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December 2014  

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,

Fall 2014 will be over soon and I wanted to share some news from our CSE Department. I want to congratulate Rodney Nielsen on his Research and Creativity Award for Competitive Funding Award, sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development. He received this award at the UNT Salute to Faculty Excellence. Yan Huang, Renee Bryce and Qunfeng Dong were also recognized that evening for their promotion and tenure achievements.

I am excited to announce that our CSE Department received a donation of equipment from L-3 Mission Integration. I know several of our CSE alumni work at L-3 and we are grateful for their donation. Our alumni are an important source of support for our department. If your company has equipment to donate, please contact us to see if there is a need for your equipment here in our department.

In Alumni News, Mark and Laura Venator, both Computer Science alumni, are featured in our Alumni Focus below. It was great to see several alumni at our UNT Homecoming. Some alumni came to Discovery Park to take a tour of our facilities and other alumni came to the College of Engineering tent before the game to tailgate with us. We are always reaching out to our alumni to support us. There are many opportunities for you to support and mentor our CSE students today!

Barrett Bryant
Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science and
Engineering News

CSE Faculty recognized at UNT Salute to Faculty Excellence

The Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner and Ceremony was held September 26 at Apogee Stadium. The black-tie dinner honored faculty members for receiving tenure and promotion, emeritus faculty status and top awards including three cash awards funded by the UNT Foundation, a co-sponsor of the faculty showcase.

CSE Faculty member Rodney Nielsen received the Research and Creativity Award for Competitive Funding Award, sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development, for the highest total amount of research expenditures on their competitive research funding during the fiscal year. Congratulations to Dr. Nielsen on this award!

In the ’Toast’ to Tenure and Promotion, Dr. Yan Huang was recognized for her promotion to Professor; Dr. Renee Bryce was recognized for receiving tenure; and Dr. Qunfeng Dong was recognized for receiving tenure and his promotion to Associate Professor. Congratulations to all three on their achievement!

To see a complete list of Salute to Faculty Excellence 2014 Winners, please go here.

L-3 Mission Integration donates equipment for CSE programs

Keith Seawright, Director of Technology Development for L-3 Mission Integration, and Ram Dantu, Director of the CSE Network Security Lab.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering received a donation of equipment from L-3 Mission Integration, a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 donated Cisco servers to the Network Security Teaching Lab and Dell servers for our BA in Information Technology program. Based in Greenville, Texas, L-3 Mission Integration is a division of L-3 Communications, which is the sixth largest defense company in the United States and is headquartered in New York City.

Thanks to L-3 for their donation to our CSE Department!

CSE attends Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing

(L-R) Back row: Fahmida Hamid, Yuan Li, Andrea Godea, Cornelia Caragea, Danielle Gaither, Lisa Reynolds.
Front row: Stephanie Shu, Renee Bryce

The Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing was held in Phoenix, AZ October 8-10, 2014. The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering was a Bronze Academic Sponsor and was well represented by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members. CSE organized a table at the career fair for recruiting applicants for our graduate program and faculty positions.

The Grace Hopper Celebration is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. Inspired by the legacy of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper and co-founded in 1994 by Dr. Anita Borg and Dr. Telle Whitney, the Grace Hopper Celebration is designed to focus on the research and career interests of women in computing. The 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration will be held October 14-16 in Houston, Texas.

CSE Advisory Council meets

CSE Advisory Council meeting on October 24, 2014. Front row (L-R): CSE faculty members Robert Renka, Ram Dantu, Hassan Takabi; Sudhir Rao, MIT Concepts; Leticia Benavides, Raytheon; Kathy Foster (UNT M.S. Computer Science, 1979), Texas Instruments. Back row (L-R): CSE Chair Barrett Bryant; Philip Heath (UNT Math BS, 1997), Southwest Airlines; Donny Johnson, NVIDIA; Mike Mainard (UNT B.S. Computer Science, 1985), Capgemini; John Rozeboom (UNT B.S. Computer Science, 1991), Genesis PURE; Joe Wright (UNT BCIS, 1995), Masergy Communications.

