Student Stories

Cody Alger

Cody Alger

Electrical & Computer Engineering, Class of 2015

Hometown:
Decatur, IL
Activities:

Rugby

Aero Society of Automotive Engineers (ASAE) Design Team´╗┐

“I’ve always thought that getting my education is the most important thing, and it’s great to be around people who feel the same way.´╗┐”

Why I Chose SLU: I’m Not Just A Number

When I was a senior in high school, my admission counselor called me and congratulated me on receiving the dean’s scholarship, which I thought was nice of her. Then, when I came to visit campus, she saw me walking around and said, “Hey Cody!” Just that gesture showed me how great the community is at SLU. My older brother goes to a big state school and he’s just a number. I knew that SLU would be different from that in a good way.

What I Like About Parks: Opportunities for Innovation

Well, I definitely like the smaller class sizes - it wasn’t a big adjustment from high school, and I’ve gotten to meet all my professors. They’re all really helpful. From the start, I made a lot of friends with similar interests because I lived in the engineering learning community. I’ve always thought that getting my education is the most important thing, and it’s great to be around people who feel the same way.

There’s also a lot of opportunities to do cool things. During my electrical engineering 101 class, a Boeing employee came to class to talk to us about what engineering actually is. He talked about some different things that engineers do, including building quad copters. After that session, I talked with my professor about how I would like to build a quad copter. My professor helped me get the funding, and then I built the remote controlled quad copter, which is capable of flying while lifting an empty soda can. I’m going to keep working on it, and I hope it will fly autonomously by the end of this year.

What I Want to Do After Graduation: Computer Engineering

I’m not totally sure yet. I definitely want to be an engineer. I think that it would be really cool to work on autopilot computer programs for helicopters and airplanes.