CSE one of 15 CS Departments in U.S. selected for BRAID

CSE BRAID faculty: (L-R): Phil Sweany, David Keathly, Renee Bryce, Barrett Bryant, Armin Mikler

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering has been selected to be one of fifteen Computer Science departments in the U.S. to participate in the Building Recruiting And Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) initiative to increase the percentage of undergraduate majors that are female and students of color. This initiative is being launched by The Anita Borg Institute, a non-profit organization focused on advancing women in computing, and Harvey Mudd College.

The BRAID initiative was announced on September 24 by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her address at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), as part of the Girl’s CHARGE, a CGI commitment toward programs for girls and women. BRAID is supported by three-year funding commitments from Facebook, Google, Intel and Microsoft, which provides $30,000/year to each of the participating departments. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd and Telle Whitney, president and CEO of ABI, will lead the BRAID initiative.

For more information, see this press release.

Distinguished Speaker Seminar on September 19

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will host several Distinguished Speakers in 2014-2015. On Friday, September 19, our first Distinguished Speaker will be James Caverlee, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on web-scale information management, distributed data-intensive systems, and social computing. Dr. Caverlee’s presentation will be on "Geo-Social Footprints in Social Media: Opportunities and Challenges" at 11:30 am in NTDP F223, the main conference room of the CSE Department. For more information, please see this announcement. Everyone is invited to attend!

Welcome Picnic on September 15

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering invites all CSE Students to attend a Welcome picnic on Monday, September 15 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the covered pavilion at the back of Discovery Park by the entrance to Materials Science and Engineering. Food will be catered by El Guapo. Drinks and place settings will be provided. We hope you will join us for food and fun!

Research Experience for Undergraduates

We are seeking five students to join our “Research Experience for Undergraduates” cohort starting the week of 9/15/14. No research experience is required to apply. Students should be sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Students will work on a Software Testing or Computer Science Education project that is commensurate with their background.

Students will work during the academic year and we will provide:

  • $16/hour with the expectation that students work a minimum of 10 hours/week (but they may work more and earn up to $2,500/semester),
  • Weekly breakfast or lunch for the REU cohort (to be scheduled based on the schedules of the students that we hire),
  • Students will be asked to spend the majority of their weekly hours working together so that it is a fun and collaborative experience.

Please apply here.

We anticipate that students will start working the week of 9/15/14.

Please contact Renee.Bryce AT unt.edu with any questions.

CSE Students invited to join ACM and ACM-W

The ACM and ACM-W invite all CSE Students to their first meeting on Wednesday, September 3, at 2 pm in Room F223 in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Scott McKeefer is the President of ACM and Kathryn Malone-Miller is the President of ACM-W. Come and check out all the activities and events for this semester! Additionally, there will be free food! So if you’re female or male, interested in computers, or want to learn about great opportunities, you should attend! Hope to see you there!

Welcome from Dr. Barrett Bryant

Welcome to the UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering for the Fall 2014 semester! Please join me in welcoming our new faculty members, Drs. Eduardo Blanco, Patrick Burke, and Mark Thompson. Dr. Robin Pottathuparambil will join us in Spring 2015. You may find out more about them on our website.

We are pleased to announce that with the ABET accreditation of our B. A. in Information Technology in August 2014, all of our undergraduate degree programs are now recognized by ABET. ABET accreditation brings extra value to your degree and certifies that our programs have "met certain standards necessary to produce graduates who are ready to enter their professions." Find out why ABET accreditation is important here.

Our major development for 2014-2015 is Grad Track for undergraduate students in Computer Science and Computer Engineering programs. 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. More details may be found here.

We invite you to visit the the Student Research Collaboration Laboratory in F221 to meet your student colleagues for an espresso or meal and work out collaborative research ideas on our whiteboard wall. Please check this website and the student email newsletters that we'll be sending out during the semester for information on our planned activities this semester. Good luck with all of your classes!

Dr. Pat Burke is new Visiting Lecturer

Dr. Pat Burke joins the CSE Faculty as a Visiting Lecturer. He received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of North Texas in 2014. Dr. Burke completed his M.S. in Computer Science at the University of North Texas in 1988, and earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the United States Air Force Academy in 1977.

His main research interest is software engineering with an emphasis on finding better development tools and processes to avoid errors in the final software products. Retargetable compilers provide some potential in this area and formed the basis for his disseratation research. Dr. Burke completed most of his PhD studies concurrent with his employment with Raytheon in North Texas. He retired after nearly 30 years in the Software Engineering industry in order to complete his dissertation.

His goal is to put all that experience to good use by helping his students avoid some of the same pitfalls in their careers.

Congratulations to the Fall 2014 UNT STARS!


Quentin Mayo (far right), the UNT STARS Evaluation Assistant, at the STARS Celebration in Washington, D.C. in August 2014.

The Fall 2014 UNT Stars are Quentin Mayo, Ryan Michaels, Mayaria Johnson, Lisa Reynolds, Noel Behailu, Danielle Gaither, Jason Powell, Michael Perdue, Oscar Vallner, and Kathryn Malone-Miller. STARS Computing Corps is a community of practice for student-led regional engagement as a means to broaden participation in computing.

The Corps is a model for catalyzing regional partnerships through tiered participation of students, professionals, and educators in mentoring, civic engagement, and experiential learning. The UNT STARS group has run Software Testing Competitions with Girl Scouts, created an interactive map of Discovery Park, run a book club, and more.

Steve Wozniak to speak at UNT Aug. 18

Steve Wozniak, inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, will speak Aug. 18 (Monday) as part of the University of North Texas Distinguished Lecture Series.

Wozniak will speak at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 in the UNT Coliseum, located at 600 Ave. D, at the southeast corner of North Texas Boulevard and Highland Street. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1 (Friday), and can be purchased online.

Read the complete article here.

Congratulations to Summer 2014 Graduates from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering

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