April 2013 Edition
Department of Computer Science and Engineering News
Student News
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science — Aaron Buchanan
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Engineering — Charles Goodrum
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Information Technology — James Glenn
Outstanding Master's Student in Computer Science — Brandon Potter
Outstanding Master's Student in Computer Engineering — Chaitra Vijaygopalraj Urs
Outstanding PhD Student in Computer Science and Engineering — Geng Zheng
Outstanding Students recognize CSE faculty members
CSE Students defend PhD Dissertations
Students defend MS Theses
CSE Graduate Students win awards in first Graduate Exhibition
Support UNT SHPE! Buy a raffle ticket!
Advising Corner
Exit Interview for Graduating Graduate Students on May 6th
Course Exit Surveys help improve our undergraduate programs
College of Engineering News

Greetings from the CSE Chair

Dr. Barrett Bryant, Chairman

Dear CSE Students,

The Spring 2013 semester will end in a few weeks, but before that many of our undergraduate students will be making presentations at the College of Engineering's Design Day on April 26. Students will be presenting their posters between 9:30 and 11:30 am in the main hall of Discovery Park. Everyone is invited to attend so I hope to see many of our students at Design Day!

Congratulations to our CSE Outstanding Students who were recognized at UNT Honors Day on April 5. Congratulations to Tawfiq Shah on receiving the PepsiCo Undergraduate Scholarship for Spring 2013. Several CSE graduate students successfully defended their dissertations and theses and will graduate at Spring commencement. Congratulations to these students on their achievements. Finally, we welcome students visiting from Italy and Thailand who are studying in our CSE Department this semester.

Congratulations to our CSE students who will be graduating in May. Best wishes to you in your future career. After you graduate, I hope you will continue to support our Department of Computer Science and Engineering. You can keep in touch with us by registering on the alumni page of our website. We are proud of our alumni and hope you will come back to visit us in the future.

Barrett Bryant
Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science and
Engineering News

CSE Senior Projects to be presented on Design Day on April 26

Undergraduate students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering will present their research projects at the UNT College of Engineering's Design Day on Friday, April 26, 2013. The program will begin with a Welcome Address in the Auditorium, B155, at 9 am. Poster and project presentations will be made in the Discovery Park Foyer from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

The following projects will be presented by students in CSCE 4910/4915 Computer Engineering Senior Design beginning at 1:00 pm in the Discovery Park Auditorium, B155:

  • The "Cunning Technologies" team developed the TruID system, which is intended to assist users with authentication to internet services. This system seeks to provide the authentication service in a way that removes the user from the process of normal password creation and maintenance by doing these things for them. It is intended that this will be a much more secure way to access internet services. The device will also have multiple levels of security including fingerprint authentication and a pin, making the users' credentials as secure as possible. Student presenters are Tahla Ali, Daniel Derusha, Michael Jabillo, Rajee Jones, Adam Nottingham, and Robert Tidwell.

  • "Team Red" is to design or extend a prototype home entertainment system that can encode and store television broadcasts on-the-fly for future playback on devices such as a television, home PC, or smart-phone as well as play files from a PC or smart-phone on a TV. Team members are Ryan Aldridge, Kayleigh Bush, Kyle Miller, and Tommy Nguyen.

  • "Team Sharp" will present the automatic drive system, which is a self-driven and self-operated vehicle that can carry visitors to their destination without any hassle in a short amount of time. It will be designed with the embedded computer, which obeys the visitor's instruction. It will be designed so simple that it can be operated without any hassle and extreme safety. Hopefully the vehicle will save time in finding the places and departments inside the building of Discovery Park. Students on "Team Sharp" are Raul Ascencio, Charles Jovanovich, Sushil Neupane, and Elizabeth Payson.

  • "The Outliers" project is Emotiv Head Tracking and Brainwave monitoring system. Mimir is a combination of technologies. The first part is a brain-computer interface (BCI) produced by Emotiv. This BCI uses electroencephalography (EEG) to read brain waves. The software reads these brain wave patterns and allows developers to map them to functions. The second piece of hardware included in Mimir is the head tracker. This device tracks the direction the user is looking in. "The Outliers" are James Buchanan, Benedict Chukwuma, Jesse Hendricks, Christie Johnson, Robert Linehart, and Eric Schlueter.

