Caleb Chow

Caleb Chow

Dean's Scholar

Computer Engineering
Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering


Why did you choose your major?

I became interested in computers and how they worked at a young age. As a result, my family encouraged me to explore programming. I took a few programming classes in high school and my fascination with the subject was confirmed when I took my first intro to programming class - I enjoyed it from the start and looked forward to every class. I liked the challenge of solving problems and the logical thinking involved in writing programs. From then on, I knew that I had to pursue a career involving computers and programming. Since I also loved to build things, computer engineering was the logical choice for me.


What does receiving this particular award mean to you?

It is an honor for me, but it also reflects the effort and care that a lot of people have invested in me. Many people have encouraged and supported me along the way. I am very grateful for them.


Who has been influential in your life and/or who has contributed to your academic success?

I am blessed to be in such a supportive environment. My family continually encourages me to do my best and pursue my passion, and the faculty at SJSU challenges me to not only obtain knowledge, but also apply it in practical ways. In addition, my peers and I study together to help each other better understand the material. All these people play an integral part in helping me achieve my academic success.


Did you overcome any hardships or adversities in your life that have helped shape who you are today?  And if so, could you please briefly elaborate?

I have not encountered great hardships in my life, but I know that persistence and perseverance are the most important things in overcoming these challenges.


What would you say to other students to encourage or inspire them to attain academic excellence?

I would tell them to do their best and to learn as many new things as possible. Grades matter, but they are not the most important thing. Instead, focus on understanding the content rather than memorizing. This will help you to think logically.


How do you envision yourself in 5-10 years?

In five to ten years, I hope to be working as an embedded software engineer at a company where I can fully utilize my skills. I want to be constantly learning new things, since the world is changing every day.


Nominated by the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering