Outstanding Seniors

Alex AndersonAlexander Anderson
Outstanding Senior in Computer Engineering
Spring 2016


Alex has maintained a very high GPA, completed several different internships, research projects, and competitions.  Alex has accepted a full time position with Epic Systems in Madison, Wisconsin as a full-time software developer.  He is planning to obtain a master's degree while working at Epic Systems.

"I enjoy programming.  My first encounter with any kind of programming was through a FIRST Lego League when I was 12.  I continued to participate in FIRST's family of robotic competitions as the team's programmer throughout the rest of my time in school.  My interests in solving problems with software grew every year as I learned more advanced mathematics and programming techniques.  I continued to participate and program in robotic competitions during my freshman and sophomore years at college through the Arkansas Robotics Club (ARC).  Also, I have mentored a high school robotics team in Springdale, AR since my freshman year in college."


Joe SirrianniJoseph Sirrianni
Outstanding Senior in Computer Science 
Spring 2016

As one of our top students, Joseph completed three different internships and worked on a research project with professors from CSCE and Biochemistry.  Joseph also participated in the CSCE Programming team, serving as Captain this year and attended the official ICPC regional programming contests.  Joseph decided to further his education by attending graduate school.  He was awarded a DDF at the University of Arkansas.

"As my undergraduate career draws to a close, I find that I am not looking forward to stepping away from the challenges and opportunities the world of academia and research has to offer.  As a result, I have determined that the best way for me to contribute to the computer science field is to pursue a Ph.D. at an esteemed research institution (which includes, potentially, the University of Arkansas).  I have a keen interest in the Big Data related discipline and its potential to dramatically impact new application areas - an area of research focus that I would be very excited and motivated to pursue.  Additionally, I also am interested in opening up the world of computer science to freshmen and high school students by visiting schools and promoting programs like competitive computer science competitions and robotics teams.  Once I have obtained my doctorate, it is my hope to continue expanding the computer science field through research and classroom engagement at the University level or via other research institutions."