Scholar Spotlight: Kian Weimer
Bright Scholar at the University of Iowa
Bright Scholar, Kian Weimer, is a Computer Science and Engineering major. He attends the University of Iowa and is expected to graduate in Spring of 2022.
How has the scholarship allowed you to do these things: Graduate on-time, debt-free, launch your career and give back?
This scholarship allowed me to continue my education without worrying about the high costs of college. Because I don’t need to earn money to pay for tuition, I am able to focus on school. I have also been able to take part in internship and research opportunities that will be very beneficial in my future career. I hope to one day be in a position to help others have a similar experience, as I have experienced first-hand how valuable and helpful it can be.
How are you exploring your career and preparing yourself for life after college?
I am always looking for opportunities to gain experience in my field. In addition to school, I have done research on deep learning medical image enhancement, and I am now working with other medical image processing applications.
I have also had an internship every summer since I started college. I worked one summer as a manufacturing engineer at Centro before deciding to focus on computer science. The last two summers I worked as a backend developer at IBM for the IBM operating system.
I am confident these experiences will greatly enhance my career opportunities after college.
What is your favorite class and why?
My all-time favorite class was one of my first computer science classes, Computer Science I. I came to college as an undeclared engineer, and this was the class that inspired me to choose my degree path. While it was challenging, it exposed me to many different components of computer science while allowing me to create programs with real-world applications.
Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?
In five years, I hope to be working as a software engineer, maybe at IBM where I’ve interned the last two years. I hope to work on something innovative that impacts people on a daily basis. I also hope to get into real estate investing. I’ve always been interested in houses and almost went to school to become an architect.
In 10 years, I hope to still be coding and leading a team in building something important. By that time, I hope my real estate portfolio has grown to include quite a few houses!