University of North Texas
CSE Alumni Email Newsletter

November 2017  

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 2017 is coming to a close soon and I want to share these enrollment numbers with you. We have 105 Ph.D. students — the largest number of Ph.D. students ever in our Department’s history! In Computer Science, we have 714 undergraduate students and 133 M.S. students. In Computer Engineering, we have 251 undergraduate students and 50 M.S. students. In Information Technology, we have 167 undergraduate students. The total for our Department of Computer Science and Engineering is 1,420 students. Thank you to the faculty, staff and students for our success in being the largest department in the College of Engineering.

Congratulations to our CSE Security Faculty on a successful Cybersecurity Summit hosted by the College of Engineering. We are also proud that our CSE Security Program was recertified as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE 2017). Our CSE students attended both the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing this fall. Please read more news about these and other events happening in our department below.

Dushyant Vipradas and Siri Yenigalla are a couple who met in our Computer Engineering program ten years ago. They later married and are our Alumni Focus in this newsletter. Siri said that "UNT holds a special place for us and we love the time spent when we were at the university." If you feel that way and want to help support us, please go to this page and search for Computer Science. Then you will see two funds: the Computer Science and Engineering Excellence Fund and the Computer Science and Engineering Scholarships. Please select one of those two funds for your donation. We would appreciate you supporting our Department of Computer Science and Engineering with your gift!

Barrett Bryant
Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science and
Engineering News

CSE Faculty in Cybersecurity Summit

CSE Professor Dr. Ram Dantu, Director of UNT’s Center for Information and Cyber Security, made the opening remarks.

CSE Faculty took part in the College of Engineering’s UNT Cybersecurity Summit held on October 27, 2017 at the Courtyard Dallas Allen at the John Q. Hammons Center. The summit featured three panels and two keynote speakers and was attended by one hundred participants. Led by CSE’s Cybersecurity Program, which is the only program in the U.S. to be federally certified by the National Security Agency as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance, Education and Research, and Cyber Defense Research, the summit covered cybersecurity topics associated with today’s business world, including the Internet of Things, network security and wireless security.

CSE Professor Dr. Ram Dantu, Director of UNT’s Center for Information and Cyber Security, made the opening remarks and participated in the first panel on Network Security. CSE Professor Dr. Krishna Kavi, Director of the Network Centric Systems Center at UNT, was on the second panel that discussed Security in the Age of the Internet of Things (IoT). CSE Assistant Professor Dr. Hassan Takabi, CSE Cyber Center of Excellence at UNT, was on the final panel that discussed Big Data Analytics for Security: Large Scale Threat Analysis.

More information about this Cybersecurity Summit is available on this College of Engineering page.


CSE Security Program is recertified at NICE 2017

(L-R) Dr. Leonard T. Reinsfelder, National Cryptologic School, National Security Agency; Dr. Barrett Bryant, Dr. Ram Dantu, Dr. Mark Thompson, CSE PhD student Logan Widick, and Mr. Daniel R. Stein, Branch Chief, Cybersecurity Education and Awareness, Department of Homeland Security.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering was recently designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE Conference & Expo 2017 held November 7-8, 2017 in Dayton, OH. The redesignation is good through Academic Year 2022. This is the fourth renewal of UNT, which is one of the few schools continuing the Centers for Excellence from inception.

This certificate was presented in recognition of significant contributions in meeting the national demand for cyber defense education, developing a growing number of professionals with cyber defense expertise, and ultimately contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure. The certificate was signed by Danny Toler, Acting Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS and Adm. Michael S. Rogers, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, NSA/Chief, CSS.

Dr. Ram Dantu is the Director of the UNT Center for Information and Cybersecurity (CICS). Requirements for our CSE Undergraduate Cybersecurity Certificate may be found on this CICS page.


History Channel Show Features UNT Computer Science Faculty Member

The "Code Team" (L-R): Ryan Garlick, Sujith Ravi, Kevin Knight and Craig Bauer.
Dave Oranchak is out of the frame in this picture.

CSE faculty member Dr. Ryan Garlick was featured on the History Channel beginning on November 14 in a five part series on the infamous Zodiac serial killer and the various coded messages he sent to newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Viewers were able to follow the code team digging into clues in the ciphers while working together with seasoned field investigators Sal LaBarbera and Ken Mains as they chased the many clues in the Zodiac case.

