Austin Strom

Austin Strom
Who are you?
    -Name: Austin Strom

    -Major: Computer Science and Engineering

    -Minors/Certificates: Mathematics
    -Year: Junior
    -Hometown: Sioux City, IA
What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming freshman?
I would say get to know your professors. Most professors have an open door policy and love to talk to students. In my opinion, learning the content is only half the battle of college. The connections you make both socially and professionally will help you for many years to come.  Building this relationship will also help you later in the course when everyone is trying to figure things out and ask questions.
What organizations outside the college of engineering do you belong to?
I am a part of the Newman Catholic Student Center, Dance Marathon, and I play Intramural Sports.
Have you had any international experience? If so, where did you go, for how long, and what did you do?

The summer after my freshman year I went to a small rural town in northern Italy called Paderno Del Grappa with the CIMBA program. I stayed here for four weeks and took two courses which were my Statics course as well as a gen ed course. We went to class Monday through Thursday and had the rest of the week to travel. I got to visit places like Verona, Venice, Rome, Vatican City, and Milan, as well as many other small cities in the region that we were staying. We even got to go on a trip to the top of the mountain which was a extraordinary experience.
How are you an "engineer ... and something more"?
Alongside being an engineer, I am also a teaching assistant, a Dance Marathon Morale Captain, and a DJ.
Is there something else you'd like to tell us about yourself?
I’m extremely interested in artificial intelligence and the ways that the University of Iowa uses machine learning/artificial intelligence to advance the medical field.
What is your favorite part about being a student at The University of Iowa?
My favorite part about being a student at the University of Iowa is being part of a thriving yet welcoming small community with Big 10 campus opportunities.
Who is your favorite professor and why?

My favorite professor is Professor Canahuate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department because she goes above and beyond to make sure her students succeed and understand the content. When I was in her class, Computers in Engineering, I could tell that she actually cared about the material and was very happy to be teaching.
What has been your favorite course?
My favorite class at Iowa so far has been Computers in Engineering because it forced me to look at programming from a different angle. It made me take a step back and really anchor into programming fundamentals and fundamental practices.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time at The University of Iowa?

I enjoy playing frisbee with friends, playing music, DJ-ing, and walking around downtown. I also make sure to go to all of the home football games and many other campus events.