|September 2016 Edition|
Department of Computer Science and Engineering News
Welcome new CSE faculty
Dr. Ram Dantu is CIO/CTO Award Finalist
Prof. Saraju Mohanty receives Toulouse Scholars Award
CeCERA nominated for Tech Titan award
Dr. Krishna Kavi awarded new patent
Distinguished Speaker at CSE in Fall 2016
Social Media being used to promote BAIT
CSE hosts Robocamp in Summer 2016
CSE NACLO student in International Linguistics Olympiad
Grad Track offered for CSE Undergraduate Students
Top 10 Reasons for CSE Majors to Join Teach North Texas
CSRL hosts Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
News from Dependable Computing Systems Lab
NSF Net-Centric, Cloud Software, Systems (NCSS) Industry, and University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) News
Software Engineering Lab (SELL) News
Congratulations to CSE graduates
CSE Students defend Dissertations and Theses
CSE Student completes internship at SSG Limited
Internship at NASA is lifelong dream for this CSE Student
CSE Student attends STARS Celebration
Join the Women in Computing Club
CSE Students invited to join UNT SWE
UNT SHPE invites CSE Students to join
College of Engineering News
Career Fair at Discovery Park on September 29
Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) on November 4
Dear CSE Students,
Welcome to our CSE Department in Fall 2016! CSE continues to grow as we now have 33 faculty, over 1,000 undergraduate students, almost 200 M. S. students, and almost 100 Ph. D. students. We have added five new faculty members—that is the most new faculty members ever for our department! CSE Professor Dr. Yan Huang has been appointed as the College of Engineering’s Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. Dr. Song Fu has been promoted to Associate Professor. Congratulations on their promotions! Since we are growing, our space is expanding and we are adding new research labs and faculty offices. The addition of 11 new faculty offices is complete and some of our new faculty have already moved to these new rooms on the back hallway of the department.
We have just received notice from the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET that our B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Information Technology programs have been accredited to September 2022 (the B.S. in Computer Engineering was previously accredited to 2020). ABET accreditation provides the best proof possible of a program’s quality. Thanks to all the students, alumni, faculty and staff members for their efforts to make this happen. The CSE Department is proud to offer programs that are accredited by ABET.
We have many events going on this semester. You are invited to hear our Distinguished Guest Speaker on October 31. We are happy to support students attending the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing this semester. I invite you to get involved in the activities in our CSE Department. Check this newsletter and our website to find out what is happening. Please LIKE our CSE Facebook page to get all the latest news. Have a great semester!
Professor and Chair
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomes the following new faculty members in Fall 2016!
Degree: Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas, 2016
At UNT: Visiting Lecturer
Research areas: information retrieval and natural language processing
Teaching Fall 2016: CSCE 2610 Assembly Language and Computer Organization and CSCE 3110 Data Structures and Algorithms
Degree: Ph.D. Computer Science, Buffalo, 2008
Previous position: North Dakota State University
At UNT: Associate Professor
Research areas: data mining and knowledge discovery, text and web mining, information retrieval and extraction
Teaching Fall 2016: CSCE 5380 Data Mining
Degree: Ph.D. Computer Science, Arizona State University, 2003
Previous position: Professor of Software Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology
At UNT: Professor
Research areas: software engineering, HCI, SE education
Teaching Fall 2016: CSCE 4444 Software Engineering
Degree:Ph.D. Computer Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014
Previous position: Pierson Wireless
At UNT: Lecturer
Research areas: wireless communications and networks, sensor networks, network security
Teaching Fall 2016: CSCE 1030 Computer Science I, CSCE 1040 Computer Science II and CSCE 3010 Signals and Systems
Degree: Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering, Penn State, 2014
Previous position: National Institute of Standards and Technology
At UNT: Assistant Professor
Research areas: network on chip, multi-core, QoS/performance/power
Teaching Fall 2016: CSCE 5610 Computer Architecture ↑
Dr. Ram Dantu has been nominated as a finalist by
a publication of D Magazine, in its inaugural CIO/CTO Awards. A partnership
between D CEO magazine and the Information Systems Security Association,
this program honors chief information officers, chief technology officers, and
others in top IT posts in the North Texas region. The award event will take place
on September 27, 2016. Congratulations to Dr. Dantu on this prestigious
Congratulations to Professor Saraju Mohanty for being the first ever member of the College of Engineering to receive the Toulouse Scholars Award! This is presented to a faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in teaching and/or scholarly and creative activities to enable them to further their contributions in one or both of these areas. This award will be presented at the UNT Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration on September 22, 2016.
