Nafis is from Norman, Oklahoma. Since he was young, he knew he wanted to be an engineer. He couldn’t choose a specific field until he joined Botball, a robotics competition, in middle school. Although his father, Dr. Mohammed Atiquzzaman, is a distinguished member of the OU Computer Science faculty, Nafis didn’t learn how to code until his involvement in Botball. His team won 1st place at the regional competition in 8th grade and 3rd place at the global competition in 10th grade. He worked with a team of CS all-stars who attended OU: Kevin Cotrone, Braden McDorman, Jeremy Rand, Marty Rand, and Jeffrey Terry. In order to pursue his education in CS and math, Nafis attended the Oklahoma School for Science and Mathematics. By doing so, he was able to take more advanced courses, such as Data Structures and Operating Systems. Many of these credits transferred to OU and helped him get ahead on his bachelor’s degree.
Student Profile 2016
Hayley is a Linguistics Senior from Lake Zurich, Il., in the suburbs of Chicago. Her first introduction to computers was due to her father being a Computer Science teacher for elementary schools. However, she didn’t program until joining the University of Oklahoma. Hayley’s first interest in OU came through the special incentive to attract National Merit Scholars. Being a laureate, she came to tour the campus and shortly after decided to join the OU family through Honors College. It was a huge leap of faith from someone who has never even visited Oklahoma before.
Sudarshan is from Hyderabad in India. This city is the 4th most populous of the country and a highly regarded university hub. Sudarshan had his first experience with a computer in 8th grade through a class on DOS Commands. However, when the teacher was not around, students would use the machines to play Road Rash. He has always been good in Math and Science and has always wanted to be an engineer. In 10th grade, Sudarshan participated in a National Science fair and finished second, with a project on alternative fuel sources. After 12th grade, his interest in computers and how they work became so big that it was clear to him that he wanted to become a software engineer. After being selected through an entry exam, Sudarshan joined a top institution: Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology, affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University as an Information Technology major.