Student Spotlight: Chris Cody

Chris Cody

Chris Cody
Major: Engineering

Like many students before him, Chris Cody selected College of DuPage in order to save money while completing his general education requirements. He then discovered a love of math, which led him to physics and engineering.

“I didn’t do well at all in high school physics,” he said. “But at COD, I took physics, math and engineering. The level of courses was extremely challenging, and I had to apply myself a lot more than I did in high school.”

Cody received a $16,000 Illinois State Assembly Scholarship through the office of Illinois State Sen. Kimberly Lightford. The scholarship is for students attending a state-supported university. Cody transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he used the scholarship to study electrical engineering.

“When I found out about the scholarship, I decided to take a leap of faith and apply because I knew I needed it in order to transfer,” he said.

Cody earned his bachelor’s degree in 2014 and current works as a technical sales engineer for Freescale Semiconductor.

“I decided to play to my strengths and move out into the workforce. After several years in academia, I realized that my great work ethic would propel me further as a practicing engineer rather than solely as a student,” he said. “I still plan to continue my education in the near future by getting my MBA while working. Thanks to the technical background I have from my engineering degree, I am able to excel in my chosen field, and I’m really pleased with my decision.”

Although he studied at College of DuPage for only one year before transferring, Cody believes that year prepared him well for the University of Illinois. He credits three of his professors – Bob Cappetta in math, Tom Carter in physics and David Smith in engineering – for pushing him to do his best.

“I will always praise, praise, praise my teachers,” he said. “They were truly outstanding, and I am really pleased that I came to College of DuPage.”

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