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CSE Alumni Email Newsletter

February 2013  

CSE News
CSE Alumni News
Student News
College of Engineering News
UNT News

Greetings from the CSE Chair

Chairman Barrett Bryant

Dear CSE Alumni and Friends,

Our CSE Department is growing. The number of entering students has increased 40% from the same time last year. Of course, having more students require more faculty. Three new faculty members joined us in Fall 2012. Now we are searching for a faculty member in the security area. We will be interviewing candidates during the next few weeks. We hope to make a decision during March. Look for our announcement in the next CSE Alumni Newsletter.

Congratulations again to Dr. Kavi and the Net-Centric IUCRC on winning the Tech Titan award. We just received the award check for $20,000 at the end of January. This will be reinvested into the IUCRC. Congratulations to our CSE Cyber Defense Team on qualifying for the Southwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition! Coming up in April, our CSE Department will host the SoMiC Workshop: Security on the Move and in the Clouds for the second year. Read below how you can make a presentation at this workshop. Please check out all the news below from our CSE research groups.

I am still excited from seeing so many alumni at our 40th Anniversary Celebration, but please don't wait another ten years to come back to UNT! There are many opportunities for you, our alumni, to come back to campus. You can join us as a "Professor for a Day" at any time during the semester. You can share your career experiences with our current students. Contact me to find out how you can get involved. We welcome your support of our CSE Department!

Barrett Bryant
Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science and
Engineering News

Tech Titan Award Check presented to Net-Centric IUCRC

(L-R) Dr. Barrett Bryant, CSE Chair, Dr. Krishna Kavi, Net-Centric IUCRC Director, and Miguel Garcia-Rubio,
CENG Associate Dean, with the presentation check on January 30, 2013.

The 2012 Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC) Tech Titans of the Future award was presented to Krishna Kavi, Director, in August 2012 at the Tech Titans Gala. The award is given to a university program that educates and trains future technology innovators. MTBC represents and promotes Dallas — Fort Worth area technology companies and STEM education.

The Tech Titan of the Futures award recognizes educational institutions that encourage and support students in choosing engineering and technology-related disciplines as a preferred path. This award category spotlights DFW area higher educational institutions’ tech-related curricula and incentives to perpetuate tech-related knowledge transfer.

A joint venture between academic, government and commercial institutions, the Net-Centric Software and Systems IUCRC has been formed where the university environment can be used to promote collaborative research between industrial and academic partners. Students work on projects that are sponsored by technology companies such as AMD, Boeing, Intel, Raytheon, Texas Instruments, and other smaller software developers. The Center is expanding with the addition of new universities and new industrial organizations.

The next semi-annual IAB meeting of the Net-Centric IUCRC will be held April 2 and 3, 2013. The meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn at St. Louis Airport.

CSE Cyber Defense team qualifies for Southwest Regional CCDC

(L-R) Tawfiq Shah, Santiago Serrato, Dr. Gomathisankaran, Christa Holt, Yernat Yestekov, and Jimi Mills
at a practice session on February 1.

The Cyber Defense Team from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering has passed the qualifying round and will compete in the Southwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) on March 9 and 10 in San Antonio, TX. The qualifying round was held on January 25 and 26. Teams from the following universities will be competing:

  • Oklahoma State University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Texas A&M University—College Station
  • Texas A&M University—Commerce
  • Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi
  • Texas A&M University—San Antonio
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Texas—Austin
  • University of Tulsa

Dr. Mahadevan Gomathisankaran is the faculty sponsor for the team. The following CSE Students will participate in this competition:

  • Yernat Yestekov (MS)
  • Rajesh Reddy Pinniti (MS)
  • Christa Holt
  • Tawfiq Shah
  • Santiago Serrato
  • Jimi Mills
  • Srujan Kotikel (PhD)

Congratulations to the team on passing the qualifying round and good luck in the final competition in March!

