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CSE Students present at Design Day on April 25

Undergraduate students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering will present their senior design projects at the UNT College of Engineering’s Design Day on Friday, April 25. All CENG students will participate in poster presentations in the hallways of Discovery Park from 9 to 11 am. Computer Engineering students will begin their group presentations at 11:30 am in D215. Information Technology students will present their project at 11:30 in D208A. More information about the presentations is available in the CSE Student Newsletter. Everyone is invited to attend!

ACM-W Software Testing Competition

The UNT chapter of ACM-W will conduct a software testing competition on Wednesday, April 23, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in room F222 at Discovery Park. Lunch will be provided, and the top performers will receive Amazon gift cards as prizes. No programming experience is required (in other words, 1030/1040 students are welcome!), and people may enter individually or in teams of up to 3. The entry fee is $5/individual and $10/team. Deadline to register is 5pm on Tuesday, April 22, and space is limited. Please register online here.

PepsiCo offers 2014 Undergraduate Scholarship

PepsiCo is offering a scholarship for Spring 2014 to Juniors and Seniors who are majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Information Technology with a cumulative 3.25 GPA.

Eligible students must apply for the scholarship here before Monday, April 14th, 2014

UNT Computer Science Degree ranked 7th nationally in return on investment

ITWorld has named the Computer Science degree at the University of North Texas as the 7th best return on investment in this article "For the best ROI, get your computer science degree at a state school" and in this slideshow "Show me the ROI: The 10 computer science programs with the biggest payoff." ITWorld used data from PayScale’s "2014 PayScale College ROI Report" to calculate the return on investment for computer science.

Natalie Parde wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to first-year CSE graduate student Natalie Parde on winning an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Natalie is the first student to win this award in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is the nation’s flagship program directly supporting graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is $32,000 per year for up to three years, as well as $12,000 for each of those years for tuition at UNT. Natalie’s research "Building a Better Agent: The Next Generation of Teachable-Agent Technology" is under the guidance of Dr. Rodney Nielsen, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Dr. Krishna Kavi suggests Alternative to the Black Box in Airplanes

Following the recent crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 370, NBC Channel 5 interviewed Dr. Krishna Kavi, Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Director of Net-Centric Software & Systems Center, about his “glass box” technology. The NBC news article also included this video. Dr. Kavi was first quoted by the New York Times in this article from 2009 after Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. In August 2010, Dr. Kavi wrote "Beyond the Black Box" in IEEE Spectrum. Since the recent crash, Dr. Kavi has been quoted in articles in Al jazeera America,, Discovery News, and again in The New York Times on March 20.

CSE Cyber Defense team places third in Southwest Regional CCDC

Congratulations to the CSE Cyber Defense Team on their third place finish in the Southwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), on March 8 and 9 in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Mahadevan Gomathisankaran is the faculty mentor for the team. For more information see this Trusted Secure Systems Lab page. The team was featured in this news video about the competition.

CSE Students participate in UNT Graduate Exhibition

Karen Mazidi
Congratulations to all the CSE Graduate Students who participated in the UNT Toulouse Graduate School Graduate Exhibition. This event celebrates research and places special emphasis on communicating research and creative endeavor to a general audience. The CSE Department had the following winners in the Computer Science and Information Technology category:

1st - Karen Mazidi
2nd - Mohamed Fazeen Mohamed Issadeen
3rd - Sultanah Mohammed Alshammari

To see all of our CSE Graduate Students at this event, please go to this Media Gallery page.

Distinguished Speaker Seminar on March 7

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will host our Distinguished Speaker Dr. Hongyang Chao on Friday, March 7, at 11:30 am in the department conference room F223. Dr. Chao will present Research on Key Technologies for Scalable Video Coding and Massive Video Data Analysis.

Dr. Chao is a Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Software at Sun Yet-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. She received her Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics from Sun Yat-Sen University in 1987. From 1996 to 2003, she worked at Infinop Holdings, Inc. (later acquired by Vianet/ESPRE) in Denton, where she was also a co-founding researcher. During the same period, she was a visiting professor at our UNT Department of Computer Science.

UNT Computer Science and Engineering Camps in Summer 2014

The UNT Department of Computer Science and Engineering Department is hosting summer programs to introduce young men and women entering the 8th thru 12th grades to Robotics, Game Development, Mobile Apps and Computer Science and Engineering. Registration opens April 15! For more information, see this flyer or

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