This semester, four seniors studying Computer Science at Andrews University collaborated together for their senior CAPSTONE project. Michael Hernandez (top left), Luke Kontes (top right), Adam Buchholz (bottom left) and Shemaiah Telemaque (bottom right) wanted to develop a system to improve efficiency and satisfaction in service at the Gazebo. Andrews STEM was able to get an interview with the four students about their project!
- 1) What made you interested in Computer Science?
Michael: My first computer experience was when father first bought our family computer in 1997. I quickly learned how to maneuver around the operating system and loved playing games on it. Ever since then I knew I wanted to work in the technology field. I didn’t really think about doing computing as a major until my senior year in high school. I was interested in the medical field but also interested in technology. My hope now is to take my minor in leadership and business, combine it with my computing degree and work in the IT field of healthcare.
Luke: Initially when I was getting ready for college I had outlined a couple of majors that had interested my greatly based on previous coursework in highschool. Computer Science was one of those and I gravitated towards it more than the others because I enjoy the theoretical-ness of it while still remaining practical enough that I don’t have to “guess” if I’m right about a theory or not. That was a reason I couldn’t do Physics; too much theory too little application, at least at the undergraduate level. I actually get to DO something with the skills I learn and I can gauge the level of knowledge I have gained because of it. Another aspect was that, because it is still a “baby” field in development there are lots of options with plenty of openings everywhere. I found this attractive because it meant that I don’t have to be committed to one specific job title or the like. I can change specifics around with little to no issue while still remaining in the “computer science” field. I liked this because, as I’m sure anyone would agree, monotony gets extremely dull.
- 2) Describe a bit about your time at Andrews
Adam: I’ve been at Andrews for almost 4 years now, and all of it has been a great experience. School is the main purpose that I am here, but it’s the extra things that I do that make the experience here great. I’ve been on the gymnastics team since my freshman year and that is still my favorite thing to do with my free time here. I’ve also taken up weight lifting and I continue to challenge myself in the gym daily. These physical activities help me find balance from my classes and work.
- 3) What is your Capstone Project and why did you choose it?
Luke: Our Capstone Project is to create a web ordering system for the Gazebo to use that will allow customers to place their orders online, as well as ordering in the store (as it is done now). This way people can save the time that they usually have to wait in line during busy hours and only come after the item is done for the pick up! We chose this project because it is something relevant to all of us (since we are all students and have had many, many interactions with the gazebo over the duration of our coursework at Andrews) and we felt that it is a way that we could help do something that will have an impact for the University as a whole.
- 4) Have you run into any problems while working on your project? If so, what are they?
Shemaiah:So far some of the challenges that we have faced would leaning how to work with other outside of our group and leaning new programming languages and technologies.
Luke: Yes, of course! As with any project problems will arise and this forces us to re-evaluate the process we were following, adjust the scope so that the problem does not interfere, or find a solution to the problem. Some examples of problems that have come up thus far would be: deciding what development software kit to use for the creation of the application. This is something that we have played around with a lot lately since this semester is when we begin to delve into the actual coding for the project. We have found that there are certain features we need as we have progressed and because of this we have changed the development software to suit our needs and requirements best.