The following projects will be presented by students in CSCE 4905/4925 BAIT Capstone in F219 starting at 2:30 pm:

  • "CumulusFour" has developed CloudOne Portal. CloudOne needs a modular intranet portal that will allow us to present to customers their monthly usages and billing for their environments. The key areas are Jazz monitoring/Billing, FlexLTML monitoring/Billing, (both areas here are looking for Peak concurrent usage), VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) Details, and Helpdesk. "CumulusFour" are Payton Climer, Westley Huebner, Curtis Myers, Kevin Ray.

  • "GetIT" will present its LifeNet Web Portal. LifeNet Community Behavioral Healthcare is an out-patient mental health clinic that provides services to indigent and homeless individuals and families. LifeNet is comprised of 3 divisions, Clinical Services, Supported Employment, and Permanent Supportive Housing. LifeNet needs a website for its housing department that not only promotes the department but also serves as a portal for homeless people to sign up for housing, submit contact info to LifeNet staff and get self-help. Team members are Zachary Banes, James Freeman, Wesley Nyamangwanda, and Timothy Page.

  • "Life Tech" developed a Child Rewards Mobile App which is primarily focused on design and implementation of a Mobile Application that will allow a parent or primary user to set a "Chore" list that a child or second user would have to complete in order to gain tokens to access applications or gain internet access on their mobile smart phones. "Life Tech" members are Christopher Brown, Kenneth Leddy, Christopher Lord, Ian Walton, and Byron West.

  • "Redeye Consultants" created an ecommerce website for Alan Blanquicet, a business owner who wants to extend his personalized clothing services to an online audience. This website will allow him to reach a greater number of clients while managing his current sales and business. It will also streamline his sales and finances into an easy to use and manage format. "Redeye Consultants" are Anousone Bousanouvong, Christopher Daughtrey, Christopher Herrera, Jonathan Mesa, and Alfredo Villagomez.

  • "Tru Identity" developed an Identity Protection Mobile App to design a solution for mobile devices that allows a user to log into websites from their mobile device using only one unique and creative authentication method without remembering passwords and usernames. Student presenters are Patrick Cryer, William Evans, James Glenn, Mark Hurtado, James Mills, and Jose Salazar.

Everyone is invited to attend these presentations. We hope you will attend Design Day! 

Security Workshop hosted by CSE Department

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering, in collaboration with the National Convergence Technology Center at Collin College, hosted the 2nd SoMiC Workshop: Security on the Move and in the Clouds on April 5, 2013. In this picture on the right, Dr. Ram Dantu, Conference Chair, welcomed everyone to the conference and introduced the Keynote speaker Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, the Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. I Distinguished Professor in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Security professionals from educational institutions and industry made presentations during this one-day workshop on Security issues related to mobile device platforms and applications, Social Media and the Cloud. Mr. David Keathly, Senior Lecturer in the CSE Department and Co-PI National Convergence Technology Center, was the Proceedings and Publicity Chair for the Workshop. This event was supported by a grant from the National Convergence Technology Center, an NSF Regional Center hosted at Collin College. See more pictures at this Media Gallery page

Computer Systems Research Lab News

Dr. Kavi standing on the Charles Bridge over the Vltava river in Prague. In the background is the Prague castle.

Dr. Krishna Kavi traveled to Prague, Czech Republic February 19-22, 2013 to present the following paper at the 26th International Conference on the Architecture of Computer Systems (ARCS-2013): "A multicore memory organization for 3D-DRAM as main memory" by J. Sherman, K. Kavi, B. Potter and M. Ignatowski. This work is supported in part by a grant from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD).

The following paper is accepted for publication and presentation at the 7th IEEE International Conference on Software Security and Reliability, to be held June 18-20, 2013 in Washington, DC. "VULCAN" Vulnerability assessment framework for Cloud computing" by P. Kamongi, S. Kotikela, K. Kavi, M. Gomathisankarn and A. Singhal.

