Meet Brock Benson, a current student of Emerging Digital Academy’s Iwatani Cohort!


Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born in Fargo, ND and grew up in Oxbow, ND.


What was your occupation before graduating from EDA?

I worked in customer service.


Why EDA?

For the opportuity to create a career out of my passion for technology.


What has been the most interesting or suprising part about EDA so far?

That it isn’t as difficult as I was expecting it to be. Also how great Mason and Blaine are as instructors. They make it much easier to learn some of the more difficult concepts with their ability to explain it well while also showing great examples of the use cases.


Are there any companies you would love to work for?

Microsoft, as I grew up gaming on and Xbox 360 and they have a Fargo location.


What are your hobbies outside of EDA?

I love to golf, play poker, and game as they all allow me to be social and stay close to my friends and family.


Is there any advice you would give to somebody thinking about joining EDA?

Anyone can do it, don’t feel like you don’t have the skills to go through this training. As long as you are willing and eager to learn, you will succeed.


Give a shoutout to somebody in your cohort. What have they done that has wowed you?

Kathryn, as she has a long history of learning and I am impressed that she wants to continue to do so, even after her previous academic ventures.


What are you grateful for?

I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn from some incredible people at EDA and to be in a position to have a successful career ahead of me.

Kennedy Fields

Kennedy is a Minneapolis native who came north to NDSU in 2020, where she double majored in English and International Studies with a certificate in Professional Writing. While at NDSU, she traveled to eight countries and was co-president of the Entrepreneurship Club, and today, she is passionate about contributing to the contagious environment of innovation and connection that Emerging Prairie fosters. When she's not reading or drinking coffee, you can find her cross country skiing, planning game nights, learning to make new foods, and dreaming up her next travel destination.