Congratulations to our Spring 2015 Graduates from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering

(The following students were expected to meet degree requirements and recognized in the commencement guide.)

Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Engineering

Bayaner Arigong
Dissertation: Space and Spectrum Engineered High Frequency Components and Circuits
Major Professors: Hualiang Zhang, Song Fu and Hyoung Soo Kim

Ian Robert Brooks
Dissertation: SEM Predicting Success of Student Global Software Development Teams
Major Professor: Kathleen Swigger

Guangchun Cheng
Dissertation: Video Analytics with Spatio-Temporal Characteristics of Activities
Major Professor: Bill Buckles

Wasana Santiteerakul
Dissertation: Trajectory Analytics
Major Professor: Bill Buckles

Shijung Tang
Dissertation: Investigation on Segmentation, Recognition and 3D Reconstruction of Objects Based on LiDAR Data or MRI
Major Professor: Bill Buckles

Joshua Ray Taylor
Dissertation: The Procedural Generation of Interesting Sokoban Levels
Major Profession: Ian Parberry

Master of Science in Computer Science

Swetha Reddy Allam
Amra Anada
Yuvakishore Chandra
Abhilash Reddy Chinthalapudi
Shashi Vardhan Reddy Dayam
Anish Reddy Devireddy
Sruthi Gaddam
Mahzabeen Islam

Siamak Janmohammadi
Thesis: Classifying Pairwise Object Interactions: A Trajectory Analytics Approach

Siddhartha Katragadda
Md Abir Khan
Santhosh Kumar Kotagiri
Yuan Li
Deepthi Sree Lingam
Siddanth Bharadwaj Mandava Venkata
Priya Manikandan
Manasa Valli Mantripragada
Vamshi Nizampatnam
Frank Paiva
Sudha Kiran Palakurthy
Marko Ščrbak
Amey Kashinath Sonawane
Sebastian Antonius Spaink
Radhika Srikakolapu
Thandav Krishna Sriramaneni
Kartik Sunku
SaiTharun Thodupunuru
Akaash Vankamamidi

Ramu Reddy Venumuddala
Thesis: Distributed Frameworks towards Building an Open Data Architecture

Manish Raja Vodela
Jinzhu Xue
Ravi Teja Yerram
Brandon Zaks

Master of Science in Computer Engineering

Avinash Bodepudi
Sachin Srinivas Chepuri
Nisanth Kommineni
Ajith Loka
Veda Vyas Chowdary Mettem
Sree Deep Polemreddy
Akhil Polineni
Swetha Potluri

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Daniel Asch Robles
Jackson Tyler Brown
Jason A. Byrd
Cassandra Lillian Chin
Benjamin George Garside
Carrie Rachel Griffin
Alex haggblade
Adam Wesley Hair
Faris S.M. Hawamdeh
Robert David Jack
Mayaria Lynette Johnson
Sherin Koshy Mathew
Chelsey J. Morgan
Bikash Munikar
Matthew J. Neuber
Frank S. Patel
Jonathan Michael Reyes
Caleb Wesley Rogers
Stephen James Sanders
Nimesh Shrestha
Jake Singer
Stephen Michael Smetana
Casey Matthew Stauffer
Jesse Scott Stauffer
Kiem Ngoc To
Jonathan Tran
Arvind Kumar Vidiyala
Jacob Miles Webb
Keith Munasinghe Wickramasekara
Logan James Widick

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

Mitchell Blake Altimus
Pavan Aripakula
Peter Awori
Blake Hunter Beavers
John D. Borsch
Gabrielle Cho
Julius Poblete Corsiga
Evan Langdon Fritts
Jeremy Scott Gonzales
Heath Ryan Guthrie
Christopher Jermaine Harris
Adam Michael Haselden
Kevin James
Richard Andrew Koehler
Ruby Lo
Landry Nda
Evan Joseph Rodrigues
Kayla Meshea Rose
Jordan D. Salinas
Tyler Watson

Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology

Joseph J.G. Adams, Jr.
Ahmed Nasser Alotaibi
Saeed Abdulrahman Saeed Babaker
Sean Patrick Bell
Payton Taylor Climer
Larry R. Ellis, Jr.
David A. Figge
David I. Inguanzo
Fiston M. Lenge
Christian Dwayne Lopez-Hunt
William Boyd Nelson
Spencer Edwin Newell
Taylor Kent Spencer
Nathan R. Thurmond
Katerina Tigunov
Andrew J. Turner

UNT Computer Science degrees ranked a top return on investment by

Computer Science degrees from the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering ranked fourth in the country for the best annual return on investment value by According to their website, UNT computer science degrees have a 13.5 percent annual return on investment. Computer science majors have the best 20-year return on investment out of all the degrees ranked by the website because of the high earning potential a computer science degree warrants in today’s technology-driven world, according to’s report.

CSE Chair Barrett Bryant said, "It is excellent news that our computer science program has been nationally recognized for its value by We are very proud of our many alumni who have contributed to this recognition through their success."

