Ben Rucker

  • Class of 2022
  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
  • Pronouns: he, him, his

Courses supported: CMPINF-0010; CMPINF-0401; CS-0445; CS-0447; CS-0449; CS-1501; CS-1502; CS-1520; CS-1530; CS-1660; CS-1678

Major: Computer Science

Academic Level: Senior

Achievements and Accolades: Dean's List; 2nd place in Fall 2021 CS Internship course; Incoming Software Engineer at Palantir

Activities and Clubs: Computer Science Club

Internship, Research and Experiential Learning: Software Engineer Intern at Erie Insurance

Post graduation plans: Vibe :)

Why did you become a UTA? To grow as a leader, teacher, and mentor. Also, teaching is the best way to learn something.

What is the best advice you would give to a student who may need additional support? The best students in my classes are not the ones who are already good at everything, but instead, the ones who ask for help. So don't be afraid to reach out! Success requires hard work, and we are here to help make it easier for you :)

What is the best study tip you have for a student taking the course you UTA for? In CMPINF-0010, utilize class time to finish your homework and ask your TA for help. 90% of the time, you can be done with the work before you leave the classroom!

Why should students come to your UTA office hours? I make it a priority for every student to leave my office hours with the tools necessary to finish their work on their own (read: I want you to get full points on your homework!)

What is your favorite thing about the subject you UTA for? CMPINF-0010 is interesting because although it's an intro-level course, the final project has students doing real-world data science work. The skills involved with this are unique, varied, and sometimes tough to learn. However, they are applicable to any field that a student might find themselves in.