STEMM Idol Speaker Nate Eloe

Nate Eloe is a 2006 graduate of Chaminade Julienne and a 2010 graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Physics. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Missouri S&T.

While working for Google during the summer of 2010, Nate was named one of the “30 Under 30” up and coming alumni of Missouri S&T.

According to a feature article in a winter 2010 issue of its alumni magazine, “Eloe was one of 1,026 students from 69 countries accepted into Google Summer of Code, a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open-source software projects. Thousands of students from all over the world apply and Eloe was fortunate enough to be selected for the program.”

On Tuesday, Nate spoke with CJ students during homeroom periods about the opportunities available in the field of computer science as November’s fourth STEMM Idol Speaker.

Computer science, Eloe summarized, is the combination of playing games, building models, and solving puzzles with studying and writing. Technicians must rely on researching and applying such topics as chaos theory, bioinformatics, game development, artificial intelligence, visual relationships and Calculus to arrive at creative solutions.

Eloe described the tools he has put to use through his own experiences working on exciting college projects, including designing a spacecraft launch-time predictor, designing and building a functioning plasma speaker, and programming a remote-controlled dog to follow its owner.

In his free time, Eloe enjoys applying his technical knowledge and skills to the light and sound systems used for theatrical and musical productions. The CJ graduate envisions using his talents to teach others, continue his research, and eventually develop a smartphone / tablet gaming application that incorporates the Foursquare concept with a “hazardous trap twist.”

Look for Nate’s 'Hazards' app on your electronic devices in the near future!