Engineering Futures Scholar
Cameron Anundson, a computer science major from Minnesota, said he chose this major because he’s always had an interest in technology since he was a kid and remembers programming games as early as the fifth grade, building computers in middle school and then doing software development for companies in high school.
He got a scholarship from Amazon called “Amazon Future Engineers” that includes financial aid and a paid internship. The internship offered the opportunity to get paired up with developmental teams, one intern per team, and do actual software development in Seattle.
For his first year at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering as a Barrett student, he took classes like computer digital design, which is a lower division computer science course for architecture; calculus three; human event, which is an honors class, and choir. He also took entrepreneurship and innovation as an extracurricular activity.
Outside of school, he runs a small software development business that he started himself in high school that involves consulting clients who are from Minnesota. One of his projects includes developing an iOS application, as well as developing a web application and running a website that he already built and coded himself.
Anundson said he likes the possibilities of technology.
“I think there’s a lot of undeveloped, undiscovered applications, and it really is going to influence everything as we go into the future.”
Some of Anundson’s favorite things to do outside of school are skiing and creating music. He knows how to play instruments like the drums, the piano and guitar.
Before coming to college, he did competitive skiing and was the drummer in a band in high school. His band performed in his high school three times a year to an audience of approximately 500 individuals.
His favorite thing about the campus is the setting, and he feels like he’s not wasting as much time in a classroom as much as he did in high school.
A piece of advice that he has for incoming freshmen is to utilize Devil2Devil, an admitted student social network to connect with other potential students to room with them if they plan on living in a residence hall on campus.
“That can make a huge part of your experience.”
By Laura Stack, Science and Technology Writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
July 31, 2020