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Michael T. Stees

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Stees is a 2013-2017 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science. He likes the idea of using programs to solve interesting problems. In Stees’ area of computer science, that means designing algorithms to help with the numerical solution of partial differential equations.  His interest in problem solving extends to the human side as well. As an undergraduate at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill., Stees worked as a head resident for a residence hall. He helped students and staff members adjust and also thrive. Stees also served as an orientation leader, vice president of the computer science club, and a lab assistant while at Monmouth. The university awarded him the Robert Minteer ’66 Prize – awarded to a student in physics, math or chemistry who maximizes potential and exemplifies Monmouth College’s values. Stees was also able to participate in an NSF funded REU program in the summer of 2012 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. Stees received his B.A. in computer science from Monmouth College in 2013. In the future he hopes to work in the private sector where he can “challenge the design of current products and the thinking behind future products by bridging the gap between theoretical and applied computing.”

Mentor: Suzanne Shontz, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


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