Jayson Brennan

Computer engineering, '16

Jayson Brennan

Jayson Brennan said he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life after graduating high school.

"Starting with good fundamentals is the key when growing your career as an engineer, especially a software engineer. My professors at Trine knew this and their lessons were structured accordingly."- Jayson Brennan

“I know what I’m interested in at any given moment but I didn’t know how that translated into a job that I wanted to do day in and day out,” he said.

Jayson liked the opportunity to use problem-solving and creativity offered by engineering, and decided to attend Trine University for its engineering focus and small class sizes. The university’s general engineering program allowed Jayson to better understand what each engineering discipline does.

 “Professors from each discipline came in to give a brief presentation and answer any questions that we might have,” he said. “Seeing the presentation for computer engineering opened my eyes to all the different types of problems to be solved with software, because software is everywhere. That’s how I landed on computer engineering as my major.”

After graduating from Trine, Jayson wanted to build C++ applications, so he applied and accepted a software engineering position at L3Harris. Today he writes and manages Windows applications to support testing in the company’s Cross-track Infrared Sounder program, which helps weather forecasters more accurately predict severe weather outbreaks.

“Trine’s computer engineering program focuses on having a strong foundation in the basics of hardware and software,” Jayson said. “Picking up new languages and technologies is easy. Starting with good fundamentals is the key when growing your career as an engineer, especially a software engineer. My professors at Trine knew this and their lessons were structured accordingly. This made stepping into my current role quick and easy, allowing me to advance my career from the get-go instead of having to take the time to relearn everything the right way.”