Security Workshop in April 2013

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, in collaboration with the National Convergence Technology Center at Collin College, will host the 2nd SoMiC Workshop: Security on the Move and in the Clouds on April 5, 2013. Speakers from area Faculty, Graduate Students, and Industry Professionals are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Suggested general topic areas include:

  • Mobile Security
  • Cloud Security
  • Physical Security
  • Network Security Issues
  • Social Network Security
  • Watermarking
  • Social and Economic Implications of Security
  • Other related topics are also encouraged

For more details about the conference please check the website. Proposed session or poster titles and abstracts should be submitted to or no later than March 10, 2013. Final notification to presenters will be made by March 15, 2013.

CSE hosts NACLO 2013

Teacher Ian Connally brought his NACLO Club members from
R.L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth to the competition.

The regional competition for the North American Computational Linguistics, NACLO was hosted on January 31, 2013 by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas. More than 40 high school students from North Texas participated in this competition.

NACLO is an educational competition in Computational Linguistics, the science of designing computer algorithms to solve linguistic problems. It challenges students to develop strategies for tackling problems in fascinating real languages and formal symbolic systems.

Rada Mihalcea, Associate Professor, and Genene Murphy, CSE Staff, supervised this event, along with the following graduate students: Shibamouli Lahiri, Veronica Perez-Rosas and Ravi Sinha.

To see more pictures of this competition, go to this media gallery page.

Distinguished Speaker Seminar

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering hosted Associate Professor Jeff Lei from the University of Texas at Arlington as a guest speaker on January 25, 2013. His presentation was on "Combinatorial Testing: Theory, Methods, and Applications"

The next Distinguished Speaker will be Nancy Amato from Texas A&M University on February 22, 2013. She will speak on "Sampling-Based Motion Planning: From Intelligent CAD to Crowd Simulation to Protein Folding". To see other Distinguished Speakers coming in Spring 2013, go to the CSE Seminars page.

Undergraduate Students invited to apply for REU

The Bug Wars is a Research Experience for Undergraduates site project that exposes students to research on software testing and AI planning through both competition and collaboration. REU Participants will receive:

  • The opportunity to work on exciting research in the area of web testing.
  • $5,000 stipend for 10 weeks.
  • Housing.
  • Social activities, including food.
  • Some students will receive a travel stipend for moving expenses.
  • The opportunity to be part of program that has a strong emphasis on collaboration with other students (you won't sit at a computer by yourself all day/every day).

This REU program provides the opportunity for 8 undergraduate students to spend the summer as part of a cohort that works on software testing research for 10 weeks from May 21 to July 27, 2013. Participants will work closely with a Computer Science faculty mentor. Applications are due March 1, 2013. For more information, please go to this website.

Computer Systems Research Group News

Dr. Kavi at the Belem Tower in Lisbon.

Professor Krishna Kavi presented a paper titled "A description language for QoS properties and a framework for service composition using QoS properties", at the 7th International Conference on Software Engineering, held in Lisbon, Portugal, Nov. 19-23, 2012.

In addition, the Computer Systems Research Group published (or will shortly appear in print) the following papers.

  • C. H. Lin, C. Y. Lin, K. M. Kavi and D. J. Chen. "Finding near-optimal message scheduling settings for SHA-256 algorithm using genertic algorithms", accepted for publication in the Journal of Information Science and Engineering.
  • J. Sherman, B. Potter, K. Kavi and M. Igantowski. "A multicore memory organization for 3D-DRAM as main memory", Proceedings of the 26th International conferernce the Architecture of Computer Systems (ARCS-2013), Prague, Czech Republic, Feb 19-22, 2013.

  • T. Janjusic, K. Kavi and C. Kartsaklis, "Trace driven data structure transformations", PMBS 2012: 3rd International Workshop on Performance Modeling, Benchmarking and Simulation of High Performance Computer Systems, in conjunction with Super Computing Conference (SC-12), November 10-12, 2012, Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • S. Kotikela, K. Kavi and M. Gomathisankaran. "Vulnerability assessment in cloud computing", Proceedings of the 2012 Intenational conference on Security and Management (SAM'12), July 16-19, 2012, Las Vegas, USA.

