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Name: Ben Gitles

Age/class year: 20, sophomore

Hometown: Winnetka, Illinois

Why did you choose NETS over another engineering school? Over another major?

It seemed like a cutting edge program, combining my interests for engineering and business, a lot of economics which was really interesting to me. I was considering chemical engineering, but this seemed like the way of the future.

How did you become interested in this stuff?

The only real experience I had with computer science was Johns Hopkins computer program, which I actually didn't really like, it was just a lot of coding. Freshman year in high school I took business and marketing classes and loved them.

How did you know this is what you wanted to do?

I went in thinking maybe I'll transfer to chemical engineering, but I really liked it here.