Spring 2022

Student Spotlights: getting to know our CS students

There is no question that the Department of Computer Science is home to amazing faculty, staff, and students. I wanted to provide an opportunity for those inside and outside the department to learn about our students. The Student Spotlight provides a platform to tell our students unique backgrounds, experiences, and stories. After reading, I know that you will agree- our students are incredible.

Thanks for reading! - Martin Marquez, Director of Academic and Support Services


Katelyn Rees

Katelyn Rees is a sophomore pursuing two programs- BS in Mechanical Engineering and BA in Computer Science. She was recently selected by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey as a student regent on Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). To read more about Katelyn's ABOR appointment, visit here.

Where are you originally from?
I am from Chandler, Arizona.

What high school did you attend?
I graduated from Hamilton High School.

Why are you pursuing computer science?
My path to Computer Science is definitely unique. I am also a Mechanical Engineering major, so freshman year I was enrolled in an engineering coding class. I fell in love with programming and quickly enrolled in CSC 110, and the rest is history. I love how Computer Science is analytical but can also be applied creatively. I look forward to integrating both of my majors in my future career!

What do you enjoy about attending UA?
I have loved my time spent at the University of Arizona. Specifically, I appreciate the genuine pride and loyalty wildcats of all backgrounds and generations have for our university. From enriching courses to exciting extracurricular activities to fun sports games and events, the UA has given me an awesome well-rounded college experience.

What are your career goals/aspirations?
Looking to the future, I aspire to become an Imagineer for Disney or to work within robotics.