More details are in this
College of Engineering Press Release.
Additional details about this award are at this
UNT Faculty Success page.
Congratulations to Prof. Mohanty on being the first recipient of this award!
|Dr. Armin Mikler, CeCERA Director, and Ravi Vaidya,|
Supporter of CeCERA, at the Tech Titans Gala.
The Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis
(CeCERA) was nominated for the Tech
Titan of the Future – University award by the Tech Titans, The Technology
Association for North Texas. This association recognizes outstanding
technology companies and individuals in North Texas area who have made
significant contributions to their industries at its annual awards gala.
This year the awards gala was held the Hotel Intercontinental in Dallas on
August 19, 2016. Congratulations to CeCERA on being recognized and
nominated for this award!
Dr. Krishna Kavi, the Director of the NCSS I/UCRC was granted a new patent in July 2016, titled "Method and apparatus for improving computer cache performance and for protecting memory systems against some side channel attacks". The patent was applied for in 2012. The basic innovation stems from how cache memories are addressed. In traditional designs, cache indexing can be viewed as a modulo based hash function, where a given address is "hashed" into one of the cache areas (known as cache sets). The innovation proposed by Kavi changes the hash function so that different address bits, which can be randomized, are used to create the modulo function, and the function can be changed dynamically to make it very difficult to predict which address maps to which cache set. The ability to predict addresses mapping to cache sets have led to some security attacks, leading to the disclosure of cryptographic keys.
This approach can also be used to mitigate cache conflicts among different
applications or data sets, by mapping data of different applications to
different cache sets. The proposed addressing can be applied to any type of
cache (L-1, L-2 or Last Level Cache).
Our first distinguished speaker in Fall 2016 will be Lluís Màrquez. His presentation will be on "Solving Community Question Answering Problems by Combining ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Machine Learning" on Monday, October 31, 2016 at 11:30 am in NTDP F223.
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.
He was co-organizer of various international evaluation tasks at
Senseval/SemEval (2004, 2007, 2010, 2015-2017) and CoNLL shared tasks
(2004-2005, 2008-2009). Secretary and President of the ACL SIG on Natural
Language Learning (SIGNLL) in the period 2007-2011, he currently serves as
President of the European Chapter of the ACL (EACL). Lluís Màrquez has been
Guest Editor of special issues at Computational Linguistics, LRE, JNLE, and
JAIR in the period (2007-2015). He has participated in 18 national and EU
research projects, acting as the principal site researcher in 10 of them.
Principal Lecturer David Keathly is currently participating in a small grant that involves research into the efficacy of Social Media as an impact mechanism for new enrollment. Specifically Social Media campaigns are being used to promote the CSE B.A. in Information Technology Program (BAIT) to underrepresented groups and non-transitional students returning to school. You can follow the news about BAIT on these social media platforms:
Twitter@UNTBAIT42 tag #TAKETHEBAIT
Linked In UNT CSE BAIT Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8526445
Instagram untbait ↑
UNT CSE once again hosted a number of STEM camps across the DFW area, with financial support from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Workforce Commission and the National Science Foundation via the National Convergence Technology Center. Camps were held in Denton, in Frisco at the new UNT Frisco, in Frisco at Collin College, and in Sherman at Texoma Christian School.
Overall the camps reached a total of 140 students from ages 12-18. The camps
included a smorgasbord of activities in Robotics, Android App Development,
Animation and Game Development with scripted activities for the students to
pursue at their own individual and team pace. Students were also able to spend
some time working on their own unique creations in these areas.
For the first time ever, a student who competed in NACLO at UNT was selected to be on the U.S. team and traveled to Mysore, India to compete in the 14th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL) hosted by Infosys on July 25-29, 2016. Wyatt Reeves, a senior from R.L. Paschal High School in Fort Worth at the time, qualified for the competition after scoring high enough in the invitational round of NACLO held in March.
According to this press release, two U.S. teams and one team from Canada, each consisting of four high school students, took home six medals, five honorable mentions, and one team trophy for the highest team average in the competition. Wyatt won a bronze medal in the individual round.
