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Outstanding Graduate, Fall 2019

Daniel Kulenkamp

Daniel Kulenkamp says he has always been obsessed with computers, so pursuing a degree in computer science was a natural extension of that fascination.

“I love what computers make possible,” says Kulenkamp. “I love that they allow anyone to create things and collaborate in ways that weren’t possible before.”

His engineering icon is computer programming pioneer Grace Hopper.

“She is inspiring because she wasn’t afraid to pursue the direction that she thought was important,” he says. “She ended up changing the direction of computer science, even though no one wanted to listen at the time.”

Kulenkamp, a student in ASU’s Barrett, The Honors College, traveled to Italy with Fulton Schools Associate Professor Violet Syrotiuk and worked with colleagues at the University of Palermo to conduct research into screening experiments and locating arrays.  

“Dr. Syrotiuk is an important mentor for me,” says Kulenkamp. “She helped me achieve my goals, always challenged me and was there for me when I needed advice. I can’t thank her enough.”

The Minnesota native participated in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative for two semesters, conducting research on ways to make wireless experiments better under the Syrotiuk’s guidance.   

Kulenkamp, who will be continuing studies at ASU to pursue a master’s degree in computer science through the Fulton Schools 4+1 accelerated graduate program, has some advice for students still in college.

“The best piece of advice I would give to current students is to constantly push yourself, study hard and talk to professors,” he says. “Professors are fantastic resources and mentors and their advice and perspective can be invaluable.”

Read about other exceptional graduates of the Fulton Schools’ fall 2019 class here.

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