Brian Burg, a native of Hudsonville, Michigan, was selected as a Goldwater Scholar. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program aims to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.
At Purdue, Brian double majored in Computer Science Honors and Mathematics and minored in Japanese. He earned numerous honors including the CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award and the Purdue Computer Science Scholarship. He graduated in 2010 with honors.
Brian's work was not limited to Purdue. In his junior year, he traveled abroad and studied at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan. Brian conducted research in the Kobayashi-Sumii laboratory and was supervised by Professor Naoki Kobayashi. He was immersed in and learned the foundations of programming languages research, and investigated practical applications of the lab's theoretical process -- calculi work. The benefits of his travels were abundant. He recalled, "The freedom afforded in Japan taught me how to learn independently from textbooks and papers, as well as how to pursue lines of inquiry of my own creation." Brian entered graduate school in Fall 2010, and aims to continue his research professionally in either academia or industry.