STEPHENVILLE — Tarleton State sophomore Teddy Oweh heads to California in May for a four-month software engineering internship at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. The internship is a first for the university and a dream come true for the computer science major.
Not bad for a 16-year-old.
“This is a big accomplishment for Teddy and affirms Tarleton’s engineering programs as among the best in the nation,” said Dr. Rafael Landaeta, Dean of the Mayfield College of Engineering. “Our faculty and student researchers are breaking boundaries and achieving breakthroughs. Teddy is at the forefront.”
Teddy will work with the Wireless Technologies and Ecosystem team analyzing data from Apple devices to improve embedded artificial intelligence and machine learning systems. He’ll get true-to-work experience and collaborate with some of the world’s best innovators.
“I’m honestly very excited,” he said. “I’ve been preparing for this a good portion of my life, and I can’t wait to contribute to a dynamic company like Apple.”
Teddy, who turns 17 shortly after arriving at Apple, graduated from high school in Nigeria at 14. After a gap year, he moved to the U.S. in Spring 2022 to pursue his bachelor’s degree. He credits Tarleton’s academic might and cutting-edge discovery as drawing cards. Courses in artificial intelligence sealed the deal.
He spent his gap year working for a couple of software companies and improving his coding skills. His new country, culture and school required a big adjustment, but cross-disciplinary networking and a welcoming campus made the transition easier.
Already, Teddy has researched algorithms for machine learning models in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, disease spread using stochastic processes on networks and differential equations in the Department of Mathematics, and computational modeling for Tarleton’s Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research to support environmental and agricultural advancements.
He has served as payload engineer for the Tarleton Aeronautical and Rocketry Team and a Student Government Association member. He’s president of the Tarleton Computer Society.
There’ll be no slowing down when Teddy graduates in May 2025. He will immediately start postgraduate work to further his research in generative adversarial networks.
The Mayfield College of Engineering offers 14 programs, with more on the horizon as enrollment passes 1,000. Classes are available at Tarleton’s Stephenville and Fort Worth campuses, A&M-RELLIS and online.
Supported by a community of professionals and expert faculty, the college has become a reliable pipeline to meet the state’s growing need for highly skilled engineering, computer science and construction graduates.
To learn more about the Mayfield College of Engineering, go to www.tarleton.edu/engineering.