The "Code Team" was led by University of Southern California research director and computer science professor Kevin Knight and included University of North Texas computer science professor Ryan Garlick, Google staff research scientist Sujith Ravi, York University math and cryptology professor Craig Bauer, and Zodiac cipher expert David Oranchak.

Watch the trailer for The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer here and read the Denton Record-Chronicle news article here.


CSE is Bronze Sponsor at ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing

(L-R): Dr. Barrett Bryant, Aaron Arthur, Richard Ervin, Jr., Victor Musasia, Alfredo De Leon, Marco Duarte, Aaron Batch (Sultanah Alshammari not pictured).

Dr. Barrett Bryant and seven CSE students attended the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing held September 20-23, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. The CSE Department was a bronze sponsor of the conference. Richard Ervin, Jr. and Victor Musasia received scholarships from the conference to attend and Sultanah Alshammari presented at the doctoral symposium. Aaron Arthur, Aaron Batch, Alfredo De Leon, and Marco Duarte received travel awards to attend from the CSE Department, funded in part by the BRAID program.

The Tapia conference has always been a premier venue to acknowledge, to promote and to celebrate diversity in computing. The goal of the Tapia Conference 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 2017 conference theme was "Diversity Simply Smarter" which evoked the basic yet irrefutable concept that diversity is simply the smarter choice. "Whether we seek innovation, intelligence, creativity, strength or beauty of ideas, the best outcomes will come from a diverse set of perspectives, a diverse set of experiences, and a diverse set of people."


CSE students and faculty attend Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

From left to right in the top row: Hailey Burleson, Perrin Kern, Prabha Sundaravadivel, Sundos Al Subhi, Mahzabeen Islam, Mr. David Keathly, and Dr. Armin Mikler, In the front from left to right: Aisha Shrestha, Shraddha Piparia, Sultanah Alshammari, Harsha Gwalani, Natalie Parde, Gxara Munda, and Dhivya Chinnappa
(Katie Ouelette, Abigail Rivera, and Roxann Rivera not pictured).

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering, with the support from the BRAID grant, funded 13 women students to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Orlando, Florida the week of October 4th. BRAID stands for Building, Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity and is funded by Facebook, Google, Intel and Microsoft. In addition, Natalie Parde was sponsored by Google to attend the conference and Katie Ouelette was sponsored by QualComm to attend. Here is a student report on the conference:

By Roxann Rivera

During the summer of 2017, I found myself opening an email that showed I had been selected to attend the Grace Hopper Conference. I was extremely surprised because my overall GPA is not as high as my major GPA. I knew people more worthy. Before this email I found myself doubting my career as a whole. Do not get me wrong, I love coding, but I doubted it simply because I was not involved in the Computer Science Department, and I did not know where to start. This email changed my life because I realized that all the hard work I had been putting in all my classes was paying off. Someone was noticing, my professors knew who I was and that was something I was not aware of; and it made me proud.

As we arrived in Orlando, I never imagined how impactful Grace Hopper would be on my life. How the speakers and the people who I interacted with would shape who I am now. One of the speakers words have resonated in my head since I heard her speak "I used to think I could not do it and then I did it. I failed and chose not to stop. And that failure turned into success." Before this conference I was afraid to even search for internships because I felt as if I was not good enough and the men around me would always have priority. Grace Hopper taught me I was wrong. I even got to interview with two companies that I never imagined would even consider me.

Overall, Grace Hopper gave me confidence and drive I realized I lacked. It showed me a community of women who have the desire for me to succeed exist and most importantly are aiming for me to succeed. I strongly feel that every woman in the Computer Science Department should experience this at least once in their life, even if their GPA is not the highest. I am extremely thankful for the professor who nominated me to go to this conference because of the impact it had on my life. I am also thankful for the people who nominated me because it was better than anything I have ever experienced in my life.


CSE Computer Engineering Teams at Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge

(L-R) Cory Fairweather, Jesse Boswell, Scarlett Jones, Charles Goff, Jr., Faculty Advisor Dr. Robin Pottathuparambil

(L-R) Faculty Advisor Dr. Robin Pottathuparambil, John Todd, Jorge Cardona, Taylor Shinn
and Gladys Hernandez-Amaya.

