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CIDAR Student Spotlight: Joonho

Class of 2018

Hometown: San Diego

Major: Computer Engineering

Joonho likes engineering simply because it is a creator’s job, as he puts it. And creating is something he has been doing since he was a kid. When he was younger, he enjoyed drawing, sculpting and creating his own jewelry. During high school, he got into programming and started creating websites and mobile apps.

At BU, he continued his love for creating thing by joining the robotics team and Global App Initiative, a club on campus that makes iOS and Android apps for local nonprofits.

The engineering program at BU has many advantages, he says. He likes how the computer engineering department has a lot of knowledge on things like wireless communication and cyber security. When you get involved with a lab, he likes how there is collaboration with many different colleges.

“There is so much to explore,” he says. “And I don’t know anything about it yet.”

CIDAR appeals to Joonho because it is cross-disciplinary. Just as CIDAR combines many different fields, he wants to learn how to combine his love for art and engineering.

Joonho says he looks up to people who have managed to do just that, like the Korean-based artist group called Shinseungback Kimyonghun, which finds creative ways to use science such as using facial recognition on clouds to create art.

For now, though, he is eager to learn everything CIDAR can teach him. This summer, he will be working on creating a web socket for Phagebook and implementing it in Raven, Double Dutch and Cello.

Beyond that, Joonho says his future is up in the air. Though he doesn’t know where he is going to be in three months, he says he is hoping to do more with software developing.

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