Class of 2008
Major: Computer Information Science
Computers really do connect all corners of the world, and a degree in computer information science can, too—just ask Patrick Nagurny. The 2008 Franciscan University graduate is participating in a yearlong exchange program for young professionals in Germany this year. Only 75 Americans annually are accepted into the program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag. Participants spend two months in an intensive language school, a semester studying at a German university where their focus is offered, and five months interning with a company in their field.
Before going to Germany, Patrick spent a year as an embedded software engineer for Lockheed Martin in Virginia. A favorite project during his time there was developing a software system for an Australian freight train control center, that tracked the location of each train to prevent collisions.
Patrick plans to go into a more business-oriented field when he returns from Germany, taking advantage of the combination of computers and business from his computer information science degree.
"I thought it was the perfect major," Patrick says.
Between his studies, his time in Europe, and his faith, Patrick has a good idea of how he wound up where he is.
"The Austria Program was really amazing... it opened the door to seeing what the rest of the world is like. It's probably why I'm in Germany today."
The opportunity to build up his faith in the University's supportive atmosphere has also really helped him since graduation. "Here in Europe you go to Mass on Sunday, and there's hardly anyone there," he says. "At Franciscan, we had so many really rich faith experiences."
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