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 12-13, 2017 in Houston. The TSGC Design Challenge is a unique academic experience offering undergraduate students an opportunity to propose, design, and fabricate a solution towards solving research objectives that are of importance to NASA and its mission.

Apollo’s Legacy project was Intelligent Lighting Control System. Team Apollo won awards for Best Model, Second Top Overall Team, Second Best Oral Presentation, and Fifth Best Poster. Jesse Boswell was the team leader. Other members of the team were Cory Fairweather, Scarlett Jones, and Charles Goff, Jr.

TEAM 2B|!2B’s project was Spacecraft Lighting Network System. They won an award for Best Patch. Team leader was Taylor Shinn with other team members John Todd, Jorge Cardona and Gladys Hernandez-Amaya.

Both teams were mentored by George Salazar, NASA Johnson Space Center. They are all in CSCE 4910, Computer Engineering Design I, which is part of a two-semester capstone sequence. They will continue working on their projects next semester in CSCE 4915, Computer Engineering Design II.

CSE faculty member Robin Pottathuparambil was the faculty advisor for both teams. He would like to thank the College of Engineering for travel support for both teams. He said, "These teams are providing solutions to problems faced by astronauts and it’s a great experience."


First CSE students graduate from Teach North Texas

(L-R) Garren Wilson, Dr. Barrett Bryant and Mitchell Pavel at Teach North Texas Graduation.

Congratulations to Garren Wilson and Mitchell Pavel on graduating from Teach North Texas on November 9, 2017 at the UNT Gateway Center Ballroom. Fifty-two students graduated from the Teach North Texas Program. CSE Associate Professor Dr. Philip Sweany began the Computer Science & Engineering collaboration with Teach North Texas. Mr. David Keathly is the current coordinator for this program.

Teach North Texas (TNT) prepares and supports secondary teachers of science, mathematics and computer science, addressing the national and regional need for excellence and innovation in science and technology. Their mission is to provide the best undergraduate education experience in Texas through:

  • Dedicated faculty who are committed to the highest standards of teaching, research and scholarship.

  • Rigorous and innovative programs than enhance the relationship between teaching and learning.

  • Strong support systems to ensure that more students stay in school, engage in service and campus life, and graduate on time.

Co-Directors are Dr. Ruthanne "Rudi" Thompson in the Biology/Advanced Environmental Research Institute at the College of Science and Dr. Pamela Esprívalo Harrell in Teacher Education & Administration at the UNT College of Education.


Distinguished Speakers at CSE in Fall 2017

Dr. Jun Huan and Dr. Vitor Carvalho

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomed two Distinguished Speakers in November 2017. Dr. Jun (Luke) Huan presented a seminar on Data Science Programs at NSF: Future Large-Scale Predictive Analytics: Opportunities and Challenges on November 3, 2017. Dr. Vitor Carvalho lectured on Personalized Neural Conversation Models and Other Research Projects at Snapchat on November 17, 2017.


CSE Advisory Council meets in Fall 2017

CSE Advisory Council meeting on November 10, 2017 (L-R): Joe Vaughan (UNT Computer Science B.S. 1992), Capital One; CSE Chair Barrett Bryant; Wes Fox (UNT Computer Science B.S. 1992), Entrepreneur; Zina Townley (UNT Computer Science B.S. 1987), Fidelity; Philip Heath (UNT Math B.S. 1997), Southwest Airlines; and Mike Mainard (UNT Computer Science B.S. 1985), Microsoft. Also present at the meeting, but not pictured: John LaRue, TekSystems and John Rozeboom (UNT Computer Science B.S. 1992),Genesis Pure.

The CSE Advisory Council met on November 10, 2017 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 Xuan Guo made a presentation on his 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 its Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering 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."


News from the Center for Information and Cyber Security

The Center for Information and Cyber Security CICS welcomed Dr. Kirill Morozov in Fall 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2005 from the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Dr. Morozov continued his career in research as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo and a research scientist at AIST, Japan, and then as a faculty, becoming an assistant professor at Kyushu University in 2010 and an adjunct associate professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2016. His research is focused on cryptography and cyber security.

