It took just one course in computer science for Hunter Betz to make up his mind.
An aspiring engineering major at Purdue University, Betz needed to complete computer science as a prerequisite, but instead fell in love with the material and chose a new major path.
That path led him from Purdue to Rutgers–New Brunswick’s School of Arts and Sciences, where Betz graduated with a computer science degree.
"I knew right off the bat that’s what I wanted to do,” said Betz, who seeks a career in the artificial intelligence or machine learning realm. “There are some people who just want to work in finance or businesses where you’re not really producing anything or improving society. I want to work for an organization that’s improving the world or making the world a better place and doing something good and not just trying to make something efficient or more money."
A Somerset, New Jersey native, Betz made the decision to return home early in his college career. Rutgers’ prominence in the computer science rankings made it an easy decision.
"I changed my major and Rutgers was ranked above Purdue in computer science. It was an in-state school for me so it’d be cheaper to go there and I’d get a good education," Betz said. "One thing I realized was I don’t think I was mature enough to leave home, I don’t think I was ready."
Betz enrolled in the spring of his sophomore year and immediately got to work. He earned Dean’s List recognition, become involved with HACKRU, a 24-hour hackathon hosted on campus, and a year later earned a summer internship in San Francisco working with data virtualization company, Delphix.
With his time at Rutgers behind him, Betz is eager to see where his path leads next.
"I’ve had a lot of good professors here. I’ve had an overall good experience making new friends and meeting new people," Betz said. "You get a lot of diversity. And not just culturally, but how people interact with each other. That’s something that you probably won’t find at a lot of schools, how diverse it is."