Patrick Kamongi has been accepted to attend the LASER 2013 Software Engineering for the Cloud and Big Data Summer School to be held September 8-14, 2013, in Elba, Italy.

The Computer Systems Research Lab (CSRL) has been hosting four graduate students from the University of Pisa. The visiting students have made significant progress on their research over the past two months. They are working two different architecture related projects and collaborating with members of the CSRL. 

News from Software Engineering Language Lab

Dr. Bryant at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

In March, Dr. Barrett Bryant co-chaired the Programming Languages Track of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing in Coimbra, Portugal. This was the 20th Programming Languages Track at SAC, having been founded by Dr. Bryant in 1994. Dr. Tarau was a presenter at the very first SAC PL Track. Dr. Bryant also serves on the SAC Steering Committee and visited the University of Salamanca, Spain, to help plan SAC 2015. Both the University of Salamanca and the University of Coimbra are among the oldest universities in Europe. 

CSE faculty and graduate co-chair ICCCNT'13

Dr. Duraisamy, left, and Dr. Buckles, right, are organizing ICCCNT 2013.

The Fourth International Conference on Computing, Communication and Networking Technologies (ICCCNT 2013) will be held at Vivekanandha College of Engineering for Women, Tiruchengode, Tamilnadu, India on July 4-6, 2013. This Conference aims to provide a forum that brings together International researchers from academia and practitioners in industry to meet and exchange ideas and recent research work on all aspects of information and communication technologies.

CSE faculty member Dr. Bill Buckles is a Co-Chair of the Technical Committee. Dr. Krishna Kavi, Dr. Xiaohui Yuan, and Dr. Mahadevan Gomathisankaran, all CSE faculty members, are Technical Committee Members. Dr. Mohammed Yassine Belkhouche, a Summer 2012 CSE graduate and adjunct CSE faculty member, is also on the Technical Committee. Dr. Murali Varanasi, faculty member in the UNT Department of Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Prakash Duraisamy, a PhD graduate of the CSE Department in December 2012 and now a visiting scientist at MIT, are the Conference Co-Chairs. For more information, please visit the website at ICCCNT

Distinguished Speaker Seminars continue

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering hosted Professor Raymond Mooney, in this picture, from the University of Texas at Austin as a Distinguished Speaker on April 4, 2013. His presentation was on Grounded Language Learning.

The last Distinguished Speaker for Spring 2013 will be Hanan Samet from University of Maryland. Dr. Samet will speak on May 3, 2013 on Place-Based Information Systems: Textual Location Identification and Visualization. Everyone is invited to attend! 

RoboCamp and Grandparents University

RoboCamp 2013 sessions will be held in June and July 2013. The RoboCamp summer robotics camp is a one-week day camp that will engage middle and high school students in team, project-oriented activities that utilize laptops and the SumoBot Robot produced by Parallax Inc. Activities include creatively programming the robots to draw different shapes and imagery or performing music and dance routines, as well as Sumo competitions. The design of the project activities encourages team exploration as well as independent operations.

The Xbox game programming camp is a one-week day camp that will engage middle and high school students in team, project-oriented activities that utilize laptops, XNA Framework (which is provided by Microsoft), and Xbox 360 gaming consoles. Students will learn coding and programming principles and develop an understanding of the role of physics and mathematics in game design. Students will have the opportunity to play the games and therefore to see the results of their programming.

The Android App Camp is a new RoboCamp offering for Summer 2013. The AppCamp is a one week summer activity that will introduce participants to the skills needed to develop mobile applications for Android phone and Tablet platforms. Apps will be developed using the AppInventor toolkit originally developed by Google and now supported by the MIT Media Lab. This is an online tool that students can continue to use at home after the camp. A number of apps will be developed using animation, user interaction and phone services such as texting, phone services, GPS, web services, google maps and more!

Registration for these camps began on April 1. Camps are open to all area students that will be entering grades 8 through 12 in the Fall of 2013. Each camp is strictly limited to 20 - 24 participants on a first come, first served basis. More details about Robocamp can be found at http://www.cse.unt.edu/robocamp.