The CSRL lab is hosting 4 graduate students from the University of Pisa. Giuseppe Regina, Stefano Pianelli, Giandomenico Pisano and Domenico Pace will spend Spring 2013 semester at UNT, conducting research under Dr. Kavi's supervision. They will then use the results of the research towards their MS Theses at the University of Pisa.

News from Dependable Computing Systems Laboratory (DCSL)

(L-R): Savitha Chintakindi, Qiang Guan, Yash Ramamurthy, Dr. Fu, Ziming Zhang, Jason He, and Ravi Teja Gannavarapu.

DCSL members Ziming Zhang and Qiang Guan made multiple paper presentations at the 31st IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference (IPCCC 2012) in Austin, TX in December 2012. Two important papers that are related to the PhD dissertations of Ziming and Qiang were presented at the conference:

  • Z. Zhang, Q. Guan, and S. Fu, "An Adaptive Power Management Framework for Autonomic Resource Configuration in Cloud Computing Infrastructures", in Proceedings of the 31st IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference (IPCCC), December 2012.

  • H. Pannu, J. Liu, Q. Guan, and S. Fu, "AFD: Adaptive Failure Detection System for Cloud Computing Infrastructures", in Proceedings of the 31st IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference (IPCCC), December 2012.

Husanbir Pannu also presented two papers at IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2012) and International Conference on Advanced Data Mining and Applications (ADMA 2012) in December 2012.

  • H. Pannu, J. Liu, and S. Fu, "Self-Evolving Anomaly Detection for Developing Highly Dependable Utility Clouds", in Proceedings of IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), December 2012.

  • H. Pannu, J. Liu, and S. Fu, "A Hybrid Anomaly Detection Framework in Cloud Computing using One-Class and Two-Class Support Vector Machines", in Proceedings of International Conference on Advanced Data Mining and Applications (ADMA), December 2012.

Graduate student Ziming Zhang passed the PhD Proposal examination on December 6, 2012 by giving a dissertation proposal on Adaptive Power Management for Auto-Configuration in Cloud Computing Systems, to his PhD Committee, consisting of Drs. Song Fu (advisor and committee chair), Yan Huang, Krishna Kavi, and Saraju Mohanty. Congratulations to Ziming!

Information Management and Knowledge Discovery Lab News

The Information Management and Knowledge Discovery Lab (IMKD) has been busy. Dr. Huang received a two-year Texas Department of Transportation grant to study how mobile phones and embedded sensors can help with a travel survey. Travel surveys are important for obtaining current and reliable data on traffic movements and play a key role in transportation planning, modeling, and air quality analysis.

PhD student Jason W. Powell and Dr. Yan Huang attended 20th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems on November 6-9 2012 in Redondo Beach, CA. Jason Powell presented his paper: "Detecting Regions of Disequilibrium in Taxi Services Under Uncertainty" co-authored with Dr. Huang.

Dr. Huang worked with students and collaborators at Fudan University China and won the second place prize in the 2012 ACM SIGSPATIAL GIS CUP competition. The competition is on map matching which requires aligning GPS points to road segments fast and accurately. The submitted entry is based on Hidden Markov Model and multi-threading technologies and achieved both high accuracy and high matching speed.

IMKD lab welcomes new PhD student Zhi Liu. Zhi graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in the Summer of 2012 with a BS in Computer Science. HIT is ranked in the top five in Computer Science in China. He was recommended by a HIT faculty member that Dr. Huang met when she visited Microsoft Research Asia in summer of 2011.

New members join LIT Lab

Dr. Rodney Nielsen joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Fall 2012. He received a dual PhD in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2008. Dr. Nielsen joined Dr. Rada Mihalcea and Dr. Paul Tarau in the Language and Information Technologies (LIT) Lab, and has recently added the following new members:

  • James Trevor Gale is a junior pursuing a major in computer science. He is a developer on the SEEDING project under Dr. Nielsen. He enjoys traveling and hopes to be a QA lead for a video game company or a software development company.

  • Nishitha Guntakandla is pursuing her masters in UNT-CSCE with her specialization in Artificial Intelligence. She has done her undergraduate work at JNTUH, India, where she studied basics for programming languages.

