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November 2016  

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,

Before our Fall 2016 semester ends, I wanted to share with you some news about our CSE Department. Congratulations to Dr. Ram Dantu on his Outstanding Technology Advocate Award. Dr. Dantu, Dr. Mohanty and Dr. Fu were recognized at the UNT Salute to Faculty Excellence. This semester we made trips to China, India, Japan and Korea to explore research collaborations and recruit graduate students from numerous universities in those countries. We took groups of students to both the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. I am proud that 32 women students were able to attend Grace Hopper this year.

In other news, for our Major Research Grant Funding, total active projects in the CSE Department for FY 2016 was $2,263,252. During this year, we will be recruiting three new faculty members for Assistant/Associate Professor positions for Fall 2017 in computational life science, computer engineering, and computer security. Please see the research lab reports and student news below for even more information about our CSE Department.

Our space renovations are proceeding into the Spring semester. You may have noticed the back hallway is now open with many faculty moving their offices there, especially the new faculty. The next phase will build additional space for Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis, the Center for Information and Cybersecurity, and the Center for Net-Centric Software Systems, as well as three new research labs.

In Alumni News, Kathy Foster is featured in our Alumni Focus. Kathy is on our CSE Advisory Council. I was glad to see some alumni at our Homecoming event earlier this month. Our CSE Department plans to celebrate our 45th anniversary and we will be making an announcement about our event in Spring 2016. We invite you to support our CSE Department. Please contact me to see how you can make a difference by helping our CSE students today.

Barrett Bryant
Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science and
Engineering News

Dr. Ram Dantu wins Outstanding Technology Advocate Award

Dr. Ram Dantu with his award.

Dr. Ram Dantu wins the Outstanding Technology Advocate Award at the inaugural D CEO CIO/CTO awards ceremony on September 27, 2016 at the Dallas Hilton Anatole. A partnership between D CEO magazine and the Information Systems Security Association, the program honors chief information officers, chief technology officers and others in top IT posts in the North Texas region. Dr. Dantu thanked all of his past and present students in the Network Security Lab and said they are the reason for the recognition.

Dantu, the director of the Center for Information and Computer Security at UNT since 2003, researches 4G/5G networks; Next generation Network security; Internet of Things (IoT) Security, and Data Security. Dr. Dantu also is heading a team of six students participating in a "Scholarship for Service" program through the National Science Foundation, giving the group more than $1 million in funding. The money from NSF pays for the students to complete their doctoral degrees as long as they agree to work for a federal organization in the field once they graduate. The team is now researching cybersecurity aspects such as insider threats, intrusion detection, health information technology and data breaches.

All of the finalists and winners of the Dallas-Fort Worth CIO/CTO Awards for 2016 are pictured below and listed here. Congratulations to Dr. Dantu on his award!

CSE Professors recognized at UNT Salute to Faculty Excellence

(L-R): CSE Associate Professor Song Fu, CSE Chair Barrett Bryant, CENG Dean Costas Tsatsoulis, CSE Professor Ram Dantu, CSE Professor Saraju P. Mohanty, and Materials Science and Engineering Professor Thomas W. Scharf who won the Teacher Scholar Award presented by the Office of Research and Economic Development.

The Salute to Faculty Excellence was held September 22, 2016 at the University of North Texas. Dr. Song Fu was recognized for his promotion to Associate Professor. CSE Professor Ram Dantu was recognized with the Research Leadership Award presented by the Office of Research and Economic Development. CSE Professor Saraju P. Mohanty was recognized with the Toulouse Scholar Award presented by the Toulouse Graduate School. To see all the winners at the Salute to Faculty excellence, please go to this Office for Faculty Success page. Congratulations to all of our CSE faculty who were recognized!

CSE Advisory Council meets in Fall 2016

(L-R): CSE Chair Barrett Bryant; Wes Fox (UNT Computer Science B.S. 1992), Entrepreneur; John Rozeboom (UNT Computer Science B.S. 1991), Genesis PURE; Melanie Surprise, Raytheon; Philip Heath (UNT Math B.S. 1997), Southwest Airlines; Leticia Benavides, Raytheon; James Hayes (UNT Computer Science B.S. 1999), Boeing; Mike Mainard (UNT Computer Science B.S. 1985), Capgemini; Greg Thurman (UNT Computer Science B.S. 1998), Sonic Healthcare USA; Jason Christian (UNT Computer Science M.S. 2005), TekSystems.

