Hello there. I grew up in Iowa and am currently a graduate Computer Science student at Iowa State University. My research interests include Program Analysis, Compilers, High-Performance Computing, and Computer Architecture. Apart from academia, I find enjoyment in exploring a myriad of hobbies. I’m passionate about computers, Open Source projects, 3D printing, mechanical keyboards, motorcycles, soccer, and hiking.

Luke Marzen standing in front of a giant bean painted with mathematical symbols.

Luke standing in front of a giant math bean at the Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska. Why a giant math bean? Because who wouldn’t want to stand next to a giant math bean?


I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in several internships throughout my time studying Computer Science. In May of 2021, I began my first internship as a Software Engineer. It was a 7-month Co-Op at Collins Aerospace in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At Collins, I supported the verification effort of flight deck software for the Tuning and Control Panel (TCP-2100) and the Display and Crew Alerting Systems (DCA) for Boeing 787 and 777x. After my Co-Op, I kept working for Collins part-time while enrolled in classes before transferring to Raytheon Missiles & Defense the following summer for an internship. Most recently, I joined a Pre-Silicon Verification team with Arm’s Architecture & Technology Group in Austin, Texas. There, I contributed to the development of an advanced dynamic random test generator that is used extensively by CPU design teams throughout the Arm ecosystem.

What’s Next for Me?

In May 2024, I will return for a second internship with Arm, continuing work in Pre-Silicon Verification. After that, I will return to Iowa State University to complete the final semester of my Master’s degree. I am pursuing employment upon completion of my Master’s degree.

Why I Write

Writing is a powerful tool for rationalizing one’s opinions. I write as a way to explore different points of view and share ideas I find interesting. I think this excerpt best summarizes my motivations for writing.

…I have to write to discover what I am doing. …I don’t know so well what I think until I see what I say; then I have to say it again. — Flannery O’Connor1


The best way to get in contact with me is via email. Run this command in your terminal to decode my email address:

$ echo "l1mLu9GdvJHcApGbuVmeyFWb" | rev | base64 -d

This obfuscation protects my privacy against email scraping bots. If you encounter any issues, feel free to contact me through the other platforms listed below.

To see what open source projects I am contributing to, check out my GitHub.

Connect with me on LinkedIn.

  1. The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor ↩︎