While your studies undoubtedly need first priority, go out and try new things. Look into different clubs and organizations, because they are where you will make friendships and potential business connections that may last a lifetime.
Robert Barringer
Computer information technology

Robert Barringer

Computer information technology

What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?
What I find most enjoyable about the cyber security program is that in our classes we don’t just sit through dull lectures; we get hands-on practice with system analyses, both offensive and defensive, which show us the real-world effects of what we are learning.

What has been one of your favorite class projects?
Last year in my CNIT 272 database fundamentals class, we got to actually choose an organization and design a database that would help store data in an organized and effective manner. It was helpful to see how to logically lay out a database and gave me more appreciation for all the databases that we use every day.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?
I am active in both the Army ROTC program as well as Greek life. I wanted to be able to experience the most with college and I am glad I sought out different professional and social organizations.

What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?
Your college years are the best years of your life. While your studies undoubtedly need first priority, take the opportunity to go out and try new things. Look into different clubs and organizations, because they are where you will make friendships and potential business connections that may last a lifetime.

What made you decide to choose your specific major?
I have always wanted to work with computers and cyber security with the military or Department of Defense in some way. By majoring in cyber security, I am learning skills that I will utilize every day of my actual career. 

Have questions? Email me at rbarring@purdue.edu