Anthony Fleck, third year computer science major and Camras Scholar, stumbled into an interest in computer science by way of video games. When he was in middle school, he set out to create a video game and spent countless hours reading tutorials, watching YouTube videos, and learning basic syntax, variables, and control flow. “By the end of this self-education, I was no longer worried about creating video games, but wanted to dive into the field of computer science,” he said.
This summer, along with Xian-He Sun, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Fleck is expanding on Sun’s NASA-funded research to determine whether Open Ethernet Drives can be as effective as single nodes in a cluster at performing common computing tasks and more cost effective than other common systems. Using this research experience, Fleck plans to then build a simulator that will allow others to test the capabilities of OEDs, as well as allow configuration of different processors with more cores, more random access memory, and more storage.
“My favorite part about computer science and programming is that problem solving is so important. I have always enjoyed puzzles, riddles, or anything that required some out-of-the-box thinking. Nothing is better than when I finally break through the tough problem to get that ‘Eureka!’ moment,” said Fleck.
In addition to his research this summer, Fleck spent the summer as an IT intern at Alliance Contractors Incorporated, where he created a custom Java swing application to handle the daily board schedule for the foreman at the company. He is also a teaching assistant for the Illinois Tech computer science course, Data Structures.