In addition to the news above about the Cybersecurity Summit and the CSE Security Program being recertified at NICE 2017, three faculty members and two students attended the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2017). One of the major conferences in cyber security, it was held in Dallas from October 30 to November 3, 2017. CICS faculty member Dr. Hassan Takabi chaired the travel grant committee for the conference and also a session on "Insider Threat Technologies" at the 9th International Workshop Managing Insider Security Threats (MIST 2017). CICS Ph.D. student Yassir Hashem presented a paper "A Multi-Modal Neuro-Physiological Study of Malicious Insider Threats" co-authored by Yassir Hashem, Hassan Takabi, Ram Dantu and Rodney Nielsen. CICS Ph.D. student Josh Talkington also attended the conference.

Congratulations to CICS Ph.D. student Srikanth Jonnada on defending his dissertation "Analysis and Performance of a Cyber Human System and Protocols for Geographically Separated Collaborators" on August 23, 2017! His Major Professor was Professor Ram Dantu, Director of the Center for Information and Cyber Security.


Computer Systems Research Lab Students present papers

Two Ph.D. students from the Computer Systems Research Lab (CSRL) presented the following papers at conferences:

  • "Dataflow based near data computing achieves excellent energy efficiency" presented at International symposium on Highly-Efficient Accelerators and Reconfigurable Technologies (HEART 2017), Bochum, Germany, June 7-9, 2017 by Charles Shelor.

  • "CLIPS: Customized levels of IoT privacy and security" presented at the 12th International Conference on Software Engineering Advances (ICSEA-2017), Oct 8-12, 2017, Athens, Greece by Rohith Yanambaka Venkata.

The Computer Systems Research Laboratory is a research group made up of faculty members and students in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas. While we are interested in many topics within computer science, our current research focuses mainly on 3D RAM design, Processing-in-Memory and memory analysis tools. We are also investigating hardware and system level security enhancements, ontologies for capturing and analyzing security vulnerabilities.


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

Dr. Krishna Kavi Serves as Panelist at UNT College of Engineering Cybersecurity Summit

The University of North Texas College of Engineering hosted a Cybersecurity Summit on October 27 in Allen, TX. Led by UNT’s College of Engineering, the summit covered relevant cybersecurity topics associated with today’s business world, including the Internet of Things, network security and wireless security. Dr. Krishna Kavi was a panelist at the Cybersecurity Summit, and presented his views on the need to focus on security of IoT devices that control a physical system (or cyber physical systems). He emphasized the need to standardize security requirements, customize security levels based on the physical domain and the criticality of the function controlled by an IoT device. The one-day summit was attended by nearly 125 people.

Dr. Krishna Kavi is Distinguished Speaker at University of Georgia

Dr. Kavi was invited as a Distinguished Speaker in the University of Georgia College of Engineering Seminar Series. His seminar on November 3, 2017 described the current research of his research group on Computer Systems Architecture. He received significant interest in collaborations from UGa faculty. He is planning to explore joint workshops with UGa on cyber physical systems security. University of Georgia started a new College of Engineering in 2012 and the College is focusing on multi-disciplinary research as can be seen by how the different departments are organized by bringing faculty with different research expertise into a single unit.

Successful Fall IAB Meeting

We had 49 people in attendance at the October 2017 NCSS I/UCRC IAB meeting at the University of North Texas - 11 of whom were industry members, 23 students plus faculty and visitors. The Fall meeting included 16 project presentations (five new proposals, nine in-progress reports, and 2 continuing proposals), and a "Wicked" Problem Industry Panel. The meeting was attended virtually by Dmitri Perkins, the I/UCRC CISE NSF Director, who gave a brief overview of the I/UCRC program. We started the first day of the conference with lunch and poster presentations and followed that with new project proposals, the Wicked Problem session, and finally, a music-filled reception. We were honored to have two students from UNT’s jazz program grace us with beautiful melodies. Day 2 of the meeting included in-progress project presentations and IAB business.

Recorded poster presentations, proceedings, and other meeting documents can be found on our website, http://netcentric.unt.edu. Questions about the Center or interested in learning more? Please contact Center Coordinator, Melanie Dewey, at Melanie.Dewey@unt.edu.

