Armed with tools and knowledge he gained at the University of Idaho, the journey of learning and discovery never stops for Damian Ball. He has already earned a bachelor's degree in computer science at the University and is working on his master's degree in computer science, but this winter, he will graduate again with a bachelor's degree in mathematics.
“What I’ve been taught at the University is the ability to learn,” says Ball. “Now it’s up to me to find out what I am capable of doing with that knowledge.”
As Ball started his graduate program, he took a hard look at math in his studies. Realizing it was a critical component of computer science that would help his understanding of the subject, Ball added the classes to his schedule.
Ball first came to the University during Vandal Friday, drawn by the well-respected computer science security program. He says it was the inviting atmosphere of the campus and people that clinched the decision.
“People here are great; the professors are prepared and engaging – and helpful as well,” says Ball. “You know you’re getting a good amount of knowledge in your courses.”
In addition to his studies, Ball has made an impact on campus through several organizations he participated in, including residence hall president, ASUI appointed board chair, Residence Hall Association executive board member, tenure committee member for two professors and president of the Association of Computer Machinery on campus. He also has held a job with ITS at the Center for Teacher Innovation, in addition to developing research software as an undergrad and graduate student.
“It’s nice the University of Idaho has the infrastructure for people to get involved and offer the choice for people to be as involved as they want to be,” says Ball. “It’s been a lot of fun; the most fun I’ve had in my life so far.”
With the completion of his master's degree this spring, Ball is looking ahead to the future, whether it holds doctoral work or finding a job.
“I’d like to do interesting things, solve interesting problems,” says Ball. “It would be amazing if those solutions are helping people and making a difference in the world.”