Ming DeMers

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Intended Major: Information Science 

Minor: History

Since my first computer, a VTech Learning Laptop, to my current frankenstein machine, a desktop cobbled together by garage sales and electronic recycling bins, I've loved working with technology. I started coding with Scratch in 2nd grade, and soon taught myself Batch programming afterschool in the library. Today, I've used my coding skills in an internship and numerous self-directed projects. I also enjoy studying history and literature. I believe there are certain universal themes and emotions that are only exposed when studying the humanities. 

Combining my interests, I want to become something of a "tech philosopher." Someone who considers the ethical, societal, and political implications of innovation. I want to create technology that helps, not hinders. I think Dr. Ian Malcolm's quote is especially pertinent to today's interconnected and evolving world: "You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and... were so preoccupied with whether or not you could, you didn’t stop to think if you should.”

I plan to major in Computer Science but want to study a diverse array of subjects at Cornell. In collaboration with peers and professors, I am excited to learn and discover more about this world. I am incredibly grateful towards the Milstein Family, the Milstein Program, and the College of Arts & Sciences for this immense opportunity.

Outside of academics, I am a volunteer firefighter, a 3rd Dan black belt in taekwondo, theatre stage manager, and hope to become a NYS Certified EMT this August. I also enjoy playing the cello, running XC and T&F, and photography.

My favorite movie is "Amadeus," but my favorite composer is Dvořák.