    She is working with Dr. Nielsen on "Companion Bots for Proactive Therapeutic Dialog on Depression." This project focuses on elderly people who are isolated and suffering from depression. The ultimate goal is to build a bot that is capable of performing natural conversation, just like humans, and simultaneously share some positive thoughts that would lift them out of their depression.

  • Mingyu Lin is an undergraduate student from Taiwan. This is his third year at UNT and in the United States. Mingyu says, "Learning English is tough, but it is still my top priority!" He is really happy that he could join this team and learn from this project.

  • Karen Mazidi is a PhD student. She received her BA degree in Computer Science from Baylor University in 1980, after which she spent several years in Dallas as a programmer/analyst. When she decided to pursue her Master's degree, she looked at the universities in the Dallas area and chose UNT. She received her MS degree in Computer Science from UNT in 1988. After graduation, she co-authored several computer science/engineering textbooks with her husband.

    In addition to writing books and raising her two sons, Karen has been teaching at various technical colleges. When she started thinking about going back to school for her PhD, she once again looked at the colleges in the area and chose UNT due to their exciting research in machine learning and NLP topics.

  • Frank Paiva is a senior computer science student with a mathematics minor. He works on Dr. Nielsen's SEEDING project. He hopes to go to graduate school to study Natural Language Processing.

  • Bandita Sarma graduated from the National Institute of Technology in Silchar, India in 2011. After graduation, she joined the Electro Medical & Speech Technology Lab at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), India as Assistant Project Engineer. At IITG, she worked on a consortium project on the development of an online handwriting recognition system for Indic languages funded by the TDIL division, Dept. of Electronics & Information Technology, Govt. of India. Bandita is now a masters student at UNT and working on Natural Language Processing under the guidance of Dr. Nielsen.

  • Abhiraj Tomar is in his final year as a Computer Science undergraduate from BITS Pilani University, India. Over the past year he worked on Search Engine Optimization and created a clustering algorithm based on Semantic Analysis and Graph Theory. Abhiraj has been heavily involved with marketing activities of his institute festivals. He is also a huge soccer fan.

  • Chengyuan Zhuang is an MS student who graduated from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications with his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Technology. He has received several science competition awards in math and physics from primary school to high school. "Edi" has a great interest in Natural Language Processing and is now in an education project under the direction of Dr. Nielsen. He likes to watch movies, listen to music, and walk. He likes to make friends too.

Welcome to all the new LIT members!

News from NanoSystem Design Laboratory (NSDL)

The NanoSystem Design Laboratory (NSDL) had a very productive year of 2011-2012. During this time, 6 peer-reviewed journal papers were published and 16 conference publications were presented. A book was co-authored by Prof. Mohanty and additionally two patents were filled through UNT. NSDL has now 3 PhD, 2 masters, and 2 undergraduate students actively engaged in cutting edge research in nanoelectronics.

Selected journal and transaction publications which include student co-authors are the following:

  • O. Garitselov, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos, "A Comparative Study of Metamodels for Fast and Accurate Simulation of Nano-CMOS Circuits", IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM), Vol. 25, No. 1, February 2012, pp. 26-36.

  • S. P. Mohanty, E. Kougianos, and O. Okobiah, "Optimal Design of a Dual-Oxide Nano-CMOS Universal Level Converter for Multi-Vdd SoCs", Springer Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing Journal, Vol. 72, No. 2, August 2012, pp. 451-467.

NSDL PhD candidate, Geng Zheng, made two presentations at GLSVLSI 2012 in Salt Lake City, UT. In particular, the following paper is related to his PhD dissertation:

  • G. Zheng, S. P. Mohanty, E. Kougianos, and O. Garitselov, "Verilog-AMS-PAM: Verilog-AMS integrated with Parasitic-Aware Metamodels for Ultra-Fast and Layout-Accurate Mixed-Signal Design Exploration", in Proceedings of the 21st ACM/IEEE Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI), pp. 351--356, 2012.

