Koby Hayashi

“When I first started school at Wake Forest I didn’t foresee myself going into a STEM field. But due to the WFU breadth requirements I ended up taking an introductory CS course with Pr. Paul Pauca. The course was so enjoyable and interesting I decided to take more course work in CS and Math.

Years later I’m now working towards a PhD in Computational Science & Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology with support from the Department of Energy’s Computational Science Graduate Fellowship.

During the summer after my 2nd undergraduate year I was able to intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where I saw how computer science can be used to solve real world problems. This inspired me to seek out undergraduate research opportunities back at Wake. With the WFU CS faculty, I worked on pattern compression for gene sequences, pattern discovery in fMRI brain scan data, and parallel algorithm design + implementation.

Through the WFU CS Department, I have run my code on one of the largest super computers in the world, traveled to India, Austria, and Japan to present my research and published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences.

Without the mentorship and opportunities I found at WFU CS none of this would have been possible.”

Koby B. Hayashi