Outstanding Students of the Year - Coastal Carolina University
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Outstanding Students of the Year

The Department of Computing Sciences Outstanding Students were recognized at Honors Convocation.  The Honors Convocation is a singular occasion for the faculty's recognition of outstanding academic achievement by our students and colleagues. To emphasize the academic significance of this occasion, recognitions are limited to the academic awards, HTC Honors College graduates, acknowledgement of Dyer Fellows, Jackson Scholars, Swain Scholars, Teaching Fellows and Wall Fellows, the Distinguished Student Award, the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award and the Undergraduate Research Competition Awards.

Below are the 2022 Students of the Year:

Santee Cooper Master of Science in Information Systems Technology

James Martin is from Rock Hill, S.C. where he currently resides with his wife and two daughters (3 and 0). He has been at Coastal Carolina University since 2016 and a graduate student at the university since 2020, set to graduate with his master of science in information systems technology in 2022. His academic interests are primarily in artificial intelligence and deep learning. After graduating, he plans to work in artificial intelligence and pursue his interests professionally.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science 

Kyler Febbroriello 2022 CS Student of the YearKyler Febbroriello hails from Conway, S.C, and attended Carolina Forest High School. Since arriving at Coastal Carolina University in 2019 as a Computer Science major, he has achieved the President’s list for four semesters and the Dean’s list for one semester. He is set to graduate with the Summa Cum Laude honor in the summer of 2022. Recently, Kyler is working with Professor Michael Murphy on an academic project named TealVirt to streamline QEMU virtualization. After graduation, he plans to find a career in software engineering and hopes to obtain a master's degree in the field.

Bachelor of Science in Information Systems 

Michael Link 2022 IS Student of the YearMichael Link is originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, has attended Coastal Carolina on a Presidential Scholarship and is enrolled in the Degree in Three program for information systems. He has earned President’s list honors each semester, and is a member of the international honor society, Upsilon Pi Epsilon. Michael has worked as a tutor and TA within the Department of Computing Sciences along with completing internships for CACI International and LabCorp. He currently works as a software developer for Archetype SC while finishing his degree. Upon graduation, Michael will be returning to LabCorp as an IT Project Specialist and plans on attending graduate school to further his education in information technology.

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology 

Dawson Pickford 2022 IT Student of the YearDawson Pickford hails from Atlanta, Ga., and attended Loris High School. While studying IT and minoring in Communication, his commitment and discipline lead to five semesters on the President’s List and two semesters on the Dean’s List. He was actively involved in Coastal Carolina University’s Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, an honor society for the computer and information disciplines. In his senior capstone course, he built and configured an Ubuntu Server Cluster, and his research saved much time for the university’s system administrator. For his academic success in high school, he was awarded the Teal Scholar Award and Life Scholarship. He plans to pursue a career in Cybersecurity.