photo of Joseph Robbins


Computational Engineering


The Woodlands

What has been your biggest reward while pursuing your computational degree at UT?

Exposure to more coding classes and seeing all the opportunities where engineering meets computer science in the real world and helping found the Computational Engineering Association and making a great group of friends to study, code, and hang out with!

What has been your most influential COE, ASE or EM course and why?

Computational fluid dynamics, or CFD. CFD has been one of the most difficult courses I've taken, but I've never been exposed to a class that has so much real-world application before. CFD combines coding, computational science, high performance computing, and fluid dynamics to expose you to some really cool research and job opportunities within computational engineering that are going on all throughout the world!

If you are a transfer student, how did you adapt to UT Computational?

Switching from aerospace after my second year was really smooth, there was a natural transition after already taking 211 and a lot of basic courses. I feel like I'm a much better fit for computational as I wasn't great at fluid dynamics or mechanics of solids, but I'm excellent at applying those equations to code and building models/utilizing high performance computing to get results.

Has involvement in student groups and/or organizations made a difference in your education? If so, how?

Absolutely, CEA helped me realize I'm not alone, and that we're all in these difficult classes together, struggling and working real hard so that companies will realize just how much they want us.

List three things that most people don't know about you.

  • I'm an Italian from New Jersey.
  • I play electric guitar and (learning) bass guitar.
  • I also love photography.