Q & A with Tom Dunlap, 2012 Alumnus, BS Computer Science

Tom Dunlap, 2012 Alumnus, Computer Science at IUPUI

Where are you currently working?

Currently I am a research assistant under Dr. Gavriil Tsechpenakis at IUPUI while working on a Ph.D. in Computer Science.  Under my advisor's guidance, I am researching areas of computer vision including segmentation and model switching.  Over the summer, I supervised some summer interns, and this semester I am a teaching assistant for an undergraduate CS class in the topic of multimedia.  

What do you enjoy most about your current position?

I am passionate about teaching, and I see my research as an extension of teaching. Through my research I hope to educate people about new ideas in computer vision and mathematics and how they can be applied in novel ways. I get excited when I get to give a lecture or help a student with a difficult concept.

What accomplishment are you most proud of at this point?

I am most proud of the Gersting Award which I received last year.  It made it even more special that Dr. Judy Gersting, one of my favorite professors at IUPUI and the first CS department chair, was there at the award ceremony. 

How did your time at IUPUI help you reach your goals?

IUPUI's Computer Science Department encourages a strong foundation in mathematics. This discipline has helped me understanding cutting edge topics in my field of research.

Additionally, I met my current advisor through a class that I took as an undergraduate.  I had Dr. Tsechpenakis in his biometrics class during which I saw exciting new applications of computer science in industry.

What is your lasting impression of the Department of Computer and Information Science?

Computer science is a challenging yet rewarding field, and IUPUI's Department of Computer and Information Science offers a very thorough program.  Students that leave its doors with a degree will be well founded in both theory and application, and along the way they will meet faculty who are both sharp in their field and invested in their students.