Informatics empowers ASU grad to innovate
Editor’s note: This story is part of a series of profiles of notable spring 2023 graduates.
Patrick Wojcik was drawn to Arizona State University for its nationally recognized engineering program and innovative culture.
“ASU's commitment to entrepreneurship and experiential learning aligned with my personal values and aspirations, ultimately making it the perfect choice for me,” he says.
Wojcik pursued a degree in informatics in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU, noting he was encouraged by the degree’s interdisciplinary approach and emphasis on practical, real-world applications of technology.
“I was surprised to learn how diverse the applications of informatics can be, from developing data-driven health care solutions to designing user-friendly technology interfaces,” he says. “Informatics combines elements of computer science, information science and social science to create innovative solutions.”
He credits the Fulton Schools’ reputation for giving him the tools to succeed.
“When I think of the Fulton Schools, I think of innovation,” says Wojcik, who is from Goodyear, Arizona. “The Fulton Schools are known for their forward-thinking approach to education, interdisciplinary collaboration, cutting-edge technology and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
“Overall, the Fulton Schools create a culture of innovation and inclusivity that inspires and prepares students to make a positive impact in the engineering field.”
Outside the classroom, Wojcik served as a member of the Sun Devil Motorsports’ aerodynamics team, where he used skills from his major to contribute to his team’s success. He also founded the university’s Polish Student Association, helping establish its mission and goals in addition to increasing membership and engagement across the student body.
As Wojcik reflects on his time at ASU, he is grateful for his well-rounded education that has prepared him for the workforce.
“My experience in the Fulton Schools has taught me the importance of working together and thinking outside the box,” he says. “Through group projects and interacting with students from different fields, I learned that diverse perspectives can lead to more creative and effective solutions. It's a lesson that I'll carry with me throughout my career and personal life.”
After graduation, Wojcik will be staying in Tempe and joining YellowBird Holdings as a software engineer.
“By designing and implementing innovative solutions,” he says, “I can help organizations and individuals make better decisions, streamline processes and create positive change in the world.”