On Wednesday, January 2, Peter Olson '15 spoke to the St. Sebastian's Robotics Team. As a student at St. Sebastian's, Peter served as Lead Programmer for the Team during the 2014-2015 competition season. Peter is currently a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, and will graduate this May with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science, concurrently. Upon graduation, Peter will head to Portland, Oregon to work for the Intel Corporation.
In his talk, Peter covered a wide variety of topics including: his discovery and development of his computer skills during his middle and high school years; his academic journey through college that led him to his Intel internship and job; the similarities, differences, and crossover between computer engineering, computer science, and computer programming; and guidance to Team members interested in becoming more versatile and capable programmers.
Peter credits St. Sebastian's with providing a rigorous learning environment with high standards that helped him stand out during his Intel internship, particularly with regard to his ability to clearly communicate his ideas and experimental results both verbally and in writing. In addition, Peter emphasized the value of the dedicated project rooms in which students on the Robotics Team are afforded the opportunity to take chances and solve problems in an informal, creative setting. Peter ended his remarks with a reminder to students to remain balanced and empathetic in an ever-competitive, ever-demanding world.