While serving in the United States Marine Corps as an electronics maintenance technician Patrick Gaines’ mind would drift toward thoughts of studying computer science in a university setting. “I enjoy the infinite creativity that is possible with computers,” said Gaines.
After five years in the Marine Corps, Gaines joined the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He served as president of the Software Developers Association (SoDA) where he helped to organize the first annual Coding Competition. As a student in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) he designed an Android mobile application interface for MATLAB, a high-performance language for technical computing.
As a junior, Gaines had the unique distinction of earning a $10,000 Google Student Veterans of America (SVA) scholarship.