Meet Troy Davis, computer and information technology major
Troy Davis, Janesville, Wisc.
Major: Computer and information technology (CIT) with a network engineering technology concentration, a certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation, and a minor in communications
- Technology Student Ambassadors
- Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), president
- Business Professionals of America
- Army National Guard (Sergeant E-5)
- Assistant high school wrestling coach
- Purdue Information Technology employee
When I was little, my brother took me to a LAN party. I got to see how that was set up and how people with similar interests can bond. I knew right away that this was for me. In every CIT class, there has been a team project. It’s fascinating how we get along naturally. We can get to know each other in an hour because of our shared interest.
Making a difference
I really want to learn the technical side of IT and then work 4-5 years as a technical engineer to get to know all of IT. Then, I want to go into management where I can make decisions that I would accept as a technician. I like understanding how it works, and it’s important to understand the technical side to advise others later in your career. I am interested in working for the government or in national security.
I haven’t taken a bad class yet, but I really like the wireless and network design part of our major. You learn something that you can use every day. I’ve modified my own router to get larger signals and stronger signal strength in my apartment. I can deploy virtual machines, basically a private network in my computer, on my own laptop. Now, I can test projects on my laptop on one of the virtual machines before I test it on a lab computer.