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Spring 2017 Registration Wait-list

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:

(Survey will be activated on November 3)

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.

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.

Brittany Reedman Receives TCNJ Blue and Gold Award

Brittany Reedman Award
Brittany Reedman (Class of 2018)

Computer Science and Mathematics double major Brittany Reedman (class of 2018) has been inducted into the TCNJ Blue and Gold Award Hall of Fame!  The Blue and Gold Awards honor students who have made significant and continual contributions to The College of New Jersey community as student leaders.   Students are nominated by faculty members and awardees are selected by a committee.  Brittany was the only sophomore of the ten awardees who were inducted on the evening of Wednesday, April 20 in the Education Building.

 “When I found out I was nominated for the Blue and Gold Hall of Fame, I was so grateful for having professors that believe in me and thought I would be deserving of such an award,” Reedman said.  “With a school full of so many amazing leaders, all with a strong presence at TCNJ, I thought actually receiving the award was a long shot.  After discovering I was chosen for the Blue and Gold Hall of Fame, I was truly honored and now am more determined than ever to make my last two years here as impactful as possible.”

In addition to her academic achievements, Brittany’s accomplishments in the TCNJ community are equally impressive.  She is a member of TCNJ’s honors program, plays on the college varsity tennis team, serves as secretary of the TCNJ chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and is president of the Women in Computer Science (WICS) organization.

As the WICS president, Brittany has invited inspirational and successful women in the computing field to speak to and meet with CS students.  She also introduced “Lean In Circles” based on the concept popularized by Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook, to provide an improved sense of community within the organization and to create a support structure for members.

In fall 2015, she applied for and received a very competitive scholarship that enabled her to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing held in October 2015, in Houston, Texas.  The Grace Hopper Conference is the largest annual international gathering of women in the computing fields.

Brittany has also served as a student volunteer for many Computer Science open house and high school outreach events, and also helped organize and run the February 2016 HackTNCJ event.

Congratulations to Brittany on receiving this prestigious TCNJ award!

If you’d like additional information about the Blue and Gold Awards, please view the Office of Student Activities webpage.

Celebration of Computing Schedule: Spring 2016

Please view the schedule of presentations and list of student evaluators for the Celebration of Computing (coinciding with TCNJ’s Celebration of Student Achievement).   All presentations will take place on Wednesday, May 5 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM on Forcina’s 4th floor.

Schedule of Presentations (Spring 2016)

List of Student Evaluators (Spring 2016)

Please contact if you have any additional questions.

Senior Computer Science Student Awarded hackNY Fellowship

Article written by Dr. Deborah Knox

Christopher Hranj, Class of 2016, has been selected to participate in a 10-week summer fellowship program sponsored by hackNY.  This competitive program was founded in 2010 to “create and empower a community of student-technologists” and is supporting 27 students this summer.
This is an opportunity for participants from around the world to advance their quantitative and computational skills in a hacking community.  Each Fellow contributes as an employee of a vetted New York City startup company that demonstrates innovative technology application and provides a strong mentoring environment for the student.  Projects draw upon students’ skills in software engineering, front-end and back-end support, design, and data science.  The intensive program pairs up “the best technical minds with great NY startups.” In addition to receiving technical and career advice from their mentors, twice a week the students engage in a curated speaker series with leaders from the NYC startup community.

Chris is looking forward to all the Fellowship offers and to working at BuzzFeed this summer where he anticipates supporting back-end services in a Python environment.  He knows that this experience will help him plan for his next steps in his post-graduate job search.  This is not Chris’ first experience in a startup environment; last summer he landed an internship with Twilio, located in San Francisco.

“BuzzFeed is a cross-platform, global network for news and entertainment that generates six billion views each month. BuzzFeed creates and distributes content for a global audience and utilizes proprietary technology to continuously test, learn and optimize.”

Chris spoke about his motivation to participate in the hackNY program and his expectations:

“I’ve had a number of like-minded friends from various years go through the program and heard nothing but incredible things from them about their experiences. I was encouraged to apply by many of them and actually applied last year but was not accepted. After attending hackNY’s hackathon in 2015 I became even more interested in the program because of how well it seemed to cater to students with a “hacker” mentality similar to my own.

I hope to get a sense of what it’s like working in a fast-paced startup environment. Working with a company that drives so much traffic to their site is going to be a truly enlightening experience. I also hope to build an awesome network of friends/coworkers amongst this year’s and the previous year’s fellows. Lastly, I hope to learn about what it takes to found and build a successful startup.”

Congratulations to Chris for being selected for this competitive hackNY Fellows program!  We wish him great success in the vibrant environment at BuzzFeed and look forward to hearing more about his projects and experiences living and working in NYC.