Alumni Spotlight: Leo Van Deuren ‘16

Leo Van Deuren graduated from Drury in 2016 with a major in physics and two minors in math and computer science.

Pursuing Physics

From a young age Leo has always enjoyed science. After coming to Drury, his desire to study in the science field only strengthened. 

“I gravitated towards physics not only because I thought it was one of the most interesting fields of study, but also one of the most challenging.”

During his studies Leo had the opportunity to present to fellow computer science and physics students at two different conferences.

“My favorite project was my capstone research project for both physics and computer science where I had to write a computational physics program that calculated the propagating electric field of a circuit.”

View Leo's Research Project Presentation

Applying Knowledge

“I would say the two most important skills that I learned at Drury were how to think critically about a given problem and how to work with others to accomplish a difficult task.”

Leo is currently a Software Developer at Allied Solutions Group in Springfield, Missouri. His main responsibility is working on Allied Solutions’ Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software application.

“The most rewarding part of my job is the ability to learn new programming languages, frameworks, and technologies. Then apply them to a project where my work immediately effects how several different companies do business and interact with clients.”

Taking Chances

Keeping an open mind at Drury led Leo to his current profession.

“My professor, Dr. Sigman, talked me into talking ‘Introduction to Computer Science’ and my passion for computer science was born.”

His advice for beginning physics students is to collaborate with other students.

“I know I wouldn’t have survived some of the long nights studying for ‘Introduction to Quantum Mechanics’ without the help and support of my fellow classmates.”

In the future, Leo would like to pursue a master of doctorate degree in big data, computer science, or computational physics.