We are also participating in this year's UNT Grandparents University on June 20-21, 2013. This camp is a two day experience for young students ages 7-12 plus a grandparent. Please visit http://call.unt.edu/lifelonglearning and click on Grandparents University for more information. 

PepsiCo Scholarship awarded to Tawfiq Shah

Tawfiq Shah and Barrett Bryant

In Spring 2013, the CSE Undergraduate Committee awarded the PepsiCo Scholarship to Tawfiq Shah. He applied for the scholarship and Dr. Yuan sent a recommendation for him. A senior majoring in Computer Science, Tawfiq is from Nairobi, Kenya. He is a member of the CSE Cyber Defense Team that competed in March in San Antonio.

Tawfiq is also an Engineering Ambassador for the UNT College of Engineering. As an Engineering Ambassador, he gives tours of the College to prospective students and represents the College during on-campus events and high school university fairs. Tawfiq is also a member of the Center of Student Affairs (CSA) Advisory Board, representing students in the CSE Department. He is the recruitment chair of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

Congratulations to Tawfiq on this award! 

Italian students visiting Computer Systems Research Lab this semester

Greetings from Italy from (L-R) Giuseppe Regina, Stefano Pianelli, Giandomenico Pisano, and Domenico Pace.

Dr. Krishna Kavi's Computer Systems Research Lab is hosting four Computer Engineering graduate students from the University of Pisa in Italy this semester. The Computer Systems Research Laboratory is a research group made up of faculty members and students whose current research focuses mainly on multithreaded architectures, 3D RAM design, and memory analysis tools.

These students arrived in January and will leave in May. Their research is focused on memory architectures under the supervision of Dr. Kavi. They will be using the research conducted at UNT towards their Master's degrees from the University of Pisa. They are very excited to work at the CSRL because all the people they have met here are so kind and nice to work with.

They are enjoying their stay here in Texas. As much as possible, they are trying to visit as many places in the surrounding area. They hope to take time in the future before they leave to see more of Texas. They have already been to Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin.

They would like to thank all the people who have helped make this experience possible. They are looking forward to sharing this type of experience with some UNT students who would like to study in Italy. 

Students from Thailand studying in CSE Department

(L-R) Tanapat Ruengsatra, Sunyanan Choochotkaew, Paopit Siriarchawatana, Nathawan Charoenkulvanich

We welcome four undergraduate students from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand this semester. They arrived here on March 13 to study in our CSE Department and will be with us until May 20. Tanapat Ruengsatra is studying data mining with Dr. Yan Huang. Sunyanan Choochotkaew is studying signal processing with Dr. Ram Dantu. Paopit Siriarchawatana is studying computer vision with Dr. Bill Buckles. Nathawan Charoenkulvanich is studying game programming with Dr. Ian Parberry.

Please welcome these four students to our CSE Department! 

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Student News

CSE faculty members selected the following outstanding students in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering who were recognized at the UNT Honors Day on April 5, 2013.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science — Aaron Buchanan

Aaron Buchanan is currently a third-year student working towards a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. He is primarily interested in algorithms and internet programming. His current projects include an encrypted journaling program and an interactive application that finds the shortest path between two points in the Discovery Park campus.

In summer 2012, Aaron worked at Fidelity Investments as a Technical Intern. There, he worked on a team to build upon existing web-based software.

After an expected graduation date of May 2014, he plans to enter the workforce as a software developer. Aaron would like to give his thanks to all of UNT's staff and faculty for their determination and support.

Aside from programming, Aaron enjoys reading, listening to music, and running. 

Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Engineering — Charles Goodrum

Charles Goodrum transferred to UNT in Fall 2009 from Brookhaven College (Dallas County Community College) where he studied music, and received his Associate in Arts degree in the study of Violin Performance. He graduated from UNT in December 2012, and is currently seeking professional employment.

In 2011-2012, Charles' senior design team created a Parking Spot Locator. This project used a camera placed on the roof of the Engineering Building to transmit images to a computer. The picture was dissected and processed to determine the locations of full and empty parking spaces, which could then be viewed on a mobile phone app. He created the algorithm for this in Matlab with the help of David Keathly and the rest of the team.

