STEMM Idol: Matt Piekenbrock '10

An Eagle alumnus came back to CJ to share how his STEMM education is helping him prepare for his next steps in his education and career.

STEMM Idol speaker Matt Piekenbrock '10 returned to CJ as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series last month. He is a computer science graduate student at Wright State University.

“I didn’t know what computer science was when I was in high school so I wanted to show students things they might not have known about computer science, and I think that is very exciting,” Piekenbrock said.

In addition in preparing to defend his master’s degree at WSU this school year, Piekenbrock received his undergraduate degree at the same university. He is currently preparing to go to school for his doctorate after receiving his master’s.

“I’d like to stay in academia if possible,” Piekenbrock reflected. “I also don’t have too much preference on my university. It is definitely important and the classes you choose, but ultimately you choose how well you’ll succeed after school.”

Piekenbrock continued,”Computer science and artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the world as we know it, and no one knows about where it’ll go from here.”

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at

Posted March 5, 2018