The CSE Advisory Council met on November 4, 2016 for updates on the Department of Computer Science and Engineering from Barrett Bryant, CSE Chair; Robert Akl, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies; and Robert Renka, Undergraduate Coordinator. New CSE faculty member Hui Zhao made a presentation on her research "Designing High Performance Power Efficient Many-Core Systems." Members were given a tour of the new CSE research labs and faculty offices and then joined the College of Engineering IAB for SURE and lunch. The next meeting will be on Design Day on April 28, 2017.

The Mission Statement for the Advisory Council is "to enhance the quality and content of the computer science’s research and educational programs through active practitioner-educator partnering. The department will look to the council for advice, supervision, and recommendations to further its research, educational, and professional programs. The faculty will benefit from the industrial experience of the council members."

CSE seeks collaborations with Chinese Universities

Dr. Barrett Bryant, Dr. Song Fu, Dr. Xiaohui Yuan and College of Engineering Dean Dr. Costas Tsatsoulis visited ten highly ranked universities in China to pave the way to start our Gradtrack program with several universities. They visited 7 cities in China from October 7-22. This trip to China is part of our China Venture Fund project to initiate and build collaborations in research and recruit graduate students. Once Memorandums of Agreements are signed by both parties, we are expecting applications in Spring 2017.

China University of Geosciences
East China Normal University
Guangdong University of Technology
Hefei University of Technology
Kunming University of Science and Technology
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Northwestern Polytechnical University
Sun Yat-sen University
Wuhan University of Technology

CSE seeks collaborations with Indian Universities

Dr. Barrett Bryant and Dr. Ram Dantu at Chadragiri Fort, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Dr. Barrett Bryant and Dr. Ram Dantu visited eight universities in India, many of which we have had students from, to pave the way to start our Gradtrack program with several universities. They visited Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Tirupathi from August 3-10. This trip is part of our departmental initiative to build collaborations in research and recruit graduate students. Once Memorandums of Agreements are signed by both parties, we are expecting applications in Spring 2017.

CSE at the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing

(L-R) Richard Ervin, Dr. Barrett Bryant, Victor Musasia. Missing is Parisa Kaghazgaran who received
a travel award from the conference.

Dr. Barrett Bryant and three CSE students attended the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computer held September 14-17, 2016 in Austin, TX. The CSE Department was a bronze sponsor of the conference. Students received travel awards to attend from the CSE Department.

The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to:

  • Celebrate the diversity that exists in computing;

  • Connect with others with common backgrounds, ethnicities, disabilities, and gender so as to create communities that extend beyond the conference;

  • Obtain advice from and make contacts with computing leaders in academia and industry;

  • Be inspired by great presentations and conversations with leaders with common backgrounds.

The Tapia conference has always been a premier venue to acknowledge, to promote and to celebrate diversity. Given the current global academic, professional and societal climates, the Tapia 2016 conference theme was "Diversity Matters!" which recognized the Tapia Conference’s commitment to diversity in all its wonderful forms.

CSE at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

With support from the BRAID grant and UNT IED, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering funded 32 women students to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, October 19-21, 2016, in Houston. BRAID is Building, Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity, a $30,000/year grant funded by Facebook Google, Intel and Microsoft. Here is a student report on the conference.

By Allison Goins

About a month ago, I got an invitation to some conference I knew nothing about from the department of the major I still felt unsure about me being in. Way before that, I was a TAMS dropout who had a short time to choose between staying at UNT as a computer science major or going back to high school. While I’ve never regretted choosing staying at UNT, I’ve had my doubts and worries about a career in CS. Going to GHC, however, completely changed that mindset.