Charles worked for most of his UNT career. He spent much of his time commuting between work, school, and home. In his free time he still continues to practice his violin, and piano. Other activities he enjoys outside of school include cooking, camping, reading, and weightlifting.

Charles enjoyed his three and a half years at UNT, and really appreciates all he learned from the department. 

Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Information Technology — James Glenn

James Glenn transferred to UNT in 2011. James served in the US Air Force for six years as a linguist. After the military, he has worked in the computer industry for many years working with Internet based companies in hosting and development services. He is graduating from UNT in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Information Technology. James has received the Dean's Scholarship and is a member of IEEE, SALUTE Honor Society, Tau Sigma Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

In the Fall, James will begin the PhD Program in the CSE Department here at UNT where he will be working with Dr. Rodney Nielsen in the area of Natural Language Processing. 

Outstanding Master's Student in Computer Science — Brandon Potter

Brandon Potter received his BS in Computer Science from the University of North Texas in December 2011. The following semester, he immediately began UNT's Graduate Program and received a Research Assistant position in the Computer Systems Research Laboratory (CSRL).

While an undergraduate, Brandon interned at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for twelve weeks during Summer 2011. During 2011 and 2012, he published two international conference papers titled "Gleipnir: A Memory Analysis Tool" and "A Multi-core Memory Organization for 3-D DRAM as Main Memory". He plans to defend his Master's thesis titled "A Virtual Memory System for 3-D Stacked DRAM on General Purpose Microprocessors" later this year.

During his time with CSRL, Brandon developed an interest in the fields of computer architecture, compilers, and operating systems. He enthusiastically recommends the group to other graduate students who have not yet decided on a research focus; the people who comprise the group are amazing and the work is challenging. There is no better research environment for computer systems.

Brandon wishes to thank his advisor, Dr. Krishna Kavi, for his guidance, patience, and resourcefulness. He wishes to thank his parents for their kindness, support, and time. Finally, he thanks Lauren and Braun for making the days brighter with their love. 

Outstanding Master's Student in Computer Engineering — Chaitra Vijaygopalraj Urs

Chaitra Vijaygopalraj Urs started UNT's Graduate program in Computer Engineering in the Fall semester of 2010 with Communication and Networks as her specialization. Her interest to learn motivated her to initially start helping fellow students in their projects at the Network Security Lab (NSL), later continuing to take up a thesis under Dr. Ram Dantu. Chaitra is also employed as a Graduate Technology Assistant at Texas Center for Digital Knowledge (TxCDK), under the College of Information, UNT, where she develops and redesigns websites along with handling Virtual Machines and Servers.

Chaitra defended her thesis titled "A Vehicle-Collision Learning System using Driving Patterns on the Road" in March 2013. Her research work resulted in studying different dynamics of the vehicle system using various sensors, along with understanding the collision types and their signatures in correlation with vehicle driving maneuvers, to further develop potential safety applications for the vehicle on the road. Her work involving vehicle collision and notification framework was selected to be presented at the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

She was involved as a System Support and Volunteer, at the iConference 2013 in Fort Worth, hosted by the College of Information, UNT. She is an active member at the World Echoes organization, serving as the event coordinator, enthusiastically participating and conducting events. During her free time she likes paint, sketch and create artistic works. 

Outstanding PhD Student in Computer Science and Engineering — Geng Zheng

Geng Zheng received the BE degree from Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China, in 2005 and the MS degree from Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, in 2008, both in Electrical Engineering. He started pursuing the PhD degree in Computer Science and Engineering at UNT in 2010. His area of interest is Analog/Mixed-Signal Circuit Design and Optimization. With great support from his major professor, Dr. Saraju Mohanty and co-major professor Dr. Elias Kougianos, Geng has been on the fast track for completing his research and degree.

Geng won a fellowship to attend the ACM A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration in San Francisco, CA, in the summer of 2012, and a fellowship to attend the SIGDA–NSF–SRC–DAC Design Automation Summer School in San Diego, CA, in the summer of 2011. He was awarded the Micron Technology Fellowship and the Excellent Undergraduate Student Scholarship from Boise State University and Beijing Institute of Technology, respectively.