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering was founded in 1971. Its undergraduate programs are accredited by ABET. Faculty in the CSE Department have been recognized by the National Science Foundation, the Association of Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. For more information, see this UNT press release.

Outstanding CSE Students

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering congratulates these outstanding CSE students:

Outstanding Doctoral Student in Computer Science and Engineering – Patrick Kamongi
Outstanding Master’s Student in Computer Engineering – Ajith Loka
Outstanding Master’s Student in Computer Science – Deepankar Mohapatra
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Engineering – Kevin James
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Computer Science – Logan Widick
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Information Technology – Garren Wilson
Outstanding Computer Science and Engineering Sophomore Student Award – Kathryn Malone-Miller
Outstanding Computer Science and Engineering Freshman Student Award – Tanner Van De Walle
Outstanding Teaching Fellow – David Adamo, Jr.
Outstanding Teaching Assistant – Longbo Kong

These students were recognized at the UNT Honors Day on April 10 and at our CSE Department lunch on May 1. For pictures of our department event, please visit this media gallery page.

CSE Students present projects at Design Day on April 24

Undergraduate students in capstone classes from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering will present their projects at the UNT College of Engineering’s Design Day on Friday, April 24, 2015. The Design Day program will begin with poster presentations on the 1st and 2nd level hallways in Discovery Park from 9 to 11 am. Following the poster presentations, each department will have project presentations. Computer Engineering and Information Technology capstone class projects will be presented by teams of students beginning at 11:30 am in D215. Everyone is invited to attend!

Distinguished Speaker Seminar on April 17

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomes Dr. Ellen Riloff, Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computing at the University of Utah as our final guest speaker for Spring 2015 on Friday, April 17, 2015. Her presentation will be "Bootstrapped Learning of Affective Indicators in Social Media Text." Her primary research areas are information extraction, semantics, sentiment analysis, and coreference resolution. A major emphasis of her research has been automatically acquiring the knowledge needed for natural language processing using bootstrapping methods that learn from unannotated texts. The seminar will be held at 11:30 am in NTDP F223. Everyone is invited to attend!

UNT Center for Information and Computer Security will host a Hot Topics in Network Security Workshop

On Friday, March 27, the UNT Center for Information and Computer Security will host a Workshop on Hot Topics in Networking and Security (HoNeST) from 9 am to 5 pm at the Ericsson, Inc. campus in the Austin Conference Room, 6300 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX. More than 250 people have already registered for this event. To find out more about this workshop, please this website.

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering is home to the Center for Information and Computer Security which has been designated a National Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Ram Dantu, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, directs the interdisciplinary Center at UNT. For more information about UNT’s cybersecurity program, see this UNT press release.

CSE Graduate Students participate in 3rd Annual Graduate Exhibition

Congratulations to our CSE Graduate Students in the 3rd Annual Graduate Exhibition hosted by the UNT Toulouse Graduate School on March 7, 2015! Wes Solomon received first place for "Predicting Changes in Systolic Blood Pressure Using Longitudinal Patient Records" in the Computer Science and Information Technology Category. Eric Bengfort received second place for "True Security for Private Cloud Data" and Shanti Thiyagaraja (in picture to the right) received third place for "Smart Phone Monitoring of Second Heart Sound Split" in the Engineering Category. We are proud of all of our CSE students who participated!

Distinguished Speaker Seminar on March 6

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomes Elisa Bertino, Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at Purdue University, as our next Distinguished Speaker on Friday, March 6. Her presentation will be on Big Data Security and Privacy. She is the Research Director of The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security CERIAS at Purdue University. Her main research interests cover many areas in the fields of information security and database systems. Her research combines both theoretical and practical aspects, addressing as well applications in a number of domains, such as medicine and humanities. The seminar will be held at 11:30 am in NTDP F223. Everyone is invited to attend!

Distinguished Speaker Seminar on February 20

On February 20, Steven K. Reinhardt, Senior Fellow at AMD Research, will be our second Distinguished Speaker. His presentation will be on Heterogeneous Systems: Today and Tomorrow. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been at AMD since 2008, directing research in the areas of high-speed networking, memory hierarchy designs, and on-chip interconnects. Previously, Steve was an associate professor in the EECS department at the University of Michigan, where he was a full-time faculty member from 1997 to 2006. At Michigan, he led research in memory-system architecture, networking, reliability, processor microarchitecture, multithreading, and system simulation.

The seminar will be held at 11:30 am in NTDP F223, the main CSE conference room. Everyone is invited to attend! If you would like to meet Dr. Reinhardt, contact Dr. Krishna Kavi.

CERL Student featured on NBC DFW

TAMS Student Aditya Vaidya is working with CSE faculty member Dr. Armin R. Mikler, Director of the UNT Computational Epidemiology Research Lab (CERL), on a computer model that could help epidemiologists better manage mosquito-borne illness outbreaks. Aditya presented his research at the ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Health Informatics in Fall 2014 and is now featured in this NBC DFW news story. He is also preparing to play his first concert at Carnegie Hall!

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