayr
Senior
Xio Rodriguez
Senior
Adnan Shihabi
Senior
Joey Sortino
Senior
Jade Wu
Senior

Jan Yan
Senior

 

Isaiah Bird
Junior
Jacob Curley
Junior
Di Hu
Junior
 
Annika Puth
Junior
Gwen Sarapata
Sophomore