The CSE Advisory Council met on October 24 in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The group’s purpose is to give advice and support for our CSE programs from members of industrial companies. Several CSE alumni serve on this Council. At the recent meeting, Dean Tsatsoulis gave a brief report on the College of Engineering followed by Dr. Barrett Bryant’s review of activities in the CSE Department. Dr. Robert Renka, Coordinator of the Undergraduate Committee, reported on undergraduate programs. Dr. Bill Buckles, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, reported on graduate programs. Dr. Hassan Takabi made a presentation about his research.

The Council members learned about research in our department from poster presentations by five CSE graduate students: Song Huang, Srujan Kotikela, Chen-Yu Lee, Jason Powell, and Wes Solomon. After lunch with the students, the Council members continued their discussion about how to improve our CSE programs for our students. A media gallery page about the meeting is here.

CSE hosts seminar with presenter from Samsung

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering hosted a CSE Seminar with Sridhar Rajagopal on the last day of October. His presentation was "mmWave Mobile Communication for 5G Challenges and Opportunities." Following is an abstract of his presentation: With the possibility of GHz of available spectrum and ability to provide multi-Gb/s data rates, mmWave mobile communication is being actively researched in academia and industry for 5G communication. This talk provides an overview of the opportunities and research challenges for enabling this spectrum.

Sridhar Rajagopal is currently a Senior Staff Engineer at Samsung Research America in Dallas, TX. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University. He has previously worked at Nokia Research Center and at WiQuest Communications, and has contributed to multiple communication standards. His research interests are in algorithms and architectures for short-range, high throughput and low power technologies, mmWave and optical wireless communication.

CERL (Computational Epidemiology Research Laboratory) News

(L-R): Yiheng Liang, Timothy DeReuse, Joshua Urbanovsky, Joseph Helsing (Lost and found), Dr. Armin R. Mikler, Dr. Chetan Tiwari, Bradley Slayter. Missing in the photo: Joan King and Dr. Marty O’Neill.

Dr. Armin Mikler, Dr. O’Neill, Josh Urbanovsky, Yiheng Liang, Bradley Slayter, Timothy DeReuse, Joan King, and Joseph Helsing attended the annual Supercomputing convention held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana. The group listened to a brilliant keynote lecture given by Dr. Brian Greene about the future of quantum computing and then wandered the expo floor viewing the stalls of the many companies, groups, and universities. Additionally, Dr. Mikler and Dr. O’Neill gave a presention alongside the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, entitled HPC: A Matter of Life or Death, during the HPC Impact & Emerging Tech Showcase. The group looks forward to attending next year’s convention in Austin, Texas.

TAMS Student Aditya Vaidya is working with Dr. Armin Mikler on a computer model that could help cities better manage mosquito-borne illness outbreaks. Aditya presented his research at the ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Health Informatics in Newport Beach, CA on September 23, 2014. Read this TAMS press release for more information.

News from Computer Systems Research Laboratory

Dr. Krishna Kavi traveled to Nice, France and Barcelona, Spain in October. He attended the 9th International Conference on Software Engineering Advances (ICSEA-2014) held in Nice, France, October 12-16, 2014. He presented the following two papers at the conference:

1. Security Through Software Rejuvenation by Chen-Yu Lee, Krishna M. Kavi, Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, Patrick Kamongi.

2. Performance Engineering Using Performance Antipatterns in Distributed Systems by Chia-En Lin, Krishna Kavi.

In addition, he presented a seminar at the Barcelona Super Computer Center (BSC) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). The talk highlighted Computer Systems research conducted at the Computer Systems Research Laboratory (CSRL) of UNT. BSC houses a supercomputer called MareNostrum that is ranked among the top 500 fastest computers. This computer is housed inside a deconsecrated Chapel Torre Giorna at the university. Kavi is exploring collaborations, faculty/student exchanges with BSC at UPC.

