Spotlight – Jake Tobak
Jake Tobak is a local student, from Newport and is currently a senior in URI’s Computer Science Bachelor of Science program, as well as completing a double major in Applied Math. Jake chose Computer Science because he knew while he would always be able to earn a comfortable living, he would know it would be doing something he really enjoyed and could love for years to come.
His favorite classes at URI have been Introduction to Programming and Design with Professor Hervé and Algorithms and Data Structures with Professor Lemagna. He also enjoyed Data Management Systems, taught by Lisa DePippo because of his work in databases and how it expanded his understanding, as well as Electrical Engineering 201, with Professor Swaszek because of its different approach to the field.
Last Summer Jake worked running the URI Summer Session webpage. He has additionally held an internship with health services where he created a database for the on-campus pharmacy to better track inventory. He is currently one of four Lab Monitors responsible for maintaining Tyler Hall’s two computer labs.
Jake is also the current chair of ECSIG, Engineering and Computer Science Interest Group, an on campus group that works together to further their understand of complex topics in the field of computer science and discuss up and coming technologies in the field. Outside of semi-regular meetings, the group also runs programming challenges.
After graduation from URI, Jake is looking to find work in web development. He enjoys working with PHP, and finds that this would best suit him and his desire to also continue his own outside projects with microcontrollers.
In his free time, Jake is also working on a startup business with friends that works in creating vinyl decals, glass and mirror etching, as well as his own work with microcontrollers.