Engineering wasn’t the reason Caitlin Danielson chose the University of Iowa. Growing up in Iowa City, her dream was to become a member of the Iowa Dance Team.
“I remember being a little girl and going to a UI Homecoming event and seeing the Iowa Dance Team perform,” she says. “I told my mom that’s what I wanted to do, and that never went away. My goal in high school was to become a good enough dancer to make the Iowa Dance Team, and I did it.”
She did that, and more. This weekend, Danielson will become the first UI student to graduate with majors in computer science and engineering within the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree.
The new degree program was approved by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa on June 9. The degree is a joint effort between the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. At the time of its approval, only 11 other U.S. universities offered accelerated degrees in computer science and engineering. It is the first in the state of Iowa.
“This new major will prepare students for a variety of emerging careers and for advanced study in the many areas demanding computational and engineering skill sets,” says Er-Wei Bai, UI professor and departmental executive officer of electrical and computer engineering.