The semi-annual Industrial Advisory Board Meeting of the NSF Net-centric and Cloud Software and Systems (NCSS) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) was held on Oct 8-9, 2014 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine. The meeting was attended by more than 50 industrial and university participants and showcased research conducted by faculty and students at UNT, UTD, ASU, SMU and MST—these universities are members of the NCSS I/UCRC.

Kavi and his students are continuing their collaborations with various industrial partners conducting research on next generation processor and memory technologies, and evaluation of security risks associated with hardware and software systems. The CSRL group welcomes motivated and interested students to join us in any of the exciting research projects. More details can be found on Dr. Kavi’s home page.

The pictures below show Dr. Kavi inside the supercomputer center at BSC, the computer is known as MareNostrum (or Mediterranean Sea), and the second picture shows the Chapel Torre Giorna that houses the supercomputer.


Human Intelligence and Language Technologies Lab News

HiLT Lab members in back (L-R): Hamed Khanpour, Darius Simmons, Austin Lane, Wes Solomon, Milad Pejmanrad, Dr. Rodney Nielsen, Dr. Eduardo Blanco, Adam Hair, Kevin James, Tanner Van De Walle, Tailyr Mack, Amitava Das. Front (L-R): Daniel Jarvis, Frank Paiva, Kate Farmer, Bandita Sarma, Daniela Caballero, Natalie Parde, Nishitha Guntakandla, Karen Mazidi, Jacob Figueroa. On the table are HiLT Companionbots Bobby and Grace.

News from the Human Intelligence and Language Technologies Lab, co-directed by Dr. Rodney Nielsen and Dr. Eduardo Blanco.

Awards and Papers

Dr. Rodney Nielsen was honored with the 2014 Competitive Funding Award this Fall at the Salute to Faculty Excellence awards dinner on September 26. This is one of the Office of Research and Economic Development’s highest honors and is part of UNT’s Faculty Research and Creativity Awards recognition process. The Competitive Funding Award goes to the Principal Investigator who promoted the mission of the University of North Texas in being responsible for the highest total amount of research funding on their competitive extramural grants during the preceding fiscal year.

Amir H. Kargar B., Ali Mollahosseini, Taylor Struemph, Wilson Pace, Rodney D. Nielsen and Mohammad H. Mahoor. (2014) Automatic measurement of physical mobility in get-up-and-go test using Kinect sensor. In the Proceedings of the 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC’14). Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 26–30, 2014.

Xiao Zhang, Ali Mollahosseini, Amir H. Kargar B., Evan Boucher, Richard M. Voyles, Rodney D. Nielsen and Mohammad H. Mahoor. (2014) eBear: An Emotive Bear-Like Robot. In the Proceedings of the 23rd IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2014). Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, August 25–29, 2014.

Kate Farmer presented work with Jacob Figueroa, Austin Lane, Hamed Khan Pour and Rodney D. Nielsen: "Topic Identification: Is that a Car or is it a Honda" at the DFW Metroplex Linguistics conference in Texas A&M University-Commerce, Rockwall Center, Dallas, Texas, November 1, 2014.

John Wes Solomon and Rodney D. Nielsen. (2014) Predicting changes in systolic blood pressure in longitudinal patient records. Submitted in AMIA 2014 Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) workshop on Challenges in Natural Language Processing for Clinical Data. Washington, D.C., November 14, 2014.

Nishitha Guntakandla and Rodney D. Nielsen (Accepted). Modelling Turn-Taking in Human Conversations. In AAAI 2015 Spring Symposium on Turn-taking and Coordination in Human-Machine Interaction. Palo Alto, California, March 23-25, 2015.