Geng has more than 10 peer-reviewed IEEE/ACM/SPIE publications. He serves as a Program Committee Member of IEEE IEDEC and IEEE ASQED, and a reviewer for 13 technical conferences/Journals. He defended his PhD dissertation titled "Layout-Accurate Ultra-Fast System-Level Design Exploration through Verilog-AMS" in February 2012. 

Outstanding Students recognize CSE faculty members

On Honors Day, the following CSE faculty members were recognized by the Outstanding Students as a positive influence in their college career:

Dr. Ram Dantu
Mr. David Keathly
Dr. Saraju Mohanty
Dr. Robert Renka

CSE Students defend PhD Dissertations

Congratulations to these PhD students for successfully defending their PhD dissertations!

Geng Zheng

Dissertation: "Layout-Accurate Ultra-Fast System-Level Design Exploration through Verilog-AMS"

Major Professor: Dr. Saraju P. Mohanty

Defense Date: February 18, 2013

Olivia Loza

Dissertation: "Optimizing Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions using Multi-Coaffiliation Networks"

Major Professor: Dr. Armin R. Mikler

Defense Date: March 27, 2013 

Students defend MS Theses

Congratulations to these graduate students who defended their MS Theses!

Kok Chuan Koh

Thesis: "Modeling Alcohol Consumption Using Blog Data"

Major Professor: Rada Mihalcea

Defense Date: March 21, 2013

Chaitra Vijaygopalraj Urs

Thesis: "A Vehicle-Collision Learning System using Driving Patterns on the Road"

Major Professor: Dr. Ram Dantu

Defense Date: March 22, 2013

Mahesh Gautam

Thesis: "Exploring Memristor Based Analog Design in Simscape"

Major Professor: Dr. Saraju P. Mohanty

Defense Date: March 26, 2013


CSE Graduate Students win awards in first Graduate Exhibition

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

The following CSE Graduate Students participated in the Graduate Exhibition: Bayaner Arigong, Enkh-Amgalan Baatarjav, Garima Bajwa, Mohamed Issadeen Mohamed Fazeen, Danielle Gaither, Patrick Kamongi, Veronica Perez-Rosas, Jin Shao, and Chaitra Urs. To see our CSE winners in the Graduate Exhibition and pictures of some of our CSE participants, please go to this media gallery page

Support UNT SHPE! Buy a raffle ticket!

(L-R) Raul Asencio, Christopher Cruz, Jacqui Oquendo, and Jaime Flores

CSE Students from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) are selling raffle tickets to raise money to attend a regional SHPE conference. Tickets cost $5.00 each. First prize in the raffle is a Samsung Galaxy Tab2 (10.1). Second prize of two $25 gift cards to a local restaurant will be given to two winners. Third prize will have four winners with four paid SHPE memberships. Raffle tickets can be purchased until April 26. To purchase a raffle ticket, please contact SHPE members Oscar Angulo or Christopher Cruz.

SHPE at UNT is the smallest chapter in this region, but they are very passionate about their organization. Donations here are appreciated! Thanks for supporting SHPE at UNT! 

Advising Corner

Here are the latest words of wisdom from our CSE Advisors!

Please remember that for the Ethics courses, CSCE 4010 is for CS and IT, and CSCE 4011 is for Computer Engineers.

There will no longer be Early Registration or Schedule Revision periods, it is simply REGISTRATION. You will still want to register as soon as you can because the longer you wait, the more classes will be closed.

To lock in your classes early, students should register according to this registration schedule on the right.

Fee payment for Fall 2013 Registration is due by 5 pm, August 15, 2013 for registration that has occurred as of 4:30 pm, August 15, 2013. Fee payment deadline will be 6 pm, August 26, 2013 for registration that has occurred between August 16 and 5:30 pm August 26, 2013.

BILLS WILL NOT BE MAILED for Fall 2013. Go to EIS self-service online at my.unt.edu for your account balance and schedule information. Account balance information will be available at my.unt.edu once you complete registration. Go to EIS Student Center to view your bill.