Poster Presentations and Reception
Lunch and Project Presentations
Project Presentations


SESL Members Win Both First and Second Prize in Poster Awards at the IEEE MetroCon 2017

(L-R) Prabha Sundaravadivel, Laavanya Rachakonda, Venkata Prasanth Yanambaka, Prof. Saraju P. Mohanty and Prof. Elias Kougianos

At the IEEE MetroCon 2017, students of the Smart Electronic Systems Laboratory (SESL) of the Computer Science and Engineering Department won both first and second prizes in the Poster Competition. IEEE MetroCon 2017 was held on October 26 at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington,TX. The research themes and the corresponding posters submitted are the following:

  • The first place paper was Energy-Efficient Physical Unclonable Functions for Secure IoT Environment, authored by V. P. Yanambaka, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos. The student author Venkata Prasanth Yanambaka was awarded the Best Student Poster of the Conference with a cash prize of $1,000. The key idea of this paper is hardware-assisted security for the IoT using Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs). PUF is a hardware primitive that generates a random key due to manufacturing variations, which is unique to the PUF. The key is not stored but is rather generated on demand by the PUF, hence making it secure as compared to a typical scenario where the key is stored in a memory.

  • The second place paper was I-Stress: A Stress Monitoring System through the IoT, authored by L. Rachakonda, P. Sundaravadivel, S. P. Mohanty, and E. Kougianos. Student authors Laavanya Rachakonda and Prabha Sundaravadivel were awarded Second Best Student Poster with a cash prize of $500. The key idea of this paper is an IoT based stress monitoring system for healthy living. I-Stress analyzes stress in a person by considering body temperature, sweating patterns and physical activity and determines two states, stressed and neutral.

The Smart Electronic Systems Laboratory, formerly called the NanoSystem Design Laboratory, has graduated 7 Ph.D. dissertations and 25 M.S. theses in the last decade. The students are very well placed in the industry and academia. Eight of its graduates have received outstanding student awards at UNT. The SESL currently has 5 Ph.D. students engaged in cutting-edge research in energy-efficient and security aware smart electronics. The SESL is directed by Prof. Saraju P. Mohanty and Prof. Elias Kougianos.

IEEE MetroCon 2017 is in the 30th year of the event that brings the latest technology to the DFW Metroplex. It typically features many technical tracks, industry exhibits, and a poster competition for students. The industrial sponsors of MetroCon 2017 include Lockheed Martin, Oncor, Mentor, IBM, and Mouser.


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CSE Alumni News

Alumni Focus on Dushyant Vipradas and Siri Yenigalla

Dushyant Vipradas and Siri Yenigalla were both master’s students in the Computer Engineering program from 2006-2007. They met at UNT in Denton and they have a lot of fond memories here. They both graduated in 2007.

Siri joined the Indian Student Association as the PR representative in Spring 2006 and eventually became president later. Part of her job was to make sure new students have a ride from DFW to the university campus. That’s when she first exchanged emails with Dushyant when he was about to arrive for the summer semester and sent a picture for identification at the airport. When she first saw the picture, she thought to herself that he has enormous eyes.

When Dushyant reached the university, he came to her EE lab where she was working as a research assistant to thank her for her help. She fell for him the first time she saw him and loved his eyes. Eventually, it was mutual. Siri said it was a funny story that all of his four roommates, including him, got married to the girls who were from UNT and happened to be roommates at one point of time or other. Three of the girls had their first child the same year as well. Siri says their get-togethers have been really fun.

Dushyant got a job in New York even before he graduated. As they wanted to stay closer, he eventually moved back to Dallas and joined Nokia as a software engineer working on embedded systems. Siri worked in a couple of startups as a User experience (UX) design consultant before she came back to Dallas and joined Verizon as an Information Architect. By the end of 2010, Nokia had a significant change in their work, which made them move from Dallas to the Bay area.

That move helped them build their careers and also their family. Siri joined full time with Eveo, the health care ad agency. That position lead her to join Sony entertainment and then she landed in her current job as Senior UX Architect in Vudu. Vudu is a movies and TV transactional video on demand company which is owned by Walmart and has the highest movie and TV collection available. Siri’s office is in Sunnyvale.

Dushyant worked for Nokia for few more years before joining his current company, Samsung Research America. He finished his MBA in between so he became a product manager after being a software engineer. His office is in Mountain View. Their workplaces are two miles apart, so they carpooled a lot. Now that they have two beautiful children, Jasith, 4.5-year-old, and Mayan, 1.5-year-old, they go in separate cars as they have to work around different drop-off and pick-up schedules. Though they go in separate vehicles, they end up talking to each other while commuting every single day.

