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Recent graduate Gabe Stocco will be the first pre-engineering student from Bard College at Simon’s Rock to pursue a terminal degree in computer engineering from Dartmouth. Stocco, who entered Simon’s Rock in 2005, says that the College’s partnership with Dartmouth’s School of Engineering initially attracted him to campus. Well, the program and the fact that he was ready to leave high school early.  

Stocco began studies at Dartmouth in 2006, entering through their dual degree “3/2” agreement with Simon’s Rock. The signature program has qualified students study three years at Simon’s Rock and two years at Dartmouth. The idea is that students gain a well-rounded background in the liberal arts and sciences at Simon’s Rock, which aptly prepares them for an intensive pre-engineering program at Dartmouth.

“I think that the 3/2 program was great preparation for the PhD program at Dartmouth,” Stocco said. “It is an excellent choice for anyone interested in science or engineering studies.”   

The PhD program is highly selective, with only about 100 students enrolled. Within that small class, Stocco plans to study computer engineering, focusing particularly on network research and behavioral modeling—an area he’s gained considerable experience within after completing his senior thesis for Simon’s Rock. The thesis had him designing and implementing an end-to-end encrypted anonymous file sharing network.

“I chose that topic because it was an unsolved problem in network design which interested me,” he explained. “I am planning to continue to improve upon the network in my free time.”

Simon’s Rock physics faculty member, Michael Bergman, was not at all surprised by Stocco’s successes within the program and his thesis achievements. Simply put, he said, “Gabe is extremely talented at computer science.”