New Members in the HiLT Lab

Alakananda Vempala is a first year Masters student. She is working with Dr. Eduardo Blanco on semantic relation inference and improving semantic representation of text in general. Her interests lie in topics related to Natural Language Processing and she would like to gain knowledge in related fields, which will enable her to pursue further research.

Erin Eversoll is a sophomore at the University of North Texas pursuing a Bachelor of Science of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and is expected to graduate in Spring of 2019. Erin is a new lab assistant working with Dr. Nielsen and other members of the HiLT lab. While Erin’s own career focus is finance, working in the HiLT lab has broadened her interests and is providing many opportunities to make connections between business and computational linguistics.

News from Information Management and Knowledge Discovery Lab

UNT at ACM SIGSPATIAL 2014: (L-R) Top row: Phuc Nguyen, Bill Buckles, Guangchun Cheng;
Middle Row: Yang Zhou, Yiwen Wan, Wasana Santeerakul;
Bottom Row: Chengyang Zhang, Yan Huang, Zhi Liu

Dr. Yan Huang was the General Chair and Dr. Bill Buckles was the Local Arrangement Chair of the 22nd ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2014). The conference was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, November 4-7, 2014. PhD student Zhi Liu was the programming contest CUP master and Phuc Nguyen is the proceedings chair of the Geostreaming workshop associated with the conference. Dr. Huang and Zhi Liu also presented a poster "Community Detection from Location-Tagged Networks." The University of North Texas CSE Deaprtment sponsored the shuttle buses for Tuesday’s dinner.

Dr. Huang with her NSF Travel Grant Awardees

UNT was a sponsor of ACM SIGSPATIAL 2014.

The ACM SIGSPATIAL conference is the leading international forum for original research contributions covering all conceptual, design, and implementation aspects of geospatial data with more than 300 attendees, 12 workshops, 1 poster session, and 1 CUP competition. This year’s keynote speeches were "Mapping the World with Street View" by Luc Vincent at Google and "Interactive Crowd Simulation for Spatial Analysis of Indoor and Outdoor Environments" by Dinesh Manocha from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Software Engineering Laboratory (SELL) News

Dr. Bryant at Dagstuhl Castle

Dr. Bryant was an invited participant at the Dagstuhl Seminar on "Globalizing Domain-Specific Languages," held at Dagstuhl Castle near Wadern, Germany, October 5-10. The 27 participants worked during the 5 days to create a first draft of a book on the use of multiple heterogeneous domain-specific languages which are needed to build various aspects of a large software system and how these languages need to be integrated to improve the construction of such systems. Dr. Bryant worked on a chapter related to software language engineering.

Dr. Paul Tarau has been recently elected as an Executive Committee member for the Association of Logic Programming that also serves as the steering committee for the top conference of the field, ICLP. Dr. Tarau has served on this year’s ICLP program committee, which was held In Vienna, as part of the Vienna Summer of Logic federated conference ( He has also been invited to be an area editor for the Logic Programming Newsletter which is distributed electronically to the members of the association at

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CSE Alumni News

Alumni Focus - Mark and Laura Venator

Mark and Laura Venator are both alumni of UNT CSE achieving BS degrees in Computer Science with Laura gaining a Technical Writing accreditation and Math minor while Mark minored in Business Administration. They came to UNT in the 90’s while working in the Cooperative Education program for IBM in Westlake, TX. They still live in Trophy Club, TX with their three children and have enjoyed watching their family, community and university grow during the past 20+ years.

While they shared some classes in their time at UNT, they both enjoyed unique course offerings such as the game programming course, computer ethics and forensics. They continue to lean heavily on the communication and technical writing courses that rounded out their degrees.

Laura’s career after graduation continued with IBM for 19 years where she worked in technical support of OS/2 and IBM’s antivirus product. She gravitated to project management (PMP certified) and technical writing for a variety of IBM’s internally developed call-center tools. She eventually left to spend more time with family while pursuing a career in cloud services. Laura participated in the certification beta program for Google’s cloud-based Business Applications and became one of the first 200 people in the world to gain this certification. She has continued working on cloud-enablement solutions while working at Cima Solutions Group and has recently been focused on an advanced cloud services tool developed by Gravitant. Laura leans heavily on the problem-solving and organizational skills she developed while at UNT.