The Human Intelligence and Language Technologies
(HiLT Lab has sponsored the
North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad
for a number of years and they are proud that Wyatt qualified for the national
team and won a bronze medal. Dr. Rodney Nielsen
is the Director of the HiLT Lab. The next NACLO competition for high school
students will be held at UNT on January 26, 2017.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is proud to offer Grad Track
for undergraduate students in Computer Science and Computer
Engineering programs. Nine CSE undergraduate students are in the Grad Track
program. Students who are admitted to Grad Track can enroll in up to nine
credit hours of 5000-level graduate courses which will count toward BOTH
the undergraduate degree and Master’s degree. This will allow
students to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years. If you
are a junior or senior with an outstanding academic record, please consider
applying for this opportunity. For more information about requirements and
an application, please see this
Grad Track website.
Teach North Texas (TNT) is a program to prepare teachers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. If you are interested, please contact Phil Sweany, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering with any questions. Now here are the 10 top reasons to join TNT:
1. Two for one—you get both a Bachelor’s degree in a CS subject area and teaching credentials in a four-year, 122 credit-hour curriculum.
2. The first TNT course, Step 1, includes actual classroom teaching which allows you to determine if teaching "is for you" early in your college career.
3. The collaboration and presentation skills you’ll start learning in Step 1 and refine throughout other TNT courses will make you a more valuable employee in non-teaching jobs. (One of the biggest "concerns" we hear from potential employers is that CS graduates don’t have strong presentation and teamwork skills.)
4. While teaching in Texas requires passing a certification exam, TNT graduates have traditionally done very well passing these exams in all STEM fields. (To date 98% of TNT graduates have passed the certification exam for their discipline.)
5. Step 1 is a one-hour course so it can be easily added to most academic schedules with minimal (tuition) cost.
6. You’ll be addressing a significant national need for high school Computer Science teachers. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has started a "CS 10k" project to see to it that we have 10,000 new "well-prepared Computer Science Teachers" as soon as possible. Obviously they (and others) see a significant need.
7. You’ll find multiple job opportunities once you finish your CS degree and TNT courses. (See reason 6 above.)
8. You’ll become a better college student as you’ll learn modern pedagogy (teaching techniques) and recognize it in other classes you take.
9. You’ll be working with other TNT students, a group of interesting people who are passionate about their STEM subjects and teaching as well.
10. You’ll have fun!
|(L-R) Troy King, Zacharia Poycattle, Mukundan Kuthalam, and Clement Cole. Not pictured: Margarita Sanchez.|
The Computer Systems Research Laboratory (CSRL) at the University of North Texas provided five undergraduate research students opportunities to work with graduate students this summer.
For Troy King, a Senior Computer Science major at UNT, working on Dataflow PIM taught him about how to research in general and more about architecture, which had always been a difficult topic for him in the classroom.
Zach Poycattle, a Senior Computer Science major at UNT, focused his research on looking at vulnerabilities in software and hardware to see what types of attacks were possible because of them. After gaining that knowledge, he put everything he learned into an ontology using a program called Protégé. In Protégé, he had to use logic rules make the ontology more efficient and to make sure everything was in the right place.
This summer was the first time Mukundan Kuthalam, a Junior Computer Engineering major at UT Austin, was involved in research. He joined the CSRL lab to get more experience in what grad school would be like and to learn more about the field of software. His research on identifying and analyzing cloud application vulnerabilities really opened his eyes to how vast and complex the field of software engineering is.
The main task in Clement Cole’s research was to build an ALU (Arithmetic Logic Unit) for testing data flow architecture in support of another research project. Clement is a Senior Computer Engineering major at UNT.
Margarita Sanchez (not pictured), a Senior Computer Science major at UNT, spent this summer creating a program that works with the traces generated by the Hopper Application. The application takes an executable, reverse compiles it, and provides her with a trace file that she then uses to generate data flow graphs (DFG). The program takes in this trace and generates the DFG and allows her to compare it with other graphs to see if there are any similarities that she can use to improve performance.
The REU students described their experience working with Dr. Kavi and the
CSRL graduate students as rewarding, challenging and inspiring.
|(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 an NSF research grant. The three-year grant will support Dr. Fu and his lab to investigate storage failures and develop dependable storage systems. Some other projects in the Dependable Computing Systems Lab are funded by DOE Los Alamos National Laboratory. They aim to enhance the resilience of production high-performance computing systems.