Another NSDL PhD candidate Karo Okobiah made the following presentation at the International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED) held at Santa Clara, CA:

  • O. Okobiah, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos, "Ordinary Kriging Metamodel-Assisted Ant Colony Algorithm for Fast Analog Design Optimization", in Proceedings of the 13th IEEE International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED), pp. 458-463, 2012.

Both Geng and Karo also made presentations at IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI 2012) which was held at Amherst, MA. Two papers were also presented at a VLSI Design Conference held in Hyderabad, India to which student members of NSDL traveled.

CSE Alumni News

Alumni Focus on Wes Fox

I graduated from UNT in 1992 with a BS in Computer Science and minor in Mathematics. Instead of listing my titles, honors and accomplishments (if you are interested in that, look me up on LinkedIn), I thought I would share some of my memories and things that were learned along the way. That being said, I have worked every role in a company from entry level tester to President & COO of a multimillion dollar corporation. The most important lesson I learned during the past 25 years is to learn to enjoy your work and appreciate the people you get to work with.

While enrolled at UNT, some of my memories include installing the first Ethernet network (that was 10Base2 coax – before twisted pair came along) for the Computer Science Department in the 330 Lab of the GAB. Tim Christian (now an Assistant Dean at UNT) and I crimped coax cables by hand, ran them though the floors/ceiling and installed adapters in 8086 IBM clones that did not even have hard drives. During the summers, I was part of a team that worked at IBM testing software (we car pooled, worked from 8pm – 5am). One student on the team, Lin, would tell us stories of being at Tiananmen Square. Another memory was the time the HaIon emergency button was accidentally pressed in the computer room – what a mess to clean up. I remember great programming and theory classes with Don R, Jan Carroll, Dr. Conrady, Dr. Das, Dr. White and Dr. Jacob. I remember taking a UNIX administration class taught by Billy Barron before UNIX or Linux was cool. I recall an experimental class for Object Oriented Design using C++ or the Directed Study on an emerging technology called SQL (remember this was pre ANSI SQL-92). I remember a radical new professor to UNT (Dr. Parberry) wanting to start and setup a game graphics and programming lab.

I mention these specifics to show that UNT provided an excellent foundation for me to enter the workforce – as employee or entrepreneur. They were offering not only an education for the current demand but what would be mainstream in the future. I feel very fortunate to have gone to school and graduate during the time period I did. It was a transition period from mainframe to PCs, from Assembler/COBOL/Fortran to C/C++/Java/Perl and from closed systems into open source with integration. I often say that the best investment I have ever made was my degree from UNT. I paid for my entire schooling with that one summer working at IBM while in my Junior year, but the investment continues to pay me year after year.

Upon graduating, I did not take the job that paid the highest amount. I took the job that looked like the most fun and the one that I would learn the most – Convex Computer. We wore shorts every day, had a racquetball court onsite and free beer Fridays. I also learned a deep knowledge of UNIX, C, X and client/server development. I also committed to myself to move companies within 2 years for the first three jobs. I did this so I would get more diverse experiences, expand my network and most importantly learn how to change jobs and interview. From Convex, I jumped into writing embedded firmware drivers for the telecomm industry in C and C++, then onto financial messaging for monetary transactions, data mining and data warehousing, leading GUI development in Java Swing, and even COO of an online retail business.

Currently, I am working for the leading Open Source provider in the data integration and application integration space – Talend. I get to work on ETL, ESB, Data Quality and more recent technologies like Hadoop and Big Data. I used Talend to power the online retail business to great success. If you haven't heard or used Talend, check it out.

Since my first job, I have based some job decisions just on the money. However, I can say they usually end with much pain and not worth it in my opinion. I give this sweeping account to say, UNT prepared me for the real world. It not only taught technical languages and techniques, but taught people skills, how to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technology. So, to UNT, my professors, my classmates and teammates at work, thanks for the memories.

Etta Clarke, CSE alumna, awards PepsiCo Scholarship to Lisa Reynolds

(L-R): Lisa Reynolds with Etta Clarke from PepsiCo.
Etta is a 1980 UNT Computer Science Graduate
and a member of the CENG Advisory Board.

In Fall 2012, Computer Science junior Lisa Reynolds was awarded a $1,000 PepsiCo scholarship. The CSE Undergraduate Committee, chaired by Dr. Robert Renka, selected Reynolds for the scholarship. Reynolds both attended and later helped staff the Department of Computer Science and Engineering's RoboCamp program and worked with UNT professors on projects for the STARS Alliance. She is also currently working on a research project with her advisor, Dr. Renee Bryce to "research what types of [software] bugs students create and how they ‘search' for help," explained Reynolds, "so that we may use this understanding to better help future students."

CSE Students were invited to apply for the PepsiCo scholarship in Spring 2013. The scholarship is for Juniors and Seniors who are majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Information Technology with a cumulative 3.5 GPA. Students must provide recent activities related to professional or community service, including activities in the CSE Department and the College of Engineering. Finally, students must ask a CSE faculty member for a recommendation. The Undergraduate Committee will decide the winner.

CSE Alumni invited to be a "Professor for a Day"

Greg and Jenny Thurman attended the
CSE Department 40th Anniversary
Celebration Event
in October.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will celebrate National Engineers Week February 17-23, 2013. The CSE Department is excited to have Greg Thurman, BS 1998, as a "Professor for a Day" in CSCE 4925, Information Technology capstone, on Wednesday, February 20. Greg is a progressive IT leader currently serving as Director of Business Analysis at Wingstop Restaurants Inc. His professional experience spans 16 years in software development, enterprise systems architecture and business intelligence design.

All CSE Alumni are invited to be a "Professor for a Day" in CSE classes. We welcome the opportunity to have you talk about your career experiences to our students. Please check our Spring 2013 schedule and contact Genene Murphy if you would like to be a "Professor for a Day" in our CSE Department.

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You can also register on our Alumni application or update your alumni information on our CSE website.

Student News

Congratulations to CSE graduates

Congratulations to all of our Department of Computer Science and Engineering graduates in Fall 2012.

PhD Graduates in Fall 2012

Prakash Duraisamy

Dissertation: "3D Reconstruction using LiDAR and Visual Images"

Major Professor: Bill Buckles

Dr. Duraisamy is a Visiting Scientist at MIT

Chee Wee (Ben) Leong

Dissertation: "Modeling Synergistic Relationships between Words and Images"

Major Professor: Rada Mihalcea

Dr. Leong is a on the Research staff at NLP/Speech Group at ETS Research. Website

Li Li

Dissertation: "Source and Channel Coding Strategies for Wireless Sensor Networks"

Major Professor: Bill Buckles

CSE Students defend PhD Dissertations

Congratulations to these PhD students for defending their dissertation in January 2013!

Ravi S. Sinha (right)

Dissertation: "Finding Meaning in Context using Algorithms in Monolingual and Crosslingual Settings"

Major Professor: Rada Mihalcea

Defense Date: January 22, 2013

Carmen Banea (left)

Dissertation: "Extrapolating Subjectivity Research to Other Languages"

Major Professor: Rada Mihalcea

Defense Date: January 29, 2013

UG Student wins two conference scholarships

Beatriz Gomez, a CSE undergraduate student working in Dr. Qunfeng Dong's Bioinformatics Lab, has won two highly competitive scholarships for her to attend the following two conferences:

  • The undergraduate training workshop in the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institutes in Durham, NC, February 21 - 22. The scholarship for the SAMSI conference will cover her registration fee, and hotel and food expenses. They will also provide $350 in travel expenses.

  • The 55th Annual Maize Genetics Conference in St. Charles, IL, March 14-17, 2013. The scholarship for the Maize Genetics conference is $1,500 to cover all expenses, including registration, accommodation, travel, and food expenses.

UNT Toulouse Graduate School announces first Graduate Exhibition on March 3

CSE Graduate Students are invited to showcase their research to the larger UNT community. The Graduate Exhibition celebrates research in all its aspects as an essential and exciting part of graduate education at the UNT. The Graduate Exhibition places special emphasis on communicating research and creative endeavor to a general audience and offers an unusual opportunity for professional development by challenging graduate students to present their work in clear, comprehensible terms to people outside their fields.

