Lance Willet was considering studying at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University campuses at Mankato and Moorhead, but decided to come to NDSU because he liked the campus’s vibe.
“I have met hundreds of interesting people and learned countless lessons since I came to NDSU,” Willet said. He considers his greatest accomplishment to be becoming “a disciplined and focused individual who accomplishes what he puts his mind to.”
Willet was recently recognized as a “student of distinction” by the NDSU Computer Science Department, an honor bestowed on only 15 of the department’s approximately 600 students. He is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science.
“Students of distinction – like Lance Willet – are selected for going above and beyond typical students,” commented NDSU Computer Science Assistant Professor Jeremy Straub, who manages the student awards program. “They are recognized by their peers and instructors as student leaders – in a variety of areas – and this award serves to acknowledge their accomplishments.”
Willet is interested in data analytics. This is a broad field that can have applications ranging from optimizing industrial decision making to screening job applicants.
“I hope to continue learning the skills I need to start a consulting business,” Willet says, of his plans after graduating from NDSU. He wants to put his skills to use to “travel the world, especially Europe.”
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.