Song Huang is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Dependable Computing Systems Lab (DCSL). He worked as a research intern at Cisco Systems, Inc. from June to August 2016. While at Cisco, Song focused on failure analysis of software-defined networking. Another Ph.D. student of Dr. Fu, Zongze Li, was employed as an intern at Los Alamos National Lab from May to August 2016. He worked with scientists at LANL to automate the detection of anomalies in supercomputers. Linfei Li is a second year TAMS student in DCSL. She was awarded 2016 TAMS Summer Research Scholarship. The scholarship supported her research on disk SMART data analysis and failure characterization under the supervision of Dr. Fu.
The following papers were recently accepted by international conferences.
S. Huang, S. Fu, S. Pakin and M. Lang, "Characterizing Power and Energy Efficiency of Legion Runtime and Applications: An Early Experience", accepted by IEEE International Green and Sustainable Computing Conference (IGSC), November 2016.
H.-B. Chen and S. Fu, "Parallel Erasure Coding: Exploring Task Parallelism in Erasure Coding for Enhanced Bandwidth", in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Networking, Architecture and Storage (NAS), August 2016.
H.-B. Chen and S. Fu, "Improving Coding Performance and Energy Efficiency of Erasure Coding Process for Storage Systems", in Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Cloud Computing (CLOUD), July 2016.
|Dr. Song Fu advising Linfei Li on disk performance data analysis. Linfei Li is a TAMS student who was awarded a 2016 TAMS Summer Research Scholarship to work in the Dependable Computer Systems Lab.|
The next Net-Centric I/UCRC Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) meeting will be held in Denton, TX on October 19-20, 2016. The meeting will be held at the University of North Texas in the Gateway Center located at 801 North Texas Blvd. in Denton, TX. There will be presentations by faculty and graduate students on the research that is currently supported by NCSS I/UCRC. NSF program managers will be on hand to explain the I/UCRC concept.
Krishna Kavi traveled to Jet Propulsion Laboratory to explore collaborations in June. JPL is very interested in pursuing collaborations and providing internship opportunities to his students. He also traveled to Rome, Italy in August to present a paper titled, "Predicting unknown vulnerabilities using software metrics and maturity models" at the International Conference on Software Engineering Advances. This paper was co-authored by Patrick Kamongi, a Ph.D. student and Kavi. In addition, he moderated a panel titled, "Challenges for Building Applications and Services for Smart Devices" at that conference. While in Rome, he experienced the most recent earthquake. He was awakened at 3:30 am by the violent shaking of his hotel room.
Differentiated Levels of Security for IoT Devices
The Internet of Things (IoT) is quickly becoming widely accepted as a standard for smart device communication. Experts estimate that about 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020.
IoT devices are entering every aspect of society including self-driving cars (or cars with safety and driver assistance technologies), smart homes, and smart cities. The one requiring immediate attention is security. An IoT environment consists of devices communicating over a multitude of network protocols. The trouble with uniform security policies throughout the network is the lack of flexibility and control. However, device security should be rooted on the device itself so that different devices will be protected at different levels (such as multiple levels of authentication, different levels of encryption, firewalls etc.). It is also essential that the security approach should not deter users from relying on specific security features because they require a high level of expertise or are too cumbersome (such as requiring complex passwords). UNT’s proposed IoT Security Hub aims to fill this gap by securing connected homes and businesses from malware and hackers.
UNT has designed a novel solution to address these issues. The IoT security
hub consists of a single physical device that hosts a secure trusted
environment to which the IoT devices connect to communicate with each other
Machine-to-Machine (M2M) or to access the internet. The first level of
defense in the trusted environment is a set of IDS (Intrusion Detection
Systems) and a firewall service running at the point of interaction between
the trusted environment and the Internet. Linux containers, each containing
a pre-configured snapshot of the security policies for each class of
devices, need to be invoked. Once the device has been identified and
grouped, the Software Defined Network (SDN) controller then invokes a
daemon process that runs in the background. This daemon process is tasked
with invoking one of the many device-class specific security function
containers that are either suspended or powered down (so in essence, there
are as many containers as there are classes of devices). Hardware integrity
is ensured by RADIUM (Race-free On-demand Integrity Measurement
Architecture) which provides integrity measurements at regular intervals.
RADIUM, along with Intel SGX ensures complete trustworthiness of the
underlying hardware. The hypervisor then takes control of the platform
thereby providing a trusted environment for applications.
