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.”
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This UTSA tradition is a fun, engaging opportunity for Roadrunners to learn about the facilities, recreation programs and wellness services offered at the Main and Downtown Campuses while also enjoying tons of games and activities with new and old friends.Recreation and Wellness Center Texas Room (RWC 2.214) and San Antonio Room (RWC 2.218), Main Campus
The UTSA Ambassadors are here to help students find their classes before the first day of school! Bring your class schedule to the UTSA Ambassadors table in the Student Union Ski Lodge (near Chili’s Too!), and they will help you navigate the campus to find your classes.Student Union Ski Lodge (SU 1.01.00), Main Campus
Kickback at the Union is a welcome back event for new and returning Roadrunners. Come relax and learn about the Student Union, enjoy free food, games, photo booth, and a chance to connect with each department in the Union. Arrive early for free t-shirt and stay late for a movie.Student Union Paseo and Buildings, Main Campus
Following Kickback, stick around the Union for a free screening of Avengers Infinity Wars.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes its new freshmen with a breakfast, meet and greet with Honors College administrators, faculty, staff and peers and an opportunity to learn about the experiences they will have with the Honors College.Student Union Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
This UTSA tradition marks the start of a new academic year. All new students gather together as UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, administration and faculty welcome them to Roadrunner Nation.Convocation Center, Main Campus and overflow seating in Recreation and Wellness Center
This is an opportunity for students to learn everything they need to know about their major and college. Each UTSA academic college has a lot to offer including mentoring, class information, support and research opportunities.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campus
This is a casual event where new students can meet their college mentor.Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus