In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Kraig Boates ’15 has been named the Stonehill College Computer Science Department’s 2015 Outstanding Student.
Boates, a computer science and mathematics major from East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, has demonstrated a commitment to scholarship that exemplifies the habits of mind that Stonehill seeks to help students cultivate.
“Kraig quietly and effectively absorbs everything we throw his way,” says Shai Simonson, professor of computer science. “He is the benchmark in the classroom for what is understandable and doable. When Kraig’s fellow students are unsure, they check that he knows what to do, and then they try harder.”
“Being an excellent student is one thing, but Kraig’s effect on others multiplies his positive influence.”
Boates, who lists “doing research on applying casual Bayesian models to solution fitness calculations” among his proudest academic achievements, interned at Digital Research Group (now Novetta) and has accepted a job there as a full-time software engineer after graduation. He also hopes to continue his education with graduate studies in computer science.
“Kraig keeps us [the faculty] on our toes,” Simonson adds with a smile. “There is no error that passes him by, and he modestly and quietly checks his comprehension by pointing out each and every one.”
“We are all thrilled to honor him, and we know that he will earn the trust and respect of his future colleagues just as he has earned ours.”
Selected Activities and Achievements
- President of the Lambda Epsilon Sigma Honor Society (Stonehill College)
- Vice president of the Stonehill chapter of the Association for Computer Machinery
- Inducted into the Kappa Mu Epsilon Honor Society (mathematics)
- Member of the Stonehill College Math Club
- Teaching assistant for various math and computer science courses
- Created a working compiler and virtual machine for the Pascal programming language
- Researched applying causal Bayesian models to solution fitness calculations
- Presented research on genetic and evolutionary algorithms at the 2014 Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeastern Conference