Leon Wu ’20 Heads to Air Force Tech Institute for Software Engineering

The veteran student from China has a penchant for photography and passion for computers, which he will explore while pursuing a master's in software engineering.


Name: Leon Wu 

Hometown: Shenzhen, China

Major: Computer Science

Future plans: I will be attending the Air Force Institute of Technology where I will pursue a master’s degree in software engineering.

Why did you choose Manhattan College?

I was looking into North Carolina State University and Duke University when a previous Manhattan College alumnus mentioned how great the College is for veterans. The College has a great Air Force ROTC program and they do a good job of taking care of their veterans. Also, the opportunities offered by being in New York City appealed to me as well.

What are some of your more memorable experiences at Manhattan College? During my sophomore year, I was inspired by the camaraderie in our Athletics department and broke out my camera to take pictures of our sports teams in action. I remember taking photos for the women’s soccer game against New Jersey Institute of Technology and something just clicked. I was documenting life and I enjoyed the teamwork, an aspect that reminded me of my time in the military. The athletes’ mindset of hard work also motivated me to strive to be the best version of myself.

What jobs or internships have you had? I served for four years in the Air Force before applying to colleges. I had a real desire to serve the United States and had been deployed to the United Arab Emirates and the whole experience broadened my eyes. When I came back to the United States, I had a lot more appreciation for the freedom and the opportunities that this country offered to its citizens, which is why I want to continue serving as an officer in the Air Force.

Is there anyone you would like to thank for your experience here? 

I would like to thank my friends, the faculty and the professors on campus. The College is unique with such huge opportunities. I have always wanted to give back to what they have given me.

By Pete McHugh