Nicklas Knudson, computer engineer 
Army Corps of Engineers 
First degree: biology

“I enjoy getting up in the morning because I have a job that I love, and I have an incredibly good work-life balance that I’ve never had before in my life. This program has improved the quality of my life immeasurably.”

Nicklas intended to go to medical school when he started on his biology degree, but changed his mind along the way. After working for two years as a biologist he decided to return to his early interest in computer science.

“I thought about getting a master’s degree in computer science but I couldn’t find any program that would accept my biology degree. The alternative was to go back for another four years to get a second bachelor’s. This program was a godsend for me because it allowed me to take what I already knew and bridge it to something that I was really passionate about,” he said.

Nicklas had several job offers upon graduation and chose the one he was most excited about — working with the Army Corps of Engineers on control systems for hydroelectric power plants.

“I enjoy going out to the dams and seeing the work that we do being implemented in the real world on these incredibly large structures that will blow your mind,” Nicklas said.

His brother, a pharmacist in Florida, watched Nicklas’ success with close interest and started the program just as Nicklas finished. He also plans to complete the program in one year.