The Grace Hopper Celebration is supposed to be a way for women in computing to connect and learn from each other. But, that is a serious understatement. You get to meet one-on-one with major companies, attend seminars on any subject in computing, and discover new opportunities for yourself. You can even get personalized advice from practically anyone you talk to. There is just so much opportunity for growth at GHC; I even had my very first interview with a company!

The after effects of GHC include motivation to learn as much as possible, inspiration to reach out and join computing clubs and organizations, and an interest in applying for jobs or internships that may have seemed out of reach. Most importantly, however, the feeling of being a part of a community who wants to help you grow.

CSE Teams at Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge

Team Iris (L-R) NASA Mentor Chatwin Lansdowne, Alexander Fatum, Yale Empie, Jacen Kohler, Tyler Alvarez,
and Faculty Advisor Robin Pottathuparambil.
Team Spatium Lucis (L-R) Chukwuebuka Nwankwo, Jeremy Trammell, Zachary Simpson, and Terry So.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering sent two teams from the Computer Engineering program to the Design Challenge at the Texas Space Grant Consortium sponsored by NASA on November 13-14, 2016 in Houston. The TSGC Design Challenge is a unique academic experience offering undergraduate students an opportunity to propose, design, and fabricate a solution to a toward solving research objectives of importance to NASA and its mission.

Team Iris’s project was Internet Protocol Version 6 Addressing in Space. They won 4th place for best poster. Their NASA Mentor was Chatwin Lansdowne. Team Spatium Lucis’s project was Intelligent Lighting Control System. They won 3rd place for best model. They were mentored by George Salazar, NASA JSC.

CSE faculty member Robin Pottathuparambil was the faculty advisor for both teams. He said, "This is a great experience for undergraduate students as they are solving problems faced by astronauts in the space shuttle." More information about this Design Challenge is available at this Texas Space Grant Consortium website.

Distinguished Speaker at CSE in Fall 2016

Lluís Màrquez (L) with Dr. Eduardo Blanco, CSE Assistant Professor

Lluís Màrquez was our Distinguished Speaker on October 31, 2016. His presentation was on "Answering Complex Questions in Community Forums Combining ’Old’ and ’New’ Machine Learning."

Lluís Màrquez is a Principal Scientist at the Arabic Language Technologies group from the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) since 2013. Previously, he was Associate Professor at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC, 2000-2013). He holds a university award winning Ph.D. in Computer Science from UPC (1999). His research focuses on natural language understanding by using statistical machine learning models. A substantial part of his research has addressed natural language structure prediction problems, such as syntactic and semantic parsing. Regarding applications, Dr. Màrquez works on statistical machine translation and its evaluation, and question answering in community forums. He has 140+ papers in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning journals and conferences. He has been General and Program Co-chair of major conferences in the area (EMNLP, EACL, CoNLL, EAMT, etc.), and held several organizational roles in ACL and EMNLP too.

Follow BAIT on Social Media

UNT CSE faculty member David Keathly is currently exploring Social Media as part on an NSF-Funded effort by the Education Development Corporation to assess the impact of Social Media on student recruiting. People interested in following the progress of recruiting for the BAIT, as well as students interested in learning more about the program, can follow these efforts on the following platforms:

Twitter: @UNTBAIT42 and #TakeTheBAIT
Instagram: untbait
LinkedIn: Search UNT CSE BAIT or

News from The Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis

(L-R) Dr. Chetan Tiwari (Department of Geography), Dr. Marty O’Neill, Brince Jones (M.S. student in Geography), Faris Hawamdeh, Harsha Gwalani, Sultanah Alshammari, Clayton Rowe, Cree White and Dr. Armin Mikler

Dr. Armin Mikler, Director of the Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis, took his research lab students to SC16, the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, in Salt Lake City from November 13-18, 2016.

Dr. Mikler said “This conference was an opportunity for the students to experience how computer science is used to solve real-world computational problems.”

Center for Information and Computer Security News

UNT cybersecurity students and professors (from left) Dr. Suliman Hawamdeh, Quentin Mayo, Yassir Hashem, Logan Widick, Obi Ogbanufe, Josh Talkington, Dr. Ram Dantu and Michael Jaynes. Not shown: Dr. Dan Kim and
Dr. Victor R. Prybutok. Photo credit: Michael Clements.

