Wyly Andrews is following the footsteps of his family in attending the North Dakota State University. They had a great experience and so he decided to attend NDSU. Graduating with a 4.0 GPA and as Salutatorian from the Dawson Boyd High School, the Milan, Minnesota native had numerous options as to where to attend college.
“My favorite part of NDSU has to be the people,” Andrews says. “Plenty of people are willing to help, and I am meeting many people who share the same interests as me, here.”
One of those interests is in artificial intelligence. Andrews hopes to graduate and become a computer game developer – an area where he can put artificial intelligence skills to use.
Andrews has been 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 Wyly Andrews – are selected for going above and beyond typical students. Wyly, in particular, was selected for his excellent performance in computing competitions,” 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.”
Andrews was on the first place-winning team at the MechMania competition. He and his teammates also took third place at the regional competition for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.
In addition to his academics and contest wins, Andrews also has demonstrated excellence in service. He mentors elementary students in the basics of programming – preparing some of them to, perhaps, follow in his footsteps and pursue education and careers in computing.
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.