Don Kuntz

Class Year

’15

Hometown

River Forest, Ill.

Major(s)

Computer Science

Don Kuntz’s favorite part about Carthage’s computer science major is the logical aspects of it. “The most important part of programming isn’t writing down the code, or even remembering the occasionally cryptic keywords,” he said. “It’s coming up with a logical solution to problems. As a logical thinker, that really appeals to me.” 

Carthage has a small computer science program, which allows Don to get to know everyone in the department very well. He has even been working with Prof. Mahoney and Michael Peterson ’15 on the development of Storyteller version control software.

“I’ve worked on Storyteller as part of the SURE Program last summer with Michael Peterson ’15 and Prof. Mahoney.”

Don Kuntz, ’15

Career goal

“At the most basic level I want to solve problems and express those solutions in codes.” 

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

Prof. Mark Mahoney jokes that he always wins because he’s the only full-time computer science professor we have, but my favorite would still be Mahoney. Most computer science students typically have at least one class with him every semester, which gives you a better relationship than at a larger school where you never have the same professor twice. Plus, he is willing to go out of his way to help.” 

Favorite class

“Norse Religion. It counts as a religion credit, and those guys are awesome. Everyone should take Norse Religion!” 

Opportunities at Carthage

“I’ve worked on Storyteller as part of the SURE Program last summer with Michael Peterson ’15 and Prof. Mahoney. I previously worked on it during Fall 2012, and I’m helping out with it this semester as well.” 

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

“Don’t think that because it has the word ‘computer’ in it that it’s all about computers, or that it will be easy because you’re ‘good with computers.’ Computer science isn’t really about computers, it’s about solving problems logically and expressing the logical solution in code. Try a computer science class. Programming is fun, but don’t assume that it’ll be easy!”