CSE Professor Dr. Ram Dantu directs UNT’s Center for Information and Computer Security. UNT is the only university in the country to receive NSF funding of more than $1 million for a Scholarship for Service program for Ph.D. students studying cybersecurity. UNT’s team of six Scholarship for Service students research topics including cyber physical security, insider threats, intrusion detection, data breaches, health information technology, identity management, big data security analysis and more. Read more about CSE’s cybersecurity program in UNT News.

News from Dependable Computing Systems Lab

(L-R) Kranthi Tatoju, Song Huang, Zongze Li, Jacob Hochstetler, Dr. Song Fu, Matthew Davidson,
Linfei Li, Shuwen Liang, George Qiao

Dr. Song Fu, Director of the DCS Lab was recently awarded a research grant from the Department of Energy Los Alamos National Laboratory. The multi-year grant will support Dr. Fu and his lab to develop system tools to analyze disk health and proactively rescue data with little human intervention. This research will systematically address the availability challenge faced by production storage systems at DOE labs and the high overhead of current data recovery practices.

Dr. Fu serves as the General Chair of 2016 IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference. IPCCC has been a premier IEEE conference presenting research in the performance of computer and communication systems for 35 years. This year, the conference received 159 high-quality papers, covering topics of big data processing, IoT, CPS, and software defined network in addition to other computer and communication systems areas. The main conference, workshop and poster sessions will be held at Las Vegas, Nevada, from December 9 to 11.

The following papers were recently accepted by international conferences in the DCS Lab.

  • E. Baseman, S. Blanchard, Z. Li and S. Fu, "Relational Synthesis of Text and Numeric Data for Anomaly Detection on Computing System Logs", accepted by the 15th IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA), December 2016.

  • J. Hochstetler, L. Hochstetler and S. Fu, "An Optimal Police Patrol Planning Strategy for Smart City Safety", accepted by the 14th IEEE International Conference on Smart City (SmartCity), December 2016.

  • S. Huang, Z. Deng and S. Fu, "Quantifying Topology Criticality for Fault Impact Analysis in Software-Defined Networks", accepted by the 35th IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference (IPCCC), December 2016.


Front row (L-R) Dralia Tulley-Patton, Anuj Bhalotiya, Justin Greco, Yassir Hashem.
Back row (L-R) Prof. Hassan Takabi, Masoud Narouei, Ehsan Hesamifard, Shoaib Khan.

The Information Security and Privacy: Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) Lab is directed by Professor Hassan Takabi.

  • Researchers from INSPIRE Lab have published several papers (2 journal, 3 conference, 3 workshop and 2 posters) during the Summer and Fall semesters.

  • Ehsan Hesamifard spent the summer at Rutger’s DIMACS as part of the Special Focus on Cybersecurity where he was hosted by Prof. Rebecca Wright.

  • Manar Alohaly attended Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS 2016) to present her paper.

  • Samir Koppikar successfully defended his Masters thesis titled "Privacy Preserving EEG-based Authentication Using Perceptual Hashing."

  • Manar Alohaly attends IEEE International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing (CIC 2016) to present our papers.

  • Dralia Tulley-Patton presented a poster on "Insider Threat Detection Using Natural Language Processing Techniques" in the UNT College of Engineering’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE).

  • Ehsan Hesamifard received a travel grant to attend Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC 2016) in December 2016 to present his poster.

  • Dr. Takabi will present a tutorial on "Big Data Analytics Over Encrypted Data" at the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC 2016).

NSF Net-Centric & Cloud Software & Systems (NCSS) Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) News

Dr. Krishna Kavi, Director of the NCSS/I/UCRC, welcomed everyone to the Fall 2016 meeting. See more pictures of the meeting here.

The October 2016 NCSS I/UCRC IAB meeting at the University of North Texas was a success. We had 59 people in attendance — 5 of whom were industry members and 11 of whom were industry/government visitors. The Fall meeting included 14 presentations (12 new proposals and two in-progress reports) and a "Wicked" Problem Industry Panel. In an effort to work together as a center, a collaborative project involving UNT, UTD, and ASU was also presented. The meeting was attended virtually by Dmitri Perkins, I/UCRC CISE NSF Director, who gave a brief overview of the I/UCRC program. Following the IAB meeting was a 2-hour interactive poster session which included almost 20 posters.

