MADISON, Wis. Those who know Travis Frederick well admit that he demonstrates some of the telltale characteristics that make up the quintessential nerd.
For starters, he is double majoring at Wisconsin in computer engineering and computer science, a combination of courses grasped by only a select few on the entire campus. When he studies in his dorm, he does so with three computers. And as a teenager, he spent much of his time taking apart electronic devices simply to see how quickly he could put them back together.
The only thing missing is the pocket protector and duct-taped glasses.
"He's kind of a computer nut," said Josh Oglesby, who lived with Frederick a year ago. "He had like three computers on his desk at once. He had a switch that flipped to all three different screens. Just crazy stuff. I went up there and was like, 'I don't even know what's going on here. I'm going to go back downstairs before my head explodes.'"
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