Student Spotlight: Kevin Naughton
Major: Computer Science
Kevin Naughton wasn't sure what career path best suited him.
“I did not want to go to a four-year university without knowing what my desired major was,” he said. “College of DuPage was fantastic and allowed me to experiment with different courses to see what interested me without making me feel like I was wasting massive amounts of money.”
In addition to discovering that computer science was what he wanted to study, Naughton also excelled in other areas at COD. For example, he received the Carter Carroll Excellence in History Award honorable mention for outstanding work in the field of history writing.
“The paper I wrote was a comparison of the 1915 film ‘Martyrs of the Alamo’ and the 2004 film ‘The Alamo,’ ” he said. “The paper discussed the different ways that the two films approached the subject matter and analyzed how the time period in which the films were made affected the content and bias of each film. The topic was assigned by my U.S. History professor, Edward Bates.”
Naughton was also a member of Phi Theta Kappa and traveled to India through COD’s Field and Experiential program. Transferring to DePaul University, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Network Technologies and is now finishing a master’s degree in Computer, Information and Network Security. In addition, he recently began working at DePaul as an Associate Network Engineer, which is exactly what he studied to do.
In 2017, Naughton was part of DePaul’s team in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) that placed first in the state of Illinois, first in the Midwest Regional and fourth at the national level. He will compete again this year and hopes to improve on the team’s placement at nationals.
He’s glad that he chose to study computer science, which first interested him when he would mess around with computer hardware during the summers.
“I decided on my major after building a computer, which was a ton of fun but also very challenging,” he said. “I felt that an industry revolving around these machines and the way they work was the industry for me. That’s what I like about it so much. It’s very rewarding to tinker with something and tweak it until it works just the way you want it to. It’s a real sense of accomplishment to watch everything light up and work for the first time.”
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