Portrait of a Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Student - Dylan DomenicoBy Bridget M Kunz
Binghamton University's Watson School offers six different undergraduate majors, this time we talk with Dylan Domenico who is focusing on electrical and computer engineering.
Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Domenico lives in Rafuse Hall in the Dickinson Community on campus. He is in his sophomore year.
Q: How did you choose your major?
A: I came into the program thinking I wanted to do biomedical engineering. After taking some of the courses I realized I wasn't digging the whole medical side of things like chemistry and biology.
I had more of an knack for the computer programs we were using and I liked it more, so I made the switch!
Q: What clubs or organizations are you involved in?
A: I am working with a group of other students to brainstorm ideas for a start-up.
We are working under the Binghamton University Entrepreneurship Department.
We are trying to enhance the VR, or virtual reality, experience to be utilized beyond just video gaming. One idea we have is to create a virtual reality headset that can be used in the classroom to take take students on a virtual field trip. We have a lot of other ideas in the works too.
Q: Do you have any jobs or internships?
A: I work at the John Arthur Cafe in the Fine Arts Building. This is my second year there.
I also am an Undergraduate Course Assistant in a Watson lab for freshmen. I am an extra resource for students in that course if they have questions.
Q: What are your thoughts about your experiences at Binghamton so far?
A: I'm really happy here. I think it's because you can always try something new, like even start your own club. The main thing I like is that sense of limitless opportunity to do more.
For example, one day I went over to the ITC (Innovative Technology Complex) to explore and ending up speaking to a professor about his lab.
Now, I'm working on a database he is formulating. All I had to do was to ask if I could observe and now I have been there for a while.
There are a ton of opportunities to expand your knowledge.
Q: What is your favorite place to study on campus?
A: This might sound weird, but I like studying in the MarketPlace.
I get really bored when I study, so the hustle-and-bustle makes me more alert and focused somehow.
Q: Where is your favorite place to get food?
A: I like eating in the MarketPlace.
Moghul is probably my favorite station.
In the dining halls I like the pasta station in Appalachian.The Sodexo employee that works it is the nicest woman ever.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: I watch a lot of Netflix, for sure.
Right now, I'm watching Parks and Rec. I'm really into sitcoms.
When my friends and I are feeling more adventurous we will go to downtown Binghamton and explore all the cool shops down there.
We went into a store once and found some cool knick-knacks and custom bound notebooks. It was just a cool experience.
Q: What does a typical day of the week look like for you?
A: 7:40 a.m. - My alarm goes off, I get up and shower. I usually have packed my bag the night before.
8:00 a.m. - I grab breakfast from CIW dining hall and eat on walk my walk to class.
8:30 a.m. - I go to work as an undergraduate course assistant position in the Engineering Design Division Lab. It's on the ground floor of Bartle Library.
10:40 a.m. - I work a shift at John Arthur Cafe in the Fine Arts Building.
12 p.m. - I'll go back to my room and catch up on homework. I will possibly nap or watch Netflix with my roommate.
2:50 p.m. - I make the walk from my dorm to Physics Lab in Science II.
4:15 p.m. - I walk to Mountainview for Physics Discussion right after lab.
6 p.m. - I'm already up there, so I'll eat at Appalachian dining hall with friends. I love the pasta station!
7 p.m. - I go back to my room and do any remaining homework or hangout with friends.
11 p.m. - I try to be good and go to bed, but I usually get distracted and end up talking with people until midnight or 1 a.m.