NSL Student Brett McCormick Wins Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Information Technology Award
Brett McCormick transferred to UNT in the Fall of 2009 from Collin College (Collin County Community College), where he studied Convergence Technology in an NSF funded ATE program. He found out about UNT's IT program through David Keathly and Convergence Technology Center staff Ann Blackman. Once he got to UNT, he dove straight into college life at Santa Fe dorms, where he met his best friends and girlfriend, and started adjusting to Engineering school.
As Brett went through the IT program, he met his partner in crime Kyle Taylor, and they have really developed an entrepreneurial spirit. Once they gained enough knowledge through the CSE classes, they started work on their Senior Design project, a Public Transportation Tracking System powered by mobile phones. Their project paper has been accepted at the National Transportation Workforce Summit so Brett and Kyle will travel to Washington, DC on April 24 to participate in the conference and represent UNT.
Brett's senior design team is developing their transit tracking system with collaboration from Denton County Transit Authority, and they are planning on testing their system during April and May. They will present their project during the Design Day on April 27. Brett is the team lead and he said it has been an exciting, but stressful process!
Outside of the design lab, Brett gives tours to prospective students as a College of Engineering Ambassador in the Dean's Office. Brett said it has been an amazing job and opportunity to work with the Dean's office staff to help prospective students decide on an engineering school.
Brett also participates in other extracurricular activities, such as the College of Arts and Sciences Innovation Challenge, AT&T Hackathon event, member of UNT IEEE student chapter, recreational and high school soccer referee, UNT Robotics Society, Keep Denton Beautiful Volunteer, Excellent Engineers Volunteer, and Girl Scouts Robotics Competition volunteer (IEEE event), and more!
From Summer 2009 to January 2012, Brett worked at UNT's own Network Security Lab, and he has since began pursuing work in the mobile apps industry. Over the summers, he has also worked in the CSE Department's Robocamp programs. In Summer 2012, Brett will be doing an internship with Bottle Rocket Apps in Addison as an Android Developer.