Congressman Michael Burgess hosts Cyber-Security Roundtable with CSE Faculty and Students


Congressman Burgess with Dr. Ram Dantu (above) and Dr. Hassan Takabi (below) and their PhD Students.

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., hosted a Cyber-Security Roundtable on August 19, 2015 at Discovery Park. After UNT President Dr. Neal Smatresk welcomed everyone, Congressman Burgess gave his opening remarks. Dr. Dantu, CSE Professor and Director of the UNT Center for Information and Computer Security, participated on a Cyber-Security Panel with David Wagner, President of Entrust Datacard; Stephen Bohanon, Founder, Chief Strategy and Sales Officer for Alkami Technology, Inc. The panel was moderated by Larry Parker, Owner of the Denton Depot. James Elliott, Assistant Regional Director of the Southwest Region of the Federal Trade Commission also made remarks before a question and answer session with the audience.

CSE Professor Dr. Krishna Kavi, standing on the right, questions the panel of security experts in this article about the Cyber-Security Roundtable.

BA in IT graduate Kyle Taylor runs Bootstrap Denton

Kyle Taylor, a 2012 graduate of our Information Technology program, is organizing Bootstrap Denton for the second year. Kyle wrote this article which appeared on the front page of the business section of the Denton Record-Chronicle on August 16, 2015. Bootstrap Denton is hosting their 2nd Annual Mixer on Tuesday, August 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Harvest House, 331 East Hickory Street, in Denton. Register for this event and check out Bootstrap Denton here.

Kyle is a co-founder of a local non-profit called TechMill, which focuses on providing resources and supporting students, startups, and entrepreneurs through educational events in the Denton community. Good luck to Kyle and Bootstrap Denton!

The Women in Computing Club

The Women in Computing Club and State Farm IT are working together this year to run the popular Women in Computing Book Club. The purpose of the Women in Computing Book Club is to provide a casual environment for female Computing students to meet one another on a recurring basis and to engage in supportive discussions which are relevant both academically and professionally. The group includes students at all stages (freshman through PhD), faculty advisors, and mentors from State Farm IT. The group will discuss Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” which focuses on developing leadership skills and taking on leadership roles within our field. Please contact Katie Malone-Miller at kathrynmalone-miller@my.unt.edu if you are interested in participating.

Dr. Renee Bryce receives NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award


Left to right: Barrett Bryant, Renee Bryce, Mayim Bialik

CSE Associate Professor Dr. Renee Bryce received the Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) in May 2015. This award is presented to faculty members who conduct research with undergraduate students which embody the objectives of NCWIT: individual or team research experiences, including undergraduate women, leading to student accomplishment and professional success.

Shijun Tang receives 2015 Toulouse Dissertation Award

CSE PhD graduate Shijun Tang has received the Toulouse Dissertation Award in Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering category. Dr. Tang presented his dissertation "Investigation on Segmentation, Recognition and 3D Reconstruction of Objects Based on LiDAR Data or MRI" in Fall 2014 and received his PhD at the Spring 2015 UNT Commencement. Dr. Bill Buckles was his Major Professor.

The Toulouse Dissertation Award is presented annually in four categories of competition and recognizes individuals who have completed dissertations representing original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to a discipline. Read more about the Toulouse Dissertation Award here. Congratulations to Dr. Tang!

CSE Student and Alumni Newsletters

The CSE Department newsletters have been sent. The CSE Student newsletter from April is online HERE and the CSE Alumni Newsletter from July is online HERE.

Guest Speaker Dr. Ray Mooney on June 26

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering welcomes Dr. Ray Mooney, Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Texas at Austin, on as our Guest Speaker on Friday, June 26, 2015. His presentation will be on Learning Probabilistic Scripts for Text Understanding. Dr. Mooney received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He is the author of over 150 published research papers, primarily in the areas of machine learning and natural language processing. His presentation will be held at 11:30 am in NTDP F223. Everyone is invited to attend!

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


Congratulations go to the Computer Science and Engineering Spring Graduates. A full list of our graduates can be seen here.

UNT Computer Science degrees ranked a top return on investment by PayScale.com

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 PayScale.com. 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 PayScale.com’s report.

CSE Chair Barrett Bryant said, "It is excellent news that our computer science program has been nationally recognized for its value by PayScale.com. 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.

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