Student Spotlight: Fumin Dang
Major: Computer Science
Fumin Dang was 11 when he emigrated from China to the Chicago area with his mother.
They moved to Wood Dale a few years later, and when it came time for college, Dang selected College of DuPage. One major factor for doing so was financial, and being named a Presidential Scholar meant a full-tuition scholarship and enrollment in COD’s Honors program and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Being close to home was another factor in selecting COD.
He’s interested in a career involving computers, something he’s thought about since childhood.
“My parents bought the first computer for the family when I was around 5 years old. So I would say it was a gradual process that I became interested in it,” he said. “I knew I was going into some kind of computer major, and eventually decided on computer science since it better fits my personality. I’d someday like to work in the IT industry, and if that doesn't work out, be a teacher.”
While at COD, Dang was part of the Pathways to Engineering program, a unique opportunity that allows qualifying students to complete their first two years at COD, meeting all program requirements, then transfer seamlessly to the University of Illinois’s renowned College of Engineering to earn a bachelor’s degree. Dang did just that, earning his bachelor’s in computer science from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
During the summer of 2015, he worked an internship at State Farm Insurance in Bloomingdale. Currently he is a data designer for State Farm in Atlanta, Ga., working alongside other data scientists for data discovery and visualization efforts.
Considering his move halfway around the world, Dang has an impressive list of accomplishments so far. He is happy with his selection of College of DuPage and everything he gained from the experience.
“I was helped financially by the Presidential Scholar program, while the Honors program also helped me in meeting quality friends,” he said. “The engineering and science departments have some really awesome professors, and without them I would not be on the path I am taking today.”
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