While Mark continued at IBM in advanced levels of technical support of the AIX operating system and RS/6000 (Power) platform, he began focusing on High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions eventually leaving IBM in 1997 to start a nationwide consulting company with other ex-IBM’ers. They focused on those same skills in HA and DR as well as early solutions in scale-out computing and virtualization. The success and acquisition of that company led him to his next opportunity to focus on clients in North Texas and Austin (state government) while spending more time at home with his growing family. His emphasis has remained on HA and DR but expanded to additional technologies for compute and storage.

Both enjoy the work they do with business, education and government clients while continuing to focus on utilizing the latest technological advancements to develop solutions. They contribute their success in solution delivery to the core skills of organization, problem solving and communication that they honed while at the University of North Texas.

Mark and Laura actively participate in their children’s education and extracurricular activities as family is paramount in their life.

CSE Alumni at UNT Homecoming

John Dobrott (BS 1986) and his family at Homecoming. See more pictures here.

The College of Engineering hosted a hospitality tent for the UNT Homecoming on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Faculty, alumni and students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and other CENG departments enjoyed hamburgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs cooked by the CSE members of the ACM and ACM-W.

Before the Homecoming party, CSE Chair Dr. Barrett Bryant gave several CSE alumni a tour of our CSE Department at Discovery Park. It was great to see the following alumni: Rex Farris (BS 1985), John Dobrott (BS 1986), Todd Samuels (BS 1990), Wes Fox (BS 1992), Greg Thurman (BS 1998), Raul Asencio and Zachary Derrick (both BS 2012).

The Homecoming game featured our UNT Mean Green football team against Owls of Florida Atlantic University. This was the 1000th game in Mean Green history. We are happy that our Mean Green team won 31-10 in front of a Homecoming crowd of 20,957.

We want to hear from you! What have you been doing since graduating from UNT? Please send a few paragraphs and a picture to

Student News

CSE Students defend Dissertations and Thesis

Congratulations to these PhD students for successfully defending their dissertations!

Yi Zhou

Dissertation: Uncertainty Evaluation in Large-scale Dynamical Systems: Theory and Applications

Major Professor: Dr. Robert Akl and Co-Major Professor: Dr. Yan Wan

Defense Date: August 29, 2014

Verónica Pérez Rosas

Dissertation: Exploration of visual, acoustic, and physiological modalities to complement linguistic representations for sentiment analysis

Major Professor: Rada Mihalcea

Defense Date: October 17, 2014

Mohamed Fazeen Mohamed Issadeen

Dissertation: Modeling and Analysis of Intentional and Unintentional Security Vulnerabilities in a Mobile Platform

Major Professor: Dr. Ram Dantu

Defense Date: October 20, 2014

Wasana Santiteerakul

Dissertation: Trajectory Analytics

Major Professor: Dr. Bill Buckles

Defense Date: November 24, 2014

Shijun Tang

Dissertation: Segmentation, Recognition, and 3D Reconstruction of Objects Based on LiDAR or MRI

Major Professor: Dr. Bill Buckles

Defense Date: November 25, 2014

Congratulations to this MS student for successfully defending her thesis!