Right now both Dushyant and Siri are creating and building exciting new products for their respective companies. Dushyant spoke at the Samsung developer conference this year because of the successful work he has done. Other than enjoying their work, they manage to have fun with their friends. During their holiday breaks, they mostly have get-togethers with their master’s program friends, and relive their UNT days by talking about all the things they have done in the university and the stories never get old. Siri says, "UNT holds a special place for us and we love the time spent when we were at the university."

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


CSE Alumni at UNT Homecoming

On the right, CSE Alumnus Wes Fox (B.S. Computer Science 1992) brought his son Paxton on the left to the College of Engineering’s Homecoming Tailgate Party and talked with the Dean Costas Tsatsoulis in the center. Congratulations to Paxton on getting accepted at the College of Engineering!

The UNT College of Engineering hosted a tailgate party on November 11, 2017 before the 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, Associate Chair Armin Mikler and Assistant Professor Eduardo Blanco were there to greet CSE Alumni.

According to Angus McColl, Senior Director of Development for the College of Engineering, the following CSE Alumni came with their families to the tailgate party:

Brigitte Birze, M.S. 1991
Terrence Bunkley, B.S. 2011
Jamison Crump, B.A. 1998
Erwin Fernandez-Ordonez, M.S. 2016
Wes Fox, B.S. 1992
Carrie Griffin, B.S. 2015<
Samuel McGregor, B.S. 2016
Kevin Peterson, B.S. 2004
Mathew Philpot, B.S. 2012
Greg Thurman, B.S. 1998
Zina Townley, B.S. 1987

It was great to see these CSE Alumni at the tailgate party. Plus UNT Mean Green football team beat the UTEP 45-10 and became the Conference USA West Division champion. Congratulations to the Mean Green!


Jacen R. Kohler presents at two Cyber Security Conferences

Jacen R. Kohler also presented at BSides DFW 2017 on November 4 at SMU in Plano.

The CSE Cyber Security Club is proud that its alumnus Jacen R. Kohler (B.S. 2017 Computer Engineering) presented "Abusing Protocols for Dynamic Addressing in Space" at the 5th NTX ISSA Cyber Security Conference at Collin College Spring Creek Campus in Plano, TX on November 11, 2017. His presentation was about his senior design project that he did while in CSCE 4915, Computer Engineering Design II. More information about Jacen’s project can be seen here

Student News

CSE Ph.D. Student defends Dissertation

Congratulations to this Ph.D. student who successfully defended his dissertation!

Zhi Lui

Dissertation: Location Estimation, event detection, and association analysis

Major Professor: Yan Huang

Defense Date: October 31, 2017





Two CSE Ph.D. students compete in final round of 3MT®

CSE Ph.D. student Sultan Alotaibi is third from the left. CSE Ph.D. student Prabha Sundaravadivel is fifth from the right.

Congratulations to CSE Ph.D. students Prabha Sundaravadivel and Sultan Alotaibi on making it to the final round of competition in Toulouse Graduate School’s 3MT® Three Minute Thesis on November 11, 2017. Eight Ph.D. students from UNT competed in the final round of 3MT®. CSE Chair Dr. Barrett Bryant and Professor Saraju Mohanty both attended to support our CSE students.

Prabha’s presentation was on "Improving Quality of Life Using the Internet of Things (IoT)". She is a Ph.D. candidate working in the Smart Electronic Systems Laboratory (SESL) with Dr. Saraju Mohanty. Her research interests include Consumer Electronics, VLSI, Embedded Systems and Machine Learning. She is a Teaching Assistant in CSCE 3730, Reconfigurable Logic.

Sultan presented on "Future Mobile Network: Increasing the Capacity with Limited Radio Resources." He is a researcher in the Wireless Sensor Lab (WiSL) with Dr. Robert Akl. He is an author of several IEEE publications.

Congratulations to the winner Xiaonan Lu from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the UNT College of Engineering. She will now represent UNT in the regional competition which will take place at the University of Arkansas in February. This article about the 3MT® competition appeared in the Denton Record-Chronicle.


