September 2016 Edition
Department of Computer Science and Engineering News

Student News

College of Engineering News

Greetings from the CSE Chair
Dr. Barrett Bryant, Chairman

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!

Barrett Bryant
Professor and Chair

Department of Computer Science and
Engineering News

Welcome new CSE faculty

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomes the following new faculty members in Fall 2016!

Fahmida Hamid
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


Wei Jin
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


Stephanie Ludi
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


Pradhumna Shrestha
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


Hui Zhao
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 is CIO/CTO Award Finalist

Dr. Ram Dantu has been nominated as a finalist by DCEO, 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 nomination!  

Prof. Saraju Mohanty receives Toulouse Scholars Award

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!  

CeCERA nominated for Tech Titan 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 awarded new patent

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).  

Distinguished Speaker at CSE in Fall 2016

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.  

Social Media being used to promote BAIT

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:

FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/UNTBAIT/
Twitter@UNTBAIT42 tag #TAKETHEBAIT
Linked In UNT CSE BAIT Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8526445
Instagram untbait  

CSE hosts Robocamp in Summer 2016

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.  

CSE NACLO student in International Linguistics Olympiad

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.  

Grad Track offered for CSE Undergraduate Students

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.  

Top 10 Reasons for CSE Majors to Join Teach North Texas

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!  

CSRL hosts Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

(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.  

News from Dependable Computing Systems Lab

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

Dr. Song Fu, Director of the DCS Lab was recently awarded 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.

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.
 

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

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.  

Software Engineering Lab (SELL) News

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."  


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Student News

Congratulations to CSE graduates

Congratulations to all of our Department of Computer Science and Engineering graduates in Spring 2016!

Ph.D. Graduates in Spring 2016

Shital Joshi

Dissertation: Analysis and Optimization of Graphene FET Based Nanoelectronic Integrated Circuits

Major Professor: Saraju Mohanty

 

CSE Students defend Dissertations and Theses

Congratulations to these Ph.D. students who successfully defended their dissertations!

Umar Albalawi

Dissertation: New Frameworks for Secure Image Communication in the Internet of Things (IoT)

Major Professor: Dr. Saraju Mohanty

Defense Date: May 11, 2016



Fahmida Hamid

Dissertation: Evaluation Techniques and Graph-Based Algorithms for Automatic Summarization & Keyphrase Extraction

Major Professor: Dr. Paul Tarau

Defense Date: June 23, 2016



Junfei Xie

Dissertation: Data-Driven Decision Making Framework for Large-Scale Dynamical Systems under Uncertainty

Major Professor: Dr. Yan Huang
Co-Major Professor: Dr. Yan Wan

Defense Date: June 28, 2016



Garima Bajwa

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



Karen Mazidi

Dissertation: Infusing Automatic Question Generation with Natural Language Understanding

Major Professor: Dr. Paul Tarau

Defense Date: July 25, 2016



Shanti Thiyagaraja

Dissertation: Detection and Classification of Heart Sounds Using a Heart-Mobile Interface

Major Professor: Dr. Ram Dantu

Defense Date: July 27, 2016



Fred McMahan

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



Oleg Kolgushev

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!

Rahul Shukla

Thesis: Effects of UE speed on MIMO mode channel capacity

Major Professor: Dr. Robert Akl

Defense Date: May 2, 2016



Nagaraju Mukka

Thesis: Simulink® Based Modeling of A Multi Global Navigation Satellite System

Major Professor: Dr. Saraju Mohanty

Defense Date: July 21, 2016



Samir Koppikar

Thesis: Privacy Preserving EEG-based Authentication Using Perceptual Hashing

Major Professor: Dr. Hassan Takabi

Defense Date: August 4, 2016

 

CSE Student completes internship at SSG Limited

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.  

Internship at NASA is lifelong dream for this CSE Student

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.

Since August 2012, the ISS Vehicle Office has used a Microsoft SharePoint version of ITS, which lacks the functionality and speed that the users require. In the Summer of 2015, the ISS Vehicle Office hired an intern to plan and design a new in-house ITS web application that functioned similarly to the SharePoint version, but with automation, speed improvements, a better layout, and more. This new ITS application consists of three parts: A SQL Database, an ASP.Net Web API backend programmed in C#, and a frontend in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and the AngularJS framework. I am the third intern to work on this application, and my job was to complete final features for the application then deploy it for usage.

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:

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.  

CSE Student attends STARS Celebration

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 code bugs.  

Join the Women in Computing Club

(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 chapter website.  

CSE Students invited to join UNT SWE

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 SWE website.  

UNT SHPE invites CSE Students to join

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.

For more information, see the SHPE website and the SHPE UNT Facebook page.  

College of Engineering News

College of Engineering Events       College of Engineering News

Career Fair at Discovery Park on September 29

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.  

Showcase of Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) on November 4

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.  

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 September 2016