Alex Chow

MEng Computer Science with Embedded Systems Engineering

Why did you choose to study Computer Science?

I’ve always had an interest in technology, with the intention of one day building something of my own with it. I only really started to consider Computer Science during my gap year, where the work stressed how important and useful some of the topics could be in almost any field.

Why did you choose to study Computer Science at the University of York?

I think a lot of courses can seem similar at undergraduate level, so I included the setting of universities when I was making my choices. There’s something special about York’s picturesque campus amongst a beautiful city, and I really enjoyed my visit when I came to interview.

What do you particularly like about being a Computer Science student at York?

One of the things that sets York apart is the way it covers hardware. I feel this is a really important area of study, and understanding the low-level concepts is key to becoming a good computer scientist. For me, the most interesting parts of the course have been project work, such as building a heartbeat monitor during my second year. Working in groups can sometimes be the most rewarding; it’s satisfying to watch everything come together.

My lecturers have always been approachable and happy to help out or answer questions about their classes. I had the chance to study abroad for a year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the top public schools in the US. I’ve been able to take some research led topics on parallel computing and computer architectures, which wouldn’t have been possible without covering the fundamentals during my first two years at York, and I hope to bring some of the things I’ve learned into my final year.

Would you recommend York and the Department of Computer Science?

Absolutely - I think York is a great place to study! The department really cares about its students and has done a lot to improve the course and listen to feedback while I’ve been here.