Qian Wang

Thesis: A Pilot Household Travel Survey by a Solely Smartphone-based Method to Collect Data

Major Professor: Dr. Yan Huang

Defense Date: October 22, 2014

CSE Graduate Student attends conference in Austria

A memorable and busy trip to Vienna, attending ICLP conference

--by Fahmida Hamid

The International Conference on Logic Programming (ICLP) is a top-rated conference on logic programming. It was a great experience for me to attend the 30th event of ICLP. It is a huge conference, which is affiliated with the 5th Answer Set Programming Competition, Doctoral Consortium and Summer School. The main ICLP program spanned into four consecutive days, July 19th to 22nd. I (along with my supervisor Dr. Paul Tarau as the first author) had a technical paper, "Interclausal Logic Variables", on Prolog track accepted for this year. I felt honored since my advisor supported and encouraged me to attend the conference and present our work. It was a huge experience. I have seen how research teams from well-known universities are working in different fields of logic programming and where the current research trend is flowing. It was interesting to listen to the debate between ’Constraint Programmers’ and ’Answer Set Solvers.’

I worked as a volunteer for the conference. It was fun to meet new people, help them and be a "technical-support provider" of one of the workshops. The venue "Technical University of Vienna" is a well-known university with a large campus. I explored different academic buildings though most of my related sessions were held in the Department of Computer Science. I attended a two-day long summer school. It consisted of four half-day tutorials on the following topics:

  • Probabilistic Logic Programming (Angelika Kimmig),
  • Answer Set Programming (Martin Gebser),
  • Horn Clauses and Verification (Andrey Rybalchenko),
  • Constraint Logic Programming (Roman Bartak).

The Summer School Scholarship and the FLoC travel support helped me pay the registration fees and other expenses.

The culture and weather of Vienna is dramatically different from Texas. The public transport system (Bus, Tram, Train) was so good and well organized that I decided to use it rather than call a private taxi. Vienna is very nice to visit. People love to walk and explore the city. It has lots of gardens and parks where a people can spend some time. Besides visitors, I found people from different cultures working in grocery stores, streets, construction sites, etc. Vienna is a city of museums and sculptures — I visited the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum), the Schönbrunn Palace, and Vienna Zoo. The Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum), with its vast array of eminent works and the largest Bruegel collection in the world, is considered one of the most eminent museums in the world. Tiergarten Schönbrunn, the famous Vienna zoo founded in 1752, is the oldest zoo in the world. Schönbrunn Palace is one of the most important cultural monuments and tourist attractions in Austria. The park around Schloss Schönbrunn is a great little oasis in a busy city.

It was a very pleasant and unforgettable experience to meet so many scholars of Logic Programming at the same time in such a wonderful place. I look forward to joining the next event of ICLP.

CSE Graduate Students present at CSE and CENG Advisory meetings

Jason Powell with his poster at the CENG Advisory Board. To see other students with their posters, please visit this media gallery page.

Five CSE Graduate Students presented posters about their research at the CSE Advisory Council meeting on October 24 and the College of Engineering Advisory Board meeting on November 11, 2014. Song Huang, Srujan Kotikela, Chen-Yu Lee, Jason Powell, and Wes Solomon were the graduate students who presented posters. Members of these councils had an opportunity to learn about the research of our CSE students. Thanks to these students for presenting their posters!

CSE Students create random text generator in Software Development class

CSE undergraduate students Vinh Pham and Logan Widick, both students in Dr. Ryan Garlick’s CSCE 4410 Software Development class, created an Android app that randomly generates text using a context-free grammar. It can load a context-free grammar from an XML file, add random dictionary words as terminal symbols in the grammar using the Wordnik API, and then randomly generate text. After the text is generated, it can be used as input for a second context-free grammar if desired.

This feature can be used to create random passwords and keys. You can also randomly generate a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) file or a bitmap, but whether the resulting file actually sounds like music or looks like art is in the eye of the beholder. In addition, you can share the randomly generated text itself or a Pastebin containing the randomly generated text. The app is not currently on the Google Play store, but they hope to get it submitted for review before finals.

CSE Undergraduate Student participates in SURE

Adam Hair participated in the College of Engineering’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) on November 11. His poster was titled "Machine Learning and I Spy Accuracy." Adam is an honors college student finishing his last year of undergraduate study in computer science with minors in accounting and Spanish. He is a member of the Human Language Technologies (HiLT Lab, directed by Dr. Rodney Nielsen). After he graduates, he plans to pursue a PhD in computational finance or a related field.

