This is the fifth edition of a multi-issue Blog introducing and celebrating the successes of Mindteck Academy's current Java "Bootcamp" Trainees in Madison, Wisconsin
Meet Nathan Y.
Mindteck Academy Java Trainee
Calculus? No problem! With a bachelor’s degree in Math, Nathan will give you a run for your money any day. Not only does he “love math for what it is,” but he also served as a tutor for high school and college students. His favorite class? Analysis – because it really explains “why” calculus works. (Does your head hurt yet?) For Nathan, this is what he does best, and he admits that he really owes his educational pursuits to his Mom. “I really wasn’t overly concerned with my future when I graduated high school and she really pushed me in the right direction.”
Speaking of his family – they really miss him and were very worried that he would not be able to handle the brutally cold winters of Wisconsin, since he was born and raised in beautiful and temperate Los Angeles County. Other than leaving his new Madison apartment on the first day of class with no hat and gloves in below zero temperatures (ouch!), he is really adjusting to the Northern life well.
Nathan jumped at the chance to join Mindteck Academy’s Java training class because he recently discovered that he really loves programming and was having trouble breaking his way into the industry. “I learned that unless you want to teach, there’s not too many career opportunities for those with a math degree. I always enjoyed the programming I did while in school and wanted to find a way to pursue it.” As a child, Nathan always wanted to be an “inventor”, and while what he’s doing now isn’t exactly what he envisioned as a little boy, it’s pretty close! “Programming is allowing me to create and invent things from scratch.” Nathan went on to say that it is unbelievable to him how much he has learned through Mindteck Academy. “I never would have been able to learn all this on my own, and it’s so applicable to the real world.”
While in college, Nathan used the programming skills he had in MatLab and Mathematica to develop a comprehensive Rubik’s Cube program which generates a random scramble for the user, provides a timer to time the solve, stores each time, and then allows the user to display the list of stored times (either as a list or graphically); it also provides the best and average solve times over any desired amount of runs, and gives the user the option to clear the list of stored times and start anew. It’s no surprise that Nathan is very proud of his ability to actually solve the Rubik’s Cube in under 30 seconds. Talk about a fast learner!
In addition to his B.S. in Mathematics from California Polytechnic State University, Nathan is really known for his love of weightlifting and snowboarding, and recently taught himself how to play guitar! He also enjoys traveling and had the pleasure of making a grand tour of Europe, visiting countries such as Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and England. For an analytic math major, Nathan has really figured out how to round out the logic with the fun stuff in life.