Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full Name: Brendan Scott Walker.
High School: Wynfield Christian Academy.
Family: Parents, Scott and Renee Walker; brother, Brian.
Current Employment: Computer programmer in the development department at IDMI Systems.
Degree: Bachelor of science in information technology, class of 2010.
Activities: Honor Society member, National Society of Leadership and Success member, Middle Georgia IT Users Group member, and Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout and adult leader.
Career: “Ultimately, I want to combine my passions for gaming and interface design into a career designing and creating enjoyable user experiences for video games. There are likely to be numerous milestones leading up to that goal, but that's where my gaze is set.”
He chose Macon State College because … “I had a couple of colleges in mind, but I finally decided on Macon State. Graduating debt-free was an important factor in making my decision, but I also didn't want to sacrifice the quality of my education in order to achieve that. Macon State has always had a reputation for holding its students to a high standard, and it exceeded my expectations, preparing me for higher level theoretical thinking necessary in graduate school as well as the practical applications needed for entering the work force.”
The one thing that surprised him about Macon State was … “The professors at Macon State are accessible to students. If I ever needed help or guidance from a professor regarding my school work or even something outside of my classwork, they were there to discuss it with me. That's something you won't find at most colleges.”
His favorite professor was … “While I believe all of my professors brought their own gifts and knowledge into the classroom, I probably associated myself the most with Dr. Terry Smith since our passions coincide. I have always known I was going to work with computers. As I matured, I recognized how my specialized experience could be put to use, and Dr. Smith's passion for human-computer interaction cemented my own in place.”
One thing people don’t know about him is … “I was a professional gamer for two years signed to Major League Gaming. I traveled with my team all over the country competing at national tournaments. I've ‘retired’ now, but have gone on to work part time for Major League Gaming.”
The one person he’d most like to meet is … “With the advent of the Information Age, there really isn't anyone that you need to physically meet with anymore since all of his or her knowledge is available to anyone with a computer and a connection. The one - perhaps obvious - answer is Jesus because of all the questions He could answer and uncertainties He could make certain.”
Five years from now he sees himself … “Living just outside the bustle of Atlanta, nearing completion of my master’s degree in human-computer interaction at Georgia Tech, and gaining valuable work experience, hopefully creating interfaces that aren't just accessible and usable, but also enjoyable.”