Meet John Collins, a College of Engineering electrical engineering alumni and current program manager at Microsoft in Silicon Valley. Collins stopped by campus earlier this week to chat with current UTSA students about his experiences at Microsoft and how his experiences at UTSA got him to where he is today.
When Collins attended UTSA, he was president of IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu, and was a member of a number of other extracurricular groups as well.
“Those extracurricular activities and opportunities to have leadership positions in different areas here at UTSA gave me the opportunity to work with the various engineering skill sets I learned in the classroom,” Collins said. “Those experiences broadened my horizons.”
Currently, Collins is working as a hardware program manager on the Hololens virtual reality headset. According to the Microsoft website, HoloLens is the first fully untethered, holographic computer, enabling high-definition holograms to integrate with the real world. It will unlock all-new ways to connect, create, collaborate, and explore.
“I really enjoying working on the future of technology,” he said. “I feel like virtual reality if the future of engineering. It’s something that the whole world is excited about.
Collins said that he is proud to have come from UTSA and from Texas. So proud, in fact, he started a UTSA club at his Microsoft office in Silicon Valley.