Michael Peterson

Class Year



Waukesha, Wis.


Computer Science

Michael Peterson took a programming class his sophomore year of high school, and the rest is history! Now he is studying computer science at Carthage, a program with project-based curriculum. 

Michael would describe the department as small. With sometimes fewer than 10 students in a class, students can really take advantage of working closely with the professors. Even though the program only has one full-time professor, “we still get to work with him one-on-one when we need to.” 

Michael even had the opportunity this last summer to work on a research project as part of the SURE program. He, Don Kuntz ’15, and Prof. Mark Mahoney continued the development of Storyteller version control software.  

“We get to work with our professor one-on-one when we need to.”

Michael Peterson, ’15

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

Mark Mahoney. He teaches most of the computer science classes.” 

Favorite class

“My favorite class has been Agile Software Development. This was a J-Term class where we all worked as a team to create a program.” 

Campus involvement

“I am a member of the Computer Science Club.” 

Toughest class

“Data Structures is the toughest class I have had so far. It involved a lot of complicated programming.” 

Opportunities at Carthage

“I worked on a SURE project in 2013 where we continued working on a program called Storyteller.” 

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Video games are not the only fun things that you can create with programming.”