Five Minutes with... Brian Renzenbrink
You knew you were headed for a career in Computer Science when...
I finished my instant messenger project for CS3. That was the first project in my
life where I did more than required for an "A" just because it was fun.
What is your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was Biologically Inspired Intelligent Systems. It was my first real
AI course and the first class where I had the freedom to pursue what interested me. I
also loved that I nothing was set in stone. The topic was so new that I still had the
chance to do something completely original.
One piece of advice I have for 1st year students is...
Start doing "pet projects" on topics you like. They really help you learn and down
the road they might translate into an easy "A" in a related course.
If you could have dinner with a famous computer
scientist, living or dead, who would you choose?
I would definitely choose Karl Sims
. His research
into artificial intelligence is both expansive and entertaining.
What is the most interesting project you have worked on,
either in a course or on the job?
I am currently developing a sensor glove prototype using SunSPOTs and
a hand-made Expert System.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I see myself with a family, a great job and a very active life.