Thomas Schmidt and Alan Riggins caps and robes for the graduation ceremonyCongratulations go out to Thomas Schmidt for being named the most outstanding graduate of 2014 for the Computer Science Department. Thomas started at SDSU in 2009 as an accounting major. He was looking for more problem solving than the accounting program provided and ended up changing to a double major in applied mathematics and computer science. Thomas really enjoyed the critical thinking involved in mathematics, and the applicability of computer science. Over the past two years he has worked alongside Dr. Michael O’Sullivan to rejuvenate his course in discrete mathematics. He will be starting the M.S. program in computer science at SDSU this fall and hopes to work on a thesis relating to home automation.

Thomas chose professor Riggins as his most influential faculty member because he very clearly puts the needs of the students before his own. Thomas states, “He is a superb lecturer and his classes have increased my confidence as a computer scientist more than any other class I’ve taken.”