The next meeting will take place in Dallas/Denton on April 26-27, 2017.

Software Engineering Lab (SELL) News

Dr. Barrett Bryant at Changdeokgong Palace, Seoul, Korea.

The SELL lab will soon be joining with the Software Testing laboratory to make a new lab in the newly constructed space. In September, Dr. Bryant was hosted by four universities in Korea to discuss research collaborations in software engineering and graduate student recruiting. The universities he visited were Dankook University, Hanyang University, Soongsil University, and Sungkyunkwan University. He also visited Meiji University in Japan.

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CSE Alumni News

Alumni Focus on Kathy Foster

Kathy Foster (1979, M.S. Computer Science) was the second recipient of an MS in CS from UNT (then North Texas State University) in Aug 1979. During her 46 year career (so far), she has followed a passion of blending human collaboration, computers, and problem resolution, with a little teaching and mentoring mixed in.

Kathy grew up in Denton, and was very familiar with the UNT campus where her father, Bruce Foster, was a Physics professor and co-founder of the Astronomy Department at UNT. Her passion for computers did not start at UNT, but it got her there as soon as she could. ☺

Kathy’s passion for computer science began in her first year at Austin College (AC), Sherman in 1970. At that time, computer classes were not taught in Texas high schools. After taking a computer programing course at AC, she changed her major from Math to CS, and scored a job working in the computer lab writing programs in RPG. After completing the 3 CS classes that AC offered, she transferred to Stephen F. Austin State University. SFA was one of two universities offering a B.S. in C.S at the time. She worked as a student programmer for the Computing Services Center on campus, writing programs in COBOL. She earned her B.S. in CS from Stephen F. Austin in 1974. She was also a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society for Computer Science.

Her first "real" job was as a Research Programmer at UNT (then NTSU). She wrote in FORTRAN and ran statistically analysis programs on research data for Masters and PHD degree students. The research data was recorded on paper questionnaires that had been designed by Kathy to facilitate the data transfer to punched cards (yes, punched cards!). It was a very rewarding blend of human interaction and programming.

While working at UNT, she decided to join the many students she saw walking the sidewalks outside her office window near the GAB. While working on the degree, she also taught a few courses for the Math department, which fueled her love of teaching. She earned her M.S. in C.S. in August 1979, shortly after giving birth to her first son. The most memorable class at UNT was the class where she used PL/I to write phase I of a two-phase compiler. PL/I was used because it was a recursive language. The program (without comments) was over two boxes of cards – quite large at the time.

She followed her husband to College Station in 1979 and started work at Texas A&M University later that year. She was a Cobol programmer using IMS databases, until she became a Database Analyst (DBA) in 1981. She started to implement her love of passing on her knowledge (aka teaching/mentoring) while at A&M. She had several student workers under her care that went on to have successful IT careers.

In 1985, she spent a year teaching computer courses for Central Texas College in Munich, Germany. Shortly after that, she returned with her two boys, to Plano, where she started work at Texas Instruments as a DBA. Many of her A&M student workers joined her at TI as well.

Over the next 30 years, Kathy has added DB2 and Oracle database management systems (DBMS) to her expertise. Through-out these 30 years, her favorite DBMS has remained IMS, which continues to be an important DBMS at TI. She also had the pleasure of training numerous fellow TI employees over the years as DBAs. She has been active in the TI mentoring program as well. Her most memorable training opportunity was to go to Bangalore, India, to teach new employees to support Oracle databases for TI. These DBAs are now an integral part of database support at TI.

Kathy was elected to the technical staff of Texas Instruments in 1995. Over the years she has made significant contributions as to how Texas Instruments utilizes and maintains IMS, DB2, and Oracle databases.

Kathy has served on the Advisory boards for her two alumni universities — UNT and Stephen F Austin. She enjoys meeting and talking to students during the board visits.

