Born in Needville, Texas, just south of Houston, Becker grew up with a passion for computers.
“When I was in high school, I had a computer science teacher that really pushed me to reach my potential,” he said. “She got me involved in a few competitions, and succeeding in those really showed me that this was what I wanted to do.”
Becker was immediately attracted to the world-class cybersecurity programs at UTSA, but he wasn’t completely won over until he visited campus.
“It was just really beautiful,” he said. “It was widespread and open, and I just felt like I really belonged here. I knew I wanted to spend my college years here.”
Once enrolled at UTSA, Becker quickly dove into his studies, which he found both challenged him and fulfilled his passion for computer science.
“I love the challenge,” he said. “There’s always a new problem to be solved. It’s like a puzzle that requires logic and math to solve. It’s always different.”
He took on a computer science major with a concentration in computer and information security. After finding himself surrounded by students with similar passions, Becker immersed himself in student organizations.
“I’d advise any UTSA student to get involved,” he said. “College is an adventure, and being a part of these organizations gives you a support system and lifelong friends.”
Becker served as the president of the Association for Computing Machinery at UTSA. The nationwide organization encourages computing research and collaboration among scientists. He also served on the UTSA Career Center Student Advisory Board and the College of Sciences’ Dean’s Student Board.
“It’s been an enriching experience,” he said. “I feel that I’ve made a large impact on other students’ time here at UTSA.”
Becker’s greatest challenge has been time management and making sure his ambitions don’t overtake the amount of time he has to balance his studies with his extracurricular activities.
“There are so many opportunities at UTSA,” he said. “If you want to do something here, you can do it. There are so many different avenues to help you accomplish what you set out to do. Really, the sky is the limit.”
Becker has accepted an offer to be a software developer at USAA after he graduates. He credits UTSA lecturer Larry Clark with mentoring him during his time at UTSA and helping him decide where to go after graduation.
“I’ve gone to him for personal, professional and academic advice, and he’s always been there for me and helped me go in the right direction,” Becker said. “That’s really characteristic of my time here at UTSA. Every step of the way, I’ve had guidance and support, and it’s been such a rewarding experience.”
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
March Into Your Major is a major exploration fair intended to provide students with information on selecting their major.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
During this moderated open forum, Roadrunners will hear one of the finalists for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs give an overview of qualifications, interest in the position and vision for the academic enterprise at UTSA, followed by a question and answer session.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
During this moderated open forum, Roadrunners will hear one of the finalists for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs give an overview of qualifications, interest in the position and vision for the academic enterprise at UTSA, followed by a question and answer session.Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to come together and volunteer at various San Antonio nonprofits.Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus