Chrosniak Has Earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, with a Second Major in Computer Engineering and a Minor in Engineering Science

Activities at UVA: Autonomous Racing, UVA Solar Car Team, Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team, Raven Society

Q: Looking back to the time when you applied to UVA Engineering, why did you choose this school?

A: I chose UVA Engineering because it gave me the most flexibility to shape my education. This has allowed me to take classes in economics, leadership, and environmental science to compliment my engineering degree.

After your time here, how are you different now how have you grown as a person?

My time at UVA has made me a more curious person. I am much more eager to ask questions and seek to learn whenever possible.

What was your favorite or most memorable educational experience at UVA Engineering, and why? Was there someone who helped you along your journey?

My most memorable educational experience was competing in the Indy Autonomous Challenge at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Watching self-driving racecars perform overtakes at speeds over 180 mph is a memory I will never forget. The graduate students on the team and our advisor, Madhur Behl, have been exceptional role models.

What’s next for you?

I will be staying at UVA to pursue a master’s degree in computer science.

What positive impact do you hope to make in the future? Is there a big societal challenge you’d like to help solve?

I want to improve the safety, accessibility, and sustainability of transportation through the development of all-electric, autonomous vehicles.

How has UVA Engineering prepared you for your future, for following your dreams or personal mission?

UVA Engineering has taught me that it takes more than technical skills to be a good engineer. Understanding the social impacts of technology and the ability to communicate with a variety of audiences are crucial skills for an engineer to learn.

What advice would you give to engineering students who are just starting out?

Embrace the work hard, play hard mentality! Finding a balance between academics and leisure is the key to a successful and enjoyable college experience.

Class of 2022: John Chrosniak

John Chrosniak has earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science, a second major in computer engineering and a minor in engineering science.