Dr. Hyunsook Do and four Ph.D. students attended the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) in Austin, TX in May 2016. ICSE is the premier conference in software engineering sponsored by ACM and IEEE CS. Left to right in the picture are Kaushik Madala, Maral Azizi, Dr. Hyunsook Do, Dimitriy Nurmuradov and David Adamo.
Also in May 2016, members of SELL and Software Testing Laboratories
attended the TEASER
(TExAs Software Engineering Research)
at the University of Texas at Dallas. This doctoral symposium provided a
supportive space for Ph.D. students to present and receive feedback on
their research work. The following Ph.D. students and faculty attended from
UNT: David Adamo, Maral Azizi, Dr. Barrett Bryant, Dr. Renee Bryce, Dr. Hyunsook Do,
Danielle Gaither, Kaushik Madala, Quentin Mayo, Dimitriy Nurmuradov. In the picture,
Danielle Gaither presents her poster "Requirements Verification Using Formal Semantics."
Congratulations to all of our Department of Computer Science and Engineering graduates in Spring 2016!
Dissertation: Analysis and Optimization of Graphene FET Based Nanoelectronic Integrated Circuits
Major Professor: Saraju Mohanty
Congratulations to these Ph.D. students who successfully defended their dissertations!
Dissertation: New Frameworks for Secure Image Communication in the Internet of Things (IoT)
Major Professor: Dr. Saraju Mohanty
Defense Date: May 11, 2016
Dissertation: Evaluation Techniques and Graph-Based Algorithms for Automatic Summarization & Keyphrase Extraction
Major Professor: Dr. Paul Tarau
Defense Date: June 23, 2016
Dissertation: Data-Driven Decision Making Framework for Large-Scale Dynamical Systems under Uncertainty
Major Professor: Dr. Yan Huang
Defense Date: June 28, 2016
Dissertation: Sensing and Decoding Brain States for Predicting and Enhancing Human Behavior, Health, and Security
Major Professor: Dr. Ram Dantu
Defense Date: June 30, 2016
Dissertation: Infusing Automatic Question Generation with Natural Language Understanding
Major Professor: Dr. Paul Tarau
Defense Date: July 25, 2016
Dissertation: Detection and Classification of Heart Sounds Using a Heart-Mobile Interface
Major Professor: Dr. Ram Dantu
Defense Date: July 27, 2016
Dissertation: Real Time Assessment of a Video Game Player’s State of Mind Using Off-the-Shelf Electroencephalography
Major Professor: Dr. Ian Parberry
Defense Date: July 28, 2016
Dissertation: Influence of Underlaying Random Walk Types in Population Models on Resulting Social Network Types and Epidemiological Dynamics
Major Professor: Dr. Armin R. Mikler
Defense Date: August 18, 2016
Congratulations to these MS students for successfully defending their theses!
Thesis: Effects of UE speed on MIMO mode channel capacity
Major Professor: Dr. Robert Akl
Defense Date: May 2, 2016
Thesis: Simulink® Based Modeling of A Multi Global Navigation Satellite System
Major Professor: Dr. Saraju Mohanty
Defense Date: July 21, 2016
Thesis: Privacy Preserving EEG-based Authentication Using Perceptual Hashing
Major Professor: Dr. Hassan Takabi
Defense Date: August 4, 2016
Jacob J. Hanson is a second year undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science with UNT. This summer he got the opportunity to work alongside other developers at SSG Limited on a generic Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) R&D project. He worked on separating and generalizing code so that SSG could apply the CPQ framework to projects for future clients. In his work, Jacob learned how to use both the Spring and Angular 2 frameworks along with Git, Confluence, Jira and Slack.
Spending the summer with SSG from June to August 2016 gave him valuable career experience in the software development field with lots of hands-on work. Jacob said he had a lot of fun programming and building relationships at SSG. He is grateful to have been given the chance to work alongside the talented people who helped him learn the new skills to further his career.
SSG is a software consulting services company with over 19 years of
experience in Oracle BRM. SSG specializes in three critical business areas:
Billing and Revenue Management (Oracle BRM), Big Data Solutions and Custom
Application Development. SSG is a Gold level member of Oracle Partner
Network (OPN), Qlik Partner, and Hortonworks Partner.
