What makes Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture stand out from the crowd for those looking to get a degree?

We ask computer engineering major M. Vanessa Moran for her thoughts on what makes WSU such a special place.

Name: M. Vanessa Moran

Expected Date of Graduation: Fall 2024

Major: Computer Engineering

Minor: Electrical Engineering

High School: Ocean View High School

Activities: Boeing Mentorship Program, Team Mentoring Program, LAUNCH, SWE, Digital Media Club, Trio, LSAMP

Q: What have you learned in your major, or experienced in your classes or your activities during your time at WSU, that will help you most in your future?

A: My computer science classes have taught me to be detailed oriented, whereas my electrical engineering classes have kept me organized, especially during my programming classes where I descriptively worked on coursework that would reflect my style of coding tasks. The electrical engineering courses help me think outside the box but also to create long-lasting friendships with the people in my classes. As we move forward in our classes and careers, these connections can be so valuable.

Q: What made you decide to attend WSU? Why did you choose your major?

A: I decided to come to WSU because of research! When I learned that WSU is research based, it was the perfect opportunity to explore new topics and possibly head to the Ph.D. track. It has always been my dream to receive my doctorate. Choosing my major was very hard. I went through many different avenues, but technology has always been an interest. I love how technology keeps evolving and I want to be a part of change.

Q: Why would you recommend attending Washington State University? How have you benefitted by attending WSU?

A: I would recommend WSU because it is such a small community. The way that I get to interact with so many students on campus is amazing. I have benefitted in so many ways, especially through the programs that I have been a part of as they have led me to so many opportunities.

Q: What has been your favorite class, club, or program that you’ve been involved with at WSU, and why?

A: I love all of my classes and clubs, but one of the opportunities that I get to participate in is LAUNCH. It’s very different than my engineering classes or programs, but I love how I get to connect with many different types of students.