Ajay Brown knew where he wanted to attend college. He only applied to the North Dakota State University. Fortunately, this choice paid off for the Bismarck, North Dakota native and Bismarck High School graduate. Brown is currently a Junior at NDSU studying computer science. He is also a student employee of Information Technology Services and very active in the school’s Association for Computing Machinery chapter.
“My favorite area of computer science is the problem solving aspects,” notes Brown, who is passionate about computing. “I hope to get a career in software development.”
Brown has already demonstrated his readiness for a career in computing – in a lot of ways. He is a big part of a winning streak that has cemented NDSU’s position as the predominate Computer Science program in the region. Recently, Brown and his teammates took home first place at the regional contest of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest. His team also took second place at the Digi-Key regional programming contest – part of a one-two win that saw NDSU taking both of the competition’s top spots.
“Students of distinction – like Ajay Brown – are selected for going above and beyond typical students. In Ajay’s case, his competition performance demonstrates both his skills and significant interest in computing,” commented NDSU Computer Science Assistant Professor Jeremy Straub, who manages the student awards program. “Distinguished students are recognized by their peers and instructors as student leaders – in a variety of areas – and this award serves to acknowledge their accomplishments.”
Brown says that he was drawn to NDSU for its history and pedigree. Due to his efforts, this reputation has grown even stronger. Despite all this, it is the atmosphere that Brown likes the most.
“My favorite thing about NDSU is the small-town feel, in a growing city,” Brown says.
The NDSU Computer Science Department was founded in 1988 (though computer science courses were offered as part of Mathematical Sciences since 1973). It offers Ph.D. degrees in computer science and software engineering, three master’s degrees and two bachelor’s degree programs. It occupies 7,460 square feet in NDSU’s Quentin Burdick Building and has approximately 600 graduate and undergraduate student majors.