UNT Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Bottom row (L-R): Kaylie Sheehan (Materials Engineering-Secretary), Sheena Lindorm (Mechanical & Energy Engineering-Treasurer), Sadia Saeed (Mechanical & Energy Engineering-Webmaster),
Neha John (Materials Engineering-Freshman Rep)

Middle Row (L-R): Jessica Lanier (Materials Engineering-Vice President Internal),
Suzanna Stenger (Mechanical Engineering Technology-Vice President of Philanthropy)

Top row (L-R): Audrey Huneycutt (Mechanical & Energy Engineering- Vice President of Networking),
Samantha Zellner (Materials Engineering-President), Oluwasubomi Adenuga (Mechanical & Energy Engineering-
Vice President of Public Relations)

The UNT Society of Women Engineers is a student organization that supports engineering as a viable career choice for women. UNT SWE invites females majoring in any Science, Technology, Engineering or Math to join the organization. UNT SWE is dedicated to promoting math, science and engineering to local middle and high school girls by hosting and participating in outreach activities. In addition, the chapter encourages professional development in the workplace by hosting workshops and bringing in professionals employed in the technology field. Workshops cover areas such as resume building, professional dress and how to best prepare yourself for internships, jobs and research opportunities. For more information, please go to the SWE website or Facebook page.


UNT SHPE off to a great start

The UNT Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is an organization dedicated to promoting careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)—regardless of race. We value excellence in education, professionalism and leadership in every member of our organization. We offer opportunities for professional development through workshops, networking, social events, and meetings with industry. If you are looking to give back to your community by helping increase the number of students in STEM programs while making beneficial networking connections, this organization may be what you are looking for.

SHPE’s vision is a world where Hispanics are influential and highly valued as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers. SHPE is not just for Hispanics or engineers, although most of our members pertain to one of those categories, we are about improving STEM education, giving back to our community and providing students with skills necessary to successfully obtain internships, professional jobs and successful careers. SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and the ability to impact the world through S.T.E.M. awareness, support and development.

College of Engineering News

College of Engineering Events       College of Engineering News


CSE Students participate in Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)

Congratulations to CSE student John Todd on winning third place for his research poster presentation on "Using Machine Learning to Detect Kernel System Attacks" at the College of Engineering’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) on November 10, 2017. Dr. Krishna Kavi is John’s faculty mentor. John received his award from Dr. Costas Tsatsoulis, Dean of the UNT College of Engineering.

CSE student Alejandro Olvera, a Computer Engineering student, also participated in SURE with his poster "Developing Visual Accessibility for the Lego EV3." His faculty mentor was Dr. Stephanie Ludi.

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.


Anupama Kaul will head the PACCAR Technology Institute

Anupama Kaul has been named director of the UNT College of Engineering’s PACCAR Technology Institute. Kaul came from the University of Texas at El Paso and joined UNT on September 1 to be the PACCAR professor in engineering and professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering.

The PACCAR Technology Institute is a unique, non-traditional center for research and educational excellence which works on a variety of research topics related to cutting edge engineering research problems that span multiple disciplines. As an interdisciplinary research unit of the University of North Texas, PACCAR brings together academic researchers and industry experts from various physical and social sciences and engineering disciplines.

Read more about this new appointment in this College of Engineering article.

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Mean Green in championship game

Your Conference USA West Division champion Mean Green are headed to Boca Raton, Florida, to take on East-Division winner Florida Atlantic in the 2017 Dynacraft Conference USA Football Championship on Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m. Central time (noon Eastern time). The game will be televised on ESPN 2.

North Texas is bowl eligible and will learn its bowl destination and opponent on Sunday, December 3. For more information about your Mean Green, go to this postseason page.


UNT College of Music presents holiday concerts

The UNT College of Music will present three holiday concerts. The first concert will be on Friday, December 1, when the Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers present "Handl and Handel" at the Margot and Bill Winspear Performance Hall in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, Denton. The performance will begin with two motets by composer Jacob Handl followed by the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah," along with "The Trumpet Shall Sound" and "Hallelujah Chorus."

There will be "A Festival of Carols and Choral Classics" at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 8 for the UNT Sounds of the Holidays. The concert features the University Singers, Men’s and Women’s choruses, A Cappella Choir and Concert Choir, as well as an audience sing-along to holiday classics.

Finally, on Saturday, December 23, at 12 noon, Tuba Christmas will perform at the UNT Library Mall to present an afternoon of free holiday tunes. To purchase tickets for the performances on December 1 and 8, contact the Murchison Performing Arts Center box office at 940-369-7802 or visit the online box office.

More information from this UNT press release.


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