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Angela Huang Selected to Participate in International Mentoring Workshop

Huang1-BArticle written by Dr. Deborah Knox

“Have you considered advanced work in programming languages?” began the email Angela Huang, Class of 2017, received in September.  Our faculty are always on the lookout for opportunities for TCNJ Computer Science students, and this particular email encouraged and guided Angela to prepare an application to attend the 6th ACM SIGPLAN (Special Interest Group on Programming Languages) Mentoring Workshop.  After writing her essay on what she hoped to gain from the workshop and working through some editing suggestions from Dr. Knox to strengthen her impact statement, Angela submitted her application in mid-October.

She received an invitation to attend the workshop and professional conference with a full scholarship, including registration fees, travel, and accommodations.   The Programming Languages Mentoring Workshop (PLMW) will be held in Paris, France, immediately before the Principals of Programming Languages Conference (POPL) during January 2017.   PLMW encourages senior undergraduate students to explore careers in programming language research.   The workshop will provide Angela mentoring for a research career in order to help her imagine how she might contribute to the research community.   Last year, the Workshop included sessions focused on topics such as how to succeed as a graduate student, how to write research papers, and how to decide on a research career in academia or industry.

In addition, during PLMW, Angela will listen to presentations given by world leaders in programming language research and engage in professional discussions.  PLMW is sponsored by NSF, ACM SIGPLAN, Amazon, Facebook, Jane Street Capital, Microsoft, and Google.  During the technical POPL conference, Angela will gain new insights as both theoretical and experimental papers will be discussed, with topics ranging from formal frameworks to experience reports.

Angela looks forward to the workshop: “I believe that when trying to get a sense of a particular research area, nothing can replace the impact that face-to-face interaction with real researchers in the field can have. Getting my questions answered by some of the field’s experts, receiving advice from current graduate students, and meeting with students at similar stages in their research careers are all valuable interactions that this workshop openly offers.”

Congratulations, Angela, for being selected to participate in this international opportunity!   

We look forward to hearing about your experiences at the workshop and conference.


CLOSED: Spring 2017 Registration Wait-list

Attention students:  The Spring 2017 wait-list is now closed.  We will be working through the list of students who have already signed up on the wait list and have begun signing students into seats where possible. Once we have finished, we will release any available seats.

If you have signed up for the wait list, please continue to check your email this week in case we need to contact your regarding your submission.

The registration period for Spring 2017 courses is November 1 – 11, 2016.  Some seats have been reserved for CS majors in all CSC courses. Please review the registration newsletter for additional information on options courses offered in Spring 2017.

After your registration window opens, if the class you need is closed, put yourself on the wait-list using the Qualtrics form below.

Link to the Spring 2017 registration wait-list:

Be sure read all directions and to enter all the information requested.

We will not be signing students into courses until Monday, November 14, after the registration window closes. Please do not email the department for updates before this time.   We will enroll students into any unfilled seats in order, based on their registration times and time they registered on the wait list.

Please be sure that your intended course does not conflict with a course in your current schedule, and that you are willing to drop conflicting courses to make the change.  If you have a full course load or time conflict and do not indicate courses to drop on your wait-list submission, your submission will be disregarded.

As always, please have a back-up plan in case you are not able to get into your preferred courses.

CS Majors & CS Minor Win Prizes at HackRU

CS seniors Kevin Bohinski, Matthew Rasa, and David Vassallo, along with CS minor Patrick Monaghan, won two awards at the hackathon held at Rutgers University on October 22 and 23.

Their team, which competed against 47 other teams, won “Best Health Hack sponsored by Merck” and “Best Kiosk Hack sponsored by the New Brunswick Office of Innovation”. Together, they created an Amazon Alexa Skill named “Medecho” using Amazon’s Alexa platform, a voice only intelligent personal assistant. This skill connected to the FDA’s open source data API and the Twilio API to create an all voice medical assistant.

New Brunswick’s Office of Innovation has asked the team to iterate upon the project and to work with Robert Wood Johnson to implement the functionality in information kiosks across the city.

Each student received an Amazon Echo and a monetary prize of $256.


Congratulations to Kevin, Matthew, David, and Patrick!


More information on the team’s Medecho project can be found here:

Photos from HackRU can be found on the Major League Hacking facebook page.

CS Senior Designs Application for NJ ShopRite Stores


CS major Domenic Polidoro has remodeled an application that helps managers at ShopRite stores better resolve override issues at checkout.   If you’ve ever been stuck in a checkout lane while the cashier calls for a manager to resolve an issue, you’ve experienced the process that Polidoro’s application is meant to streamline.

Polidoro (Class of 2017) has been employed at Wakefern Food Corporation, the company that manages ShopRite stores, for the past 10 months.  In January, Domenic learned of the existing manager override system’s functionalities and began remodeling it.  This system utilized graphical user interfaces (GUIs) on each checkout lane’s register, an application on the Android mobile platform, and a central server that all clients connected to.

The project had originally been outsourced to a third party company but Wakefern decided to pursue an in-house remodel of the program this year.  This gave Polidoro and the design team more opportunities to take the users’ input (front-end managers) and design a system to their specifications.

Polidoro’s application, which is installed on an Android-based mobile device, enables managers to perform remote overrides and allows for more immediate and discrete communication between cashiers and managers, thus reducing customer wait time.  The application also includes a logging component that collects data on the store’s day-to-day operations.  This data can later be analyzed to find daily trends.

Polidoro gave a presentation to Wakefern executives in early October and his application was met with considerable interest.  He will present the application a second time to additional departments and the President of Wakefern in February 2017.  The application is currently being piloted in four New Jersey ShopRite locations and is expected to be deployed in stores in neighboring states in the near future.

