Robert Nicholas Vandemark (preferred name Nick) is currently training to become a University Innovation Fellow. Nick attends York College of Pennsylvania (YCP), where he is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Engineering, a B.S. in Computer Science, a minor in Mathematics, and a minor in Physics. Along with his dedication to his education, Nick’s active in one of his campus’ honors program the Graham Innovation Scholars, and he’s also involved in a number of extracurricular activities. These include, but are not limited to:
- Co-organizer of YCPHacks, YCP’s hackathon
- Co-developer of YCP’s first makerspace, the Graham Innovation Zone
- Developing robotics for a local York startup company
- Member of Tech Tinkerers, an initiative that gives young kids the tools and resources they need to learn and get excited about computers and programming
The Kinkaku-Ji Temple (the Golden Pavilion) in Kyoto, Japan
Nick has lived in Pennsylvania all his life – born in Paoli, lived in Exton until the age of three, and has since moved around in West Chester. Nick was lucky enough to attend B. Reed Henderson High School, recently announced to be the number four public high school in the nation. The environment there promotes creative/hands on learning with a welcoming atmosphere, and gave him the resources he needed to succeed. Because of his experience there and the AP tests that were offered to him, he went into his freshman year at YCP with 45 credits, allowing him to graduate on time with a double major and double minor. Overall, Nick has had a fantastic experience with higher education, something that’s been important to him for a long time.
As part of the Graham Innovation Scholar program, Nick was offered a seat in a design thinking class, one that stressed the importance of hands on learning, innovative mindsets, etc. He left this course with a completely different view of efficient business practice and principles. Throughout his college experience, Nick has been offered plenty of great opportunities like these to advance his academic career and shape his future, and he wants to do everything he can to improve his classmates higher educational experience.
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