By Jonathan Roosa
My name is Jonathan Roosa, and I am currently starting my third year at UNT in the CSE Department, studying Computer Science. Over this past Summer, I represented UNT at NASA, where I interned with the International Space Station (ISS) Vehicle Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. While there, I finished the development of an in-house web application called the Integrated Tracking System (ITS). This web application tracks commitments for the organization that require funding or manpower support that impact the maintenance, payload facility, or general utilization of the ISS. Basically, ITS is used to keep track of any existing and proposed projects with related financial data, and a critical tool for the ISS Vehicle Office management team for making budgetary decisions. A user of the application can search and filter through projects on a multitude of queries, and can then export the data into an Excel format for further usage by the ISS Vehicle Office.
I spent the initial weeks at NASA becoming familiar with the code and discovered multiple minor issues. I resolved these issues by extensively refactoring the application code, such as the add/edit item system and condensing duplicate views. I then worked on enhancing the application and adding new features based on user input. My major accomplishments and improvements included:
Adding user roles and login functionality by integrating with NASA’s Launchpad Authentication System
Adding item history tracking that keeps track of any and all changes to an item in ITS
Adding workflow / budget process integration functionality that helps automate the process for getting an item from proposal to project
Adding custom reports that allow for preset filters and queries
Adding user settings and extensive administrative functionality
Fixing multiple software issues that appeared during development and testing
Performing a final beta test of the web application
Deploying the web application with the cooperation of the IT team.
My time at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and working with the ISS
Vehicle Office has definitely proven to be a pivotal life experience.
Through the opportunity to work alongside NASA employees, I gained an
understanding of the professional environment and contributing as a team
member. In addition, I learned a multitude of skills and gained invaluable
experience with multiple programming languages and concepts, such as SQL
and AngularJS, as well as the workings of the ASP.Net Web API and how to
develop a web application that interacts with a browser. This internship
was also my first major experience developing an application for multiple
end users, as well as my first experience working with pre-existing code on
a large project. And most importantly, I lived out a lifelong dream of
working on something that benefits space exploration, establishing the
foundations for a future career with NASA and advancing the human
exploration of space.
Quentin Mayo attended the 11th anniversary of the
STARS Celebration in
Atlanta, GA in August 2016. The event celebrated diversity in computing and
provided opportunities for learning, collaborating and networking with
academic and industry partners. Quentin also gave a presentation on using
Bug Catcher, which is a tool to help motivate students in finding source
|(L-R): Quentin Mayo, Jenny Mumah, Natalie Parde, Sreedevi Koppula
and Maral Azizi at the|
Book Club final meeting in Spring 2016.
UNT’s Women in Computing organization offers social, academic and
career support for female students pursuing undergraduate or graduate
degrees in computer science, computer engineering, information technology
and related degree programs. It does so with the greater goal of
increasing the participation of women in computing professions, both in
industry and academia. To get connected and receive updates about fall
events, search for Women in Computing on OrgSync or go to the
|SWE members with Dr. Nandika D’Souza (second from the left) at the end of year banquet in Spring 2016.|
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
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, professional pursuits and leadership. We offer opportunities for professional development through workshops and social networking. If you are looking to give back to your community, and help increase the number of students entering the STEM fields, this is the organization for you.
SHPE’s vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians and engineers. SHPE is not just for Hispanics or engineers, although most of our members fall into one of those categories, we are about improving our education, giving back to our community and providing students with skills necessary to landing internships and great jobs. SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through S.T.E.M. awareness, access, support and development.
|Juan Meza, Computer Engineering graduate in 2012, recruited for PepsiCo at the Fall 2015 UNT Career Fair.|
College of Engineering students are invited to attend the Engineering and
Computer Science Career and Internship Fair hosted by the UNT Career Center
on Thursday, September 29, from 11 am to 3 pm in the Discovery Park Commons. This
is a great opportunity for upper class students to find a job and the rest of the
students to learn about employer recruiting activities and the interview process.
For more information about this Career Fair and other opportunities for students,
please see the Engineering Fair information at the
Career Center website.
|CSE Student Jiaxuan Pang participated in SURE in November 2015.|
College of Engineering undergraduate students are invited to present their research at the Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) on Friday, November 4, 2016. The Showcase for Undergraduate Research in Engineering will provide 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.
The event will consist of a poster presentation for one hour that will be
followed by lunch with the College of Engineering Advisory Board. Awards
will be presented at the lunch. Students should be prepared to design a
poster displaying the research project, present information about the
research in a professional manner and stay for the duration of the event.
For more information about SURE, contact Kathryn Beasley, Graduate Recruiter
for the College of Engineering.