Kathy raised her two boys in Plano, TX, and now resides in Frisco, TX. Her family now includes three grandchildren and their fabulous parents. They will all be heading to Disney World for Christmas.

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CSE Alumni at UNT Homecoming

The UNT College of Engineering hosted a tailgating party on November 5 before the UNT Mean Green Homecoming football game. Alumni from every department came to meet faculty and eat hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers. CSE Chair Barrett Bryant and Associate Chair Armin Mikler were there to greet CSE Alumni. A good time was had by all at the party, but the UNT Mean Green lost the football game to Louisiana Tech by a score of 45-24.

Dr. Bryant talks with CSE students. Jason Christian (M.S. 2005) and his son Brad.
Cliff Cozzolino (B.S. 2000, M.S. 2002) with
Jenny and Simon.
Rex Farris (B.S. 1985) with College of Engineering staff members Angus McColl, Senior Director for Development, and Tom Derryberry, Assistant Dean for Corporate Relations.
Lisa VanHooser (B.S. 2012) and Tawfiq Shah
(B.S. 2013, M.S. 2015) with College of Engineering
Dean Costas Tsatsoulis.
Greg Thurman (B.S. 1998) brought his entire family!

Grandson of retired Faculty Member now at CSE

Will Irby and his grandfather Tom Irby visited CSE in February 2016.Will Irby in his grandfather’s former office in November 2016.

Will Irby, freshman in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, is the grandson of retired CSE faculty member Tom Irby. Dr. Irby was the second faculty member hired in the then Computer Sciences Department. He was a faculty member from 1971 to 2007. In February 2016, Dr. Irby returned to the CSE Department with his grandson Will for a visit and was given a tour by Associate Chair Armin Mikler. Will is now a student in David Keathly’s CSCE 1030 Computer Science I. Coincidentally, Will’s grandfather’s old office is now the office of his current teacher David Keathly!

CSE Alumna recruits CSE Students for Google

Cassie Chin graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science in May 2015. She now works for Google and came back to UNT on October 3 and 4, 2016, to give tech talks about internships and full-time opportunities at Google. Cassie was welcomed back to CSE by Chair Dr. Barrett Bryant. More information about Google’s visit to CSE in UNT News.

Student News

CSE Student defends Dissertation

Congratulations to this Ph.D. student for successfully defending his dissertation!

Angel Bravo-Salgado

Dissertation: Modeling and Simulation of the Vector-Borne Dengue Disease and the Effects of Regional Variation of Temperature in the Disease Prevalence in a Homogenous and Heterogeneous Human Population

Major Professor: Dr. Armin Mikler

Defense Date: Summer 2016

CSE Ph.D. Students in Three Minute Thesis Competition

Photo by Adrana Salazar, URCM

Sultanah Alshammari and Joseph Helsing, Ph.D. students of Dr. Armin Mikler, participated in the Toulouse Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis 3MT ® Competition on November 12, 2016. From numerous preliminary contestants, nine graduate students emerged to compete for top honors. The competition challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. The first 3MT competition was held in Australia at the University of Queensland in 2008. More than 200 universities worldwide now host competitions, including 40 in the U.S.

CSE Students attend SASE Conference

Nishitha Guntakandla and Prabha Sundaravadivel

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) is a professional society for Asian-American students and working professionals. The mission of SASE is to prepare Asian heritage scientists, engineers and technologists for success in the global business world, celebrate diversity on campuses and in the workplace, and to provide opportunities for members to make contributions to their local communities. SASE hosted its 6th National Conference from October 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Two Ph.D. students, Prabha Sundaravadivel and Nishitha Guntakandla, received scholarships to attend this conference, which offered a variety of professional opportunities. The three day conference which had 3,000 attendees, included dozens of workshop sessions, a keynote lunch, a gala dinner, SASEhack and, the STEM Career Fair — the largest career fair for Asian Americans in the United States. The STEM career fair had 70+ companies and Universities recruiting for full-time and internship candidates. It was a wonderful opportunity to forge new connections and to discover opportunities for personal and career growth. More information about SASE can be found at

