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Chaz George

Chaz George | SUU to Naval Aviator


Chaz George transferred to Southern Utah University to study accounting, however, after taking a computer science class with Dr. Heiner, Chaz discovered his true passion was for the sciences and throughout the course of his first semester, he made the decision to switch majors.

“Dr. Cecily Heiner and Dr. Shalini Kesar were especially influential for me at SUU,” said Chaz. “They both made themselves very available for assistance in programming and getting the internships I had while at SUU and afterwards. Dr. Heiner especially took the time to review resume after resume, and to recommend me to the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates.”

As a computer science major, Chaz recalls an interdisciplinary project he worked on with the engineering department. The project was to build a small, layered system which could cheaply and efficiently grow plants while reducing water waste and optimizing plant growth. This and other experiential learning opportunities helped him identify his strengths.

“I learned quickly that I prefer careers that are more hands on,” said Chaz.

Now, Chaz’s current position in the U.S. Navy involves familiarizing himself with the basics of the flight and operation of naval aircraft with an end goal of becoming a naval test pilot. The mentoring relationships that Chaz developed with his professors at SUU and his transition to computer science helped him prepare for his future goals and career.

Chaz plans to use his degree in computer science to pursue a masters of systems engineering which will complement his naval service.

“In 2 years, I will earn the title of Naval Aviator and work to support and defend the Constitution and missions of the United States from the skies.”

Learn more about SUU’s Computer Science Program.