Congratulations to Domenic on this achievement!

Dr. Knox Receives Computer Science Teaching Award

Knox Award PhotoDr. Deborah Knox was one of three computer science faculty members across New Jersey who received honors at the Computer Science Education awards ceremony this summer.  Knox was awarded for Outstanding Performance in Computer Science Education at an Undergraduate and M.S.-Granting New Jersey Institution for her work with TCNJ’s computer science students.  Dr. Brian Kernighan of Princeton University and Ms. Junilda Spirollari of NJIT were also honored at the ceremony.

The awards ceremony was held on the Kean campus on Wednesday, August 17 in conjunction with the third annual Computer Science Chairs Conference.   The event was organized by Dr. James Geller of NJIT and Patricia Morreale of Kean University, and was created to celebrate the contributions and dedication of Computer Science faculty to their respective institutions.

Congratulations to Dr. Knox!

For more information on the Computer Science Education Awards event:



Google Returning to Campus on October 19

GoogleLogoAttention CS Students:  Google is returning to TCNJ’s campus on
Wednesday, October 19!

Events for October 19

Life at Google –  Opportunities & How To Apply (Information Event)

Time:  4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location:  The 1855 Room
Want to hear about what it’s like to work at Google and some of the cool stuff that our full time engineers and interns work on? Come learn firsthand from a Google Software Engineer! We’ll also share info about some of the opportunities we have for technical students.

Googler to Student Mock Interview Demo (Interview Workshop, Application Required)

Time:  1:30 – 3:30 PM
Location: Forcina 410
Practice the art of the technical interview and build confidence writing code with a Google engineer in a fun and interactive way through a Mock Interview Demo. Mock Interviews provide a fun and safe environment where students can practice the skills of working through a coding problem, ask questions, and get direct feedback from a Google engineer!

Interested in participating in the mock interviews?

You must RSVP here:
Click here to view the event flyer.

Google Hosting Women in Technology Event: October 19

GoogleLogo-300x101Google will be returning to the TCNJ campus on Wednesday, October 19 and has specifically asked to meet with CS women majors over lunch!

Women in Technology Event

The lunch is open to all CS women majors and will include a talk about Women in Technology: Combating Unconscious Bias & Creating an Inclusive Environment.  Discussion and a meet and greet event will follow.  Registration is free but is required since space is limited and food needs to be ordered.

October 19:  11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Where: Forcina 409

RSVP Deadline:  October 12.

Interested students are required to sign up for these events on two forms – one for Google and one for the Computer Science Department.

Note: If you complete the CS form for the Women in Technology Event, you will not have complete the CS form for the other events.

While CS majors get priority for signing up, events will open up to other majors in mid-October if seats are available.  Sign up before October 12 to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!

Call for CS Representatives (Fall 2016 – Spring 2017)

Show your CS@TCNJ pride!

Would you like to earn the title of “Computer Science Representative” for your resume?  The faculty are once again looking for students to help out at upcoming departmental functions, including seminars, recruiting events, and meetings with potential students.  All levels of students (freshmen through seniors) are invited to apply.

Sample resume entry
Computer Science Representative:  Meet with prospective students and visiting families to present student experiences in computer science major; discuss opportunities and college life through formal presentation and informal Q&A.  Meet with visiting speakers and assist during scheduled events.  Volunteer position; selected by the faculty to participate.  February 2016 – present.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer representative, fill out the brief Qualtrics survey at the following link:

Submissions will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis and as needed.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Zsilavetz directly.

New Faculty Join CS Department

This August, the Computer Science Department welcomes three new, full-time faculty members.   Welcome to the department, Dr. Bloodgood, Dr. Mao, and Dr. Yoon!

Dr. Michael Bloodgood

Dr. Bloodgood graduated from the University of Delaware with his PhD in Computer Science.  This semester, Dr. Bloodgood will teach CSC 220-04 and CSC 470-02: Natural Language Processing.


Dr. Ying Mao

Dr. Mao graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with his PhD in Computer Science.   Dr. Mao will be teaching CSC 230-01 and CSC 470-01: Mobile Application Development this fall.


Dr. Sejong Yoon

Dr. Yoon graduated with his PhD in Computer Science from Rutgers University.  In fall 2016, he will be teaching CSC 220-01 and CSC 345-01: Operating Systems.



Computer Science Department Awards 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015-2016 Computer Science Department Awards, Computer Science Service Awards, and the Computer Science Leadership Awards!

Photo taken by Lindsey Abramson ©


The Computer Science Department awardees are selected by the faculty based not only on their exemplary performance in CS courses, but also on their significant contributions to the department.

Freshman Award –   Emily Kazenmayer and Edward Kennedy

Sophomore Award –  Elisa Idrobo and Brittany Reedman

Junior Award –  Angela Huang

Senior Award – Kylie Gorman,  Brandon Gottlob, Benjamin Meyer, and Matthew Steuerer

Computer Science Service Awards are given to students who have taken part in the organization of department events and whose leadership efforts have enriched the TCNJ CS community. This year, Lindsey Abramson, Alexander Cretella, Beau LaManna, Michael, PackiWarren Seto, and Henry Shen received CS Service Awards.

Student recipients of the Computer Science Leadership Awards have made integral contributions as leaders of the department’s student community, including the student organizations (ACM, WICS, UPE), and have strengthened the College’s community through organization of professional development opportunities, outreach programs, and other service engagements.  This year, Kylie Gorman, Brandon Gottlob, and Brittany Reedman received CS Leadership Awards.