CSRL Student attends MEMSYS conference

Mahzabeen Islam, a Ph.D. student at Computer Systems Research Lab (CSRL), attended the International Symposium on Memory Systems (MEMSYS) conference at Washington, D.C. from the 3rd to 6th of October, 2016. She presented their research paper, "Prefetching as a Potentially Effective Technique for Hybrid Memory Optimization," which was done in collaboration among CSRL and AMD Research, Austin. This is a new conference which involves people from academia, national labs and industry who are performing research on next generation memory systems. There were representatives from all the memory systems research pioneers like Micron, IBM, Intel, AMD, NVIDIA etc. It was a great platform to present her work and learn from other researchers.

College of Engineering News

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Undergraduate Students shine in Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)

Zacharia Poycattle is congratulated for his third place award by Dr. Costas Tsatsoulis, Dean of the UNT College of Engineering.

Congratulations to CSE student Zacharia Poycattle on winning third place for his poster presentation of "Analyzing Vulnerabilities for Possible Attacks Using Ontologies" at the College of Engineering’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) held on November 4, 2016. Two other CSE students participated in SURE: Clement Cole and Dralia Tulley-Patton below.

The College of Engineering hosted SURE and invited undergraduate students to present their research. SURE provided an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to share the knowledge they have gained through their research as well give them experience in conducting a poster presentation.

College of Engineering hosts SUPER 2016

The College of Engineering hosted 17 student intern researchers for the Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research (SUPER). The students selected this year joined us from Instituto Tecnologico de Saltillo (ITS) in Mexico, Mody University in India, and Chulalongkorn University and Mahidol University in Thailand.

During their time at UNT, the student interns learned to conduct research and improved their English-speaking skills by working and engaging with UNT faculty, staff, and students. Each student worked with one of our eight faculty mentors on projects related to wireless communication, energy harvesting, cybersecurity, high-performance metals, portable electronics, air quality sensors for drones, and electronic design automation. They ended their time at UNT by presenting their research in a poster competition. The top 3 finishers were Kaushalya Bishnoi from Mody University and Gerardo Hernandez and Ruben Alanis Hernandez from ITS.

To read more about SUPER, see this College of Engineering article by Kathryn Beasley, Graduate Recruiter and Retention Coordinator for the College. She is in charge of both SURE and SUPER. To contact Kathryn for more information about the College, please email her at

University of North Texas News

UNT Professor awarded $1 million research grant to create nuclear monitoring technology

Engineering professor Haifeng Zhang.
Photo by: Ahna Hubnik

Haifeng Zhang an associate professor in College of Engineering’s Department of Engineering Technology, was awarded a $1 million research grant from the Department of Energy. He will be working to use ultrasound through-wall data transmission to monitor nuclear energy, which is typically stored in thick metal shells that normal wireless technology can’t penetrate. Data cables also cannot be used since those would require hole to be made in the canister.

He will be collaborating on this project with other researchers at Virginia Tech, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Westinghouse Electric Company. The project launches this month and is expected to last three years. Read more about this project in this UNT press release.

UNT engineering professor wins lifetime achievement award

Leticia Anaya (center) was presented with the 2016 Women’s Luna Lifetime Achievement Award.

College of Engineering senior lecturer Leticia Anaya received the 2016 Women’s Luna Lifetime Achievement Award from the Regional Hispanic Contractor Association. She was chosen for her more than 19 years of teaching engineering technology courses at UNT, as well as her experience working in the industry. Her award was presented at the 10th annual Luna Awards, Conference and Expo. It’s an event aimed at celebrating the achievements of women in architecture, engineering and construction.

Ms. Anaya did not expect this award and said "The other nominees were very high achievers. I really had to take off a day to just really think about it. It’s amazing to suddenly realize that industry really does appreciate what I do. I’ve seen such positive feedback over this award, particularly from young women," said Anaya. "I hope this helps inspire them. Engineering is a very good career that can be high paying and even fun. There is just so much you can do within this field."

Congratulations to Ms. Anaya on this award! More information can be found in this UNT press release.

Read all the UNT News here.

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