Fee payment arrangements must be completed by the deadlines stated above, or your registration requests will be canceled and you will not be registered. Students must pay their total due amount or the first payment of the installment plan if they select the installment plan option. Students receiving financial aid or scholarships must have enough anticipated aid to cover their total due amount or the first payment of the installment plan posted to their account by 5 pm, August 15, 2013. 

Exit Interview for Graduating Graduate Students on May 6th

Dr. Bill Buckles, Graduate Studies Coordinator, invites all graduate students who are graduating this semester to come to an Exit Interview Meeting on May 6th at 2 pm in the CSE department's main conference room, F223. To ensure the quality of our program and to determine how it should be changed and improved, we seek information from a number of sources including our recent graduates, our advisory board, area employers, and most importantly, from our current students. Dr. Buckles looks forward to meeting with our graduate students who will be leaving us this semester and getting their feedback about their experience in our CSE department. 

Course Exit Surveys help improve our undergraduate programs

All undergraduate students are asked to complete two surveys at the end of each semester. The SETE is a university survey about your instructor. The online exit survey is about the course to find out how well you think the ABET course outcomes have been met. At the end of the semester, your instructor will ask you to complete an online exit survey to evaluate how effective the course has been in helping you achieve the desired outcomes for that course.

Each undergraduate course has outcomes, which are measurable skills or knowledge that students should achieve by the end of the course. The outcomes of all the courses in the curriculum are designed to ensure that you have mastered the objectives of the degree by the time you graduate. The course exit survey tells us how you think you are achieving these outcomes and your suggestions for improving the course.

The BS in Computer Science has been accredited since 1986 and the BS in Computer Engineering has been accredited since 2008. The Undergraduate Committee is in the process of seeking ABET accreditation for the BA in Information Technology program in 2013.

ABET requires us to have a program of continuing assessment and improvement. Your surveys are reviewed by the CSE Undergraduate Committee and needed changes are made in our courses. Thank you for completing these exit surveys and helping to improve our CSE undergraduate programs. 

College of Engineering News

Design Day for CENG Students on April 26

The College of Engineering is hosting Design Day on Friday, April 26, at Discovery Park. The program will begin at 9 am in the Auditorium, B155, with a Welcome Address followed by poster and project presentations from 9:30 to 11:30 am in the Discovery Park Foyer. Students in the following College of Engineering programs will present their projects:

A) Computer Engineering at 1 pm in B155
B) Information Technology at 2:30 pm in F219
C) Electrical Engineering at 1 pm in B242
D) Mechanical and Energy Engineering at 1 pm in D201
E) Electrical Engineering Technology at 1 pm in B190
F) Mechanical Engineering Technology at 1 pm in B185
G) Construction Engineering Technology at 1 pm in B192

Everyone is invited to attend Design Day and see what students are doing at the UNT College of Engineering! 

College of Engineering featured in UNT Research

Several College of Engineering faculty and students are included in the 2013 issue of UNT Research. UNT President V. Lane Rawlins, in his President's Note, says that "UNT is making good progress. Since the creation of our College of Engineering in 2003, the college has made incredible gains in enrollment, innovative degree programs and research. It has world-class programs such as materials science and mechanical and energy engineering. And it is establishing itself as a pacesetter in the areas of energy-efficient materials and green building technologies and practices."

Two CSE research centers are featured in the News Briefs section. The Net-Centric Software and Systems Center, directed by CSE Professor Dr. Krishna Kavi, is featured for being a Tech Titan and winning the university-level 2012 Tech Titan of the future by the Metroplex Technology Business Council. Cyber Security at CSE is also featured because UNT is recognized as a leader in cyber security education and research.

In the End Note, Dr. Geoff Gamble, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, talks about the facilities at the College of Engineering, "We're also continuing to broaden our infrastructure with facilities such as the Zero Energy Laboratory and the Research Greenhouse Complex at Discovery Park. Our Nanofabrication Analysis and Research Facility — which includes a 3,000-square-foot clean room — will come online this year. The facility, partially funded by the National Science Foundation, will be an advanced university laboratory for materials synthesis and analysis and micro/nano device fabrication." 

The CSE Student 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 csenewsletter@unt.edu.

http://www.cse.unt.edu UNT Computer Science and Engineering Department April 2013