College of Engineering News

SWE members attend national conference

(L to R): Michelle Gilbert, Jessica Hampton (Recruitment Chair), Bria Miles (Event Coordinator), Dr. Nandika D’Souza (Faculty Advisor)

The SWE 2014 Annual Conference took place October 23-25 in Los Angeles, California. The weekend long convention was in downtown Los Angeles in the convention center and had thousands of attendees. The conference included many professional development workshops, panel discussions, lightening talks about innovative science and a large career fair. Three UNT SWE members had the great opportunity to attend this conference. Jessica Hampton, UNT SWE Recruitment Chair, received a Toyota co-op position from the career fair.

Now UNT SWE is preparing to send members to the 2015 Region Conference in Austin, Texas. This conference will be February 6-8 and is hosted by the collegiate SWE section at University of Texas at Austin.

For more information about UNT SWE, visit our website or email

SHPE members attend national conference

(L-R) Juan Gonzalez (Engineering Technology), Jacob Acosta (Mechanical and Energy Engineering) and
Alfonso Barajas (Electrical Engineering)

Members of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineering (SHPE) attended the annual SHPE National Conference in Detroit, Michigan November 5-9. Those who attended got to speak with over 100 different companies from across the nation who were looking to hire undergraduate students for internships, co-ops, and full-time positions. Some of the companies present at the conference were General Motors, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Microsoft, NASA, Intel, IBM and many more.

Members also got the opportunity to showcase their engineering skills and compete with other students in engineering competitions. They also got the opportunity to network with employers, other undergraduate/graduate students, and professional engineers from across the country. Attending the SHPE National Conference was a great for everyone who was able to attend. SHPE UNT hopes to take more members next school year.

SHPE is a diverse student organization with members from every ethnic background.

To get involved or learn more about the SHPE chapter at UNT, see this website or this Facebook page or email

UNT to offer new PhD in mechanical and energy engineering

The College of Engineering now offers a PhD in mechanical and energy engineering, the first degree of its kind in Texas and one of the only doctoral programs specializing in energy applications in the field of Mechanical Engineering in the United States. The degree program’s first students will begin in Spring 2015. For more information, see this College of Engineering news article.

College of Engineering joins research consortium

The College of Engineering has joined the Cold-Formed Steel Research Consortium (CFSRC), which brings together leading research teams across North America to provide the world’s most comprehensive research on cold-formed steel structures. For more information, see this College of Engineering news article.

University of North Texas News

UNT names new TAMS Dean

The University of North Texas has named Glênisson de Oliveira Dean of the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science. He will begin serving as TAMS Dean in January 2015.

De Oliveira has a PhD in theoretical physical chemistry from Purdue University, and most recently served as Director of the Rhode Island STEM Center, Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry at Rhode Island College.

De. Olivera is replacing former TAMS Dean Richard Sinclair who recently retired after 22 years with the program. Read more about the new TAMS Dean in this UNT press release.

UNT named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys

For the 19th consecutive year, the University of North Texas has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. The annual rankings identify 100 American colleges and universities that provide students with the highest quality education at the lowest cost.

To be considered for inclusion, an institution must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an accredited, four-year institution
  • Offer full residential facilities
  • Have an entering freshman class in the fall of 2013 with a high school GPA and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national average for entering college freshmen
  • Offer out-of-state tuition in 2014-2015 below the national average or not exceeding the national average cost by more than 10 percent

The average SAT score for incoming freshmen at UNT for fall 2013 was 1109, compared to the national average of 1094. To read more, see this UNT press release.

The CSE Email Newsletter was assembled and produced by Genene Murphy and Don Retzlaff. It is a publication of the UNT Computer Science and Engineering Department. Contact the department at

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