For Peter Wells, the choice of where to attend college was between Notre Dame and NDSU. His older brother was enrolled at NDSU and he liked the distance from his family home in Brainerd, Minnesota, so he went with NDSU. At NDSU, he’s bonded with his friends and roommates who he enjoys playing video games, hanging out, watching TV and just relaxing with, after a long day.
But recreation is not Wells driving passion. He is interested in mobile software development – specifically for the Android operating system. In the summer, between his sophomore and junior years, he was selected for an internship at a local software development company in Fargo making Android applications. He did so well that now he’s a full-time Android Software Engineer, while continuing to attend classes at NDSU.
“I plan to work in mobile development when I graduate,” said Wells. “With the Kotlin programming language becoming more prevalent, I feel the market for Android developers will continue growing for a while.”
Wells 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 Peter Wells – 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.”
Wells finds enjoyment in the work: “I really enjoy mobile development,” he said. “Specifically Android development.”
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.