Professor goes above and beyond to leave enduring legacy of academic excellence

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n the 20 years since joining the Quinnipiac family, Professor Jonathan Blake’s task of creating a cutting-edge computer science program has evolved more than he could have ever imagined.

He has played a vital role in developing four undergraduate degrees, a master’s degree and the School of Engineering.

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“Early on, I realized that excellence in education is a journey, not a destination,” said Blake.

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“He has taught me to think in new ways that ultimately made me realize that I can learn anything, despite the complexity of the subject,” said Tyler DeGennaro ’20, MS ’21. “Professor Blake taught me that it is important to be a multidimensional thinker and learner in all subjects, not just computer science.”

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Blake teaches his students in a non-traditional approach, helping them absorb as much content as possible.

“He’s not just standing up at the front of the class scribbling notes, he’s bouncing from whiteboard to whiteboard, table to table, asking for input and suggestions,” LePage explained.

The professor’s enthusiasm and charisma extends well beyond the classroom — and onto the Ultimate Frisbee field, a sport he played competitively for three decades.

Despite his numerous accomplishments, Blake has a simple way of measuring success.

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“Love where you are, love what you are doing in life and love the people in your life,” he said. “Given these criteria, I can absolutely say that I am successful.”