The poster option of the Graduate Exhibition will be held March 3 in the Student Union. The poster option is open to all masters and doctoral students. The poster registration date is February 11 at 5 pm and the date for submitting the poster content is February 13 at 5 pm. Printing costs associated with poster content submitted prior to that date and time will be paid by the Toulouse Graduate School. First place award will receive $500, 2nd place awards (multiple) will receive $250, and 3rd place awards (multiple) will receive $100.

For more details, see this Toulouse Graduate Exhibition website.

College of Engineering News

CENG to celebrate National Engineers Week

The Council of Engineering Organizations and the Center for Student Affairs are hosting the annual celebration for National Engineers Week February 17-23 to promote and educate others about the field of engineering as a profession. Be sure to check the latest Engineering Week schedule for the most recent updates.

On Monday, February 18, Lockheed Martin will have a recruiter table from 9 am to 3 pm in the Discovery Park Hallway

On Tuesday, February 19, from 10 am to 2 pm, ASHRAE will be holding a Projectile Launch in the field outside Discovery Park. From 11 am to 7 pm, come and be entertained by the Tagi 2000 Robot! At 1 pm, free Scrappy ice cream will be served followed by free tacos from El Guapo's at 3 pm. From 1 to 5 pm, come and help build a dalek from Dr. Who in the ExtravaCANza! Cans of food will be collected February 4-18 in boxes at Discovery Park. All food collected will go to the Denton Community Food Center. On Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 pm, come enjoy free pizza and video games!

On Thursday, February 21, the Career Center is hosting an Engineering Career and Internship Fair in the hallways of Discovery Park. At 3 pm, come to an open session to find out what it is like to work at NASA with Kevin Tones, a NASA computer engineer, in B142. From 5:30 to 7 pm, the Career Center is hosting a Schlumberger presentation in B190.

On Friday, February 22, an outreach project with Singley Academy High School is planned. Alumni are welcome to participate in any of these events. For more information, please contact

News from UNT Society of Women Engineers

CENG Students at the SWE Region C Conference at SMU.
(L-R): Stephanie Routh, Jennifer Williams, Jessica Rimsza, Mahsa Mahdavian, and Megan Brown

In November 2012, members from UNT SWE attended the 2012 Society of Women Engineers National Conference in Houston, TX. It was a great opportunity for students to attend workshops, network, and participate in the career fair. SWE members received tips on how to apply to graduate school, ace job interviews, and manage stress. It was also a great time for some prizes and opportunities. Jacqui Oquendo, UNT SWE Secretary, won an iPad and Adriana Blanco, UNT SWE Vice President, was offered a summer internship with General Electric in Erie, PA.

UNT SWE just attended the SWE Region C Conference hosted by the Southern Methodist University SWE chapter from February 1 – 3, 2013. This was a great chance for members that were unable to attend the national conference to connect with other SWE members and learn from engineering professionals.

The chapter will also provide a workshop at the "Expanding Your Horizons" Career Conference sponsored by the American Association of University Women at Texas Woman's University on February 16 for middle school girls.


DESIGN DAY — Friday, April 26, 2013

Poster and Project Presentations by CENG Students

University of North Texas News

Condoleezza Rice to speak at UNT April 16

Condoleezza Rice, Stanford University professor of political science and former U.S. Secretary of State, will speak on April 16 at 8 pm in the UNT Coliseum as part of the University of North Texas Distinguished Lecture Series. The event will include remarks from Rice as well as a Q&A session. This series is sponsored by the UNT Division of Student Affairs.

Tickets are on sale now. General admission tickets for alumni are $25. Floor seating for alumni is $45. For more information about this event, please see this UNT press release.

University Union to be expanded and renovated

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board voted in January to approve the expansion and renovation of UNT's University Union. Construction is expected to begin in June 2013 with completion planned for June 2015.

UNT has the third largest undergraduate enrollment in Texas and our freshman class is expanding rapidly. The expansion and renovation of the University Union means UNT will be able to provide its growing student body with the space it needs to get involved with campus life.

To read more about the University Union, please see this UNT press release.

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