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After graduating this month, Devin Wallace ’02, a computer science major from Ridgefield, Conn., will work as a software engineer in the research and development department of Apprise Software in Somerville, N.J.

“I feel confident entering the business world with the knowledge I have now,” he says. “Academically, Lafayette has pushed me, which I believe has extended my ability.”

“I think Lafayette’s strongest assets are the small classroom setting and student-to-faculty ratio,” adds Wallace. “These give students the opportunity to meet one-on-one with their professors.”

Wallace and two teammates won the Team Barge Mathematics Competition this semester after he took the fall contest with two different students. For eight weeks each semester, seven or eight groups of three to five students handed in a set of solutions to a weekly problem posed by the math department.

Through the Alumni Externship program held during this past January’s interim session between semesters, Wallace shadowed Mark Laubach ’89, assistant professor of neurobiology at Yale University School of Medicine.

“The externship provided exposure to basic neuroscience research, especially neurophysiology, in awake-behaving animals and computational neuroscience,” he says.

Wallace has competed and placed in two Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contests. He participated in an Alternative School Break trip in Honduras during his junior year and another in Danville, Va., this spring, where Lafayette students worked with Habitat for Humanity in Appalachia to build a home for a low-income family. A member of Chi Phi fraternity, Wallace has been an active participant in intramural sports, including flag football, soccer, singles racquetball, and foosball. He also rowed in the Crew Club and played drums in the Jazz Ensemble for one year.

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