Duy Huynh never thought of taking his interest in computers and turning it into a career. “I've built computers in the past, but it was just a hobby,” he said. The University of Washington Tacoma senior graduates this month with a degree in computer science and systems.
This is Huynh’s second bachelor’s degree. The 27-year-old got his first degree in geography with an emphasis on global health from UW in Seattle. “I ended up working the front desk at healthcare clinics, but was unsure of where that would lead,” Huynh said.
The Federal Way native returned to school in 2015. He chose UW Tacoma partially because of the smaller class sizes. “I like the small community,” Huynh said. “I think it’s helped me become a little more extroverted.”
Huynh has gotten involved with clubs on campus and with community outreach programs. “I have an interest in STEM education and getting the younger generation involved in computer science as creators and not just consumers,” he said.
Huynh interned with the fundraising platform Snap!Raise last summer and will work for them as a developer after graduation. The startup company helps raise money for high school athletics. “The idea is, instead of having kids go around selling candy bars to random strangers and carrying cash in their pockets they could just use an online donation platform,” he said. "This way, athletes and coaches can focus on playing the game."
Huynh has taken his hobby and run with it—both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to the clubs and community work, he also participates in hackathons. Huynh has done a lot of them in the fast few years as evidenced by his shirts. “At every hackathon they’re always giving out stuff including shirts,” he said. “If you see me on campus you’ll see I have on a different hackathon shirt every day of the week.”
John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or firstname.lastname@example.org