The Matt and Sue Johanson Diversity in Technology Fund provides opportunities for CAST students – News

Audra Heistand

Audra Heistand

The computer science program in the College of Applied Science and Technology teaches students to use computers to solve problems. The major provides students with a background in computational theory, design, hardware, and operating systems.

Audra Heistand is a sophomore computer science major who received financial assistance through the Matt and Sue Johanson Diversity in Technology Fund. “This scholarship allows me to focus more of my time and energy submerging myself in my studies instead of worrying about finances,” Heistand said. “With the aid of the generous support I’ve received, I hope to one day help others through technological contributions of my own.”

Heistand is looking forward to taking electives like Principles of Software Engineering and Secure Software Development where she can explore her coding interests. She is also involved in the registered student organization, Women in Technology and is vice president of the ISU student chapter of

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