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Call for Goldberg-Neff Scholarship Prize Applications

Charles H. Goldberg – Norman Neff Scholarship Prize in Computer Science

(Application due Friday, April 17, 2015 by 3:00 PM)

The Charles H. Goldberg – Norman Neff Scholarship Prize is awarded annually by the Computer Science Department to a student(s) who has/have demonstrated academic excellence in Computer Science and who will be continuing into graduate study in Computer Science.

Eligible students are graduating Computer Science majors who have applied for admission for graduate study in Computer Science. The number of awards and the award amount are at the discretion of the Computer Science Department. The award check will be conveyed to the awardee(s) upon matriculation in a graduate program in Computer Science within one year of the announcement of the award.

How to Apply

Please complete the following form and submit your printed application to Ms. Zsilavetz, Department Program Assistant, in Forcina 413 before the deadline.

1. Name: _____________________________________

2. How can we contact you after graduation?

Phone: _______________________________

E-mail: _______________________________

Postal address _________________________

3. List some of the graduate programs to which you are applying:

4. Please attach a short essay discussing your plans for graduate study.

Two CS Students Receive NIST SURF Awards

Advanced Technology Research
Undergraduate Fellowship Awards

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Two Computer Science students have been awarded research fellowships for an 11-week summer program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Daniel Lessoff (Class of 2015) and Kyle Davis (Class of 2016) were selected from a large number of applicants from across the nation to participate in the NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. The SURF program is sponsored by NIST and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

NIST PhotoDaniel Lessoff will be working in the area of computer security under the guidance of Mr. Oliver Borchert on a project entitled “Development of network diagnostic tools for Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Security extensions.” Mr. Borchert’s research lab focuses on techniques to characterize the effectiveness and limitations of BGP robustness mechanisms. The BGP protocol, which is part of the backbone of the Internet, does not provide security verification of traffic. Daniel’s project will enhance the usefulness of the Wireshark network analyzer by integrating new functionalities to validate the security of network traffic. This is the second NIST-SURF fellowship that Daniel has received.

NIST PictureDuring the 2015 SURF program at NIST, Kyle Davis will conduct research in computer graphics and motion detection.  She will explore using a head mounted virtual reality display into a system employing graphics and 360 degree video scenes in the project “Integrating the Oculus VR headset with Web-based 3D Graphics and the Leap Motion tracker.”  Her mentor for the summer program will be Mr. Sandy Ressler, whose research lab focuses on information visualization and 3D web technologies for a variety of scientific applications.

Both students will be working in the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) at NIST. The fellowship program is designed to provide hands-on research experience in a number of areas, including computer security, information access, software testing, networking, and communications technologies.  The Information Technology Laboratory’s mission is to accelerate the adoption and deployment of advanced technology solutions.  Certainly, the projects that Kyle and Daniel will be working on will help forward that goal! Congratulations to Kyle and Daniel for being awarded these prestigious NIST SURF fellowships.

Article prepared by Dr. Deborah Knox.

ACM National Student Research Competition: March 5 – 8, 2015

Sharing Advancements in Computer Science: 
ACM National Student Research Competition
March 5-8, 2015

Two TCNJ Computer Science students were invited participants in the ACM Undergraduate Student Research Competition (SRC) held during the SIGCSE 2015 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Derek Duchesne (Class of 2014, with graduation in May 2015) and Brandon Gottlob (Class of 2016) submitted abstracts of their individual research projects and were selected for the national competition by outside reviewers.  TCNJ was the only college or university represented at this ACM SRC to have more than one undergraduate project selected!  There were a total of seventeen undergraduate projects chosen for participation in the SRC.  Each student participant received a travel award, sponsored by Microsoft Research and the Association for Computing Machinery.  In addition, the students and their faculty mentors received support from the Department of Computer Science and the School of Science to attend the SIGCSE Conference.

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The project Collaborating Across Boundaries to Engage Undergraduates in Computational Thinking (CABECT), is partially funded by the National Science Foundation DUE Award #1141170.  Derek, mentored by Dr. Monisha Pulimood, focused his research project on “Using CABECTPortal as a Case Study to Extend the Capabilities of Penetration Testing Tools.”  An abstract of Derek’s research is below.

This project presents an approach to web application security that modifies general penetration testing tools to test for advanced vulnerabilities. As a proof of concept, the ZAP (Zed Attack Proxy) security tool was extended with functionality to test vulnerabilities such as server-side security misconfiguration, to test CABECTPortal (a website housing collaborations between multiple disciplines). By combining the general vulnerability checks built into tools like ZAP and the server-side maintenance checks that are normally conducted manually by system administrators and programmers, this project provides a more tailored approach to security testing that can be applied to any web application, making testing easier and more precise.

Brandon designed an original experiment, “Real Time Occupancy Notification: A Comparison Between Passive Infrared and iBeacon Implementations”, guided by Dr. Deborah Knox. Brandon’s project is partially funded through a Student-Faculty Research Award from the TCNJ Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.  The abstract of Brandon’s research project follows:

BrandoniBeacon technology has the potential to evolve occupancy detection over the traditional passive infrared motion sensor approach due to portability, relatively low cost, and capabilities beyond motion detection alone. This project implements study room occupancy detection in the TCNJ Library using a Raspberry Pi with a PIR sensor and an Estimote Beacon. The scalability of each approach is directly compared by cost, ease of setup and maintenance, and accuracy. Prototype occupancy detection systems are set up in study room environments to provide end-users with a listing of available rooms in real-time through new functionality in the TCNJ Library iOS app. Using iBeacon sensors can bring extra functionality to existing systems and new environments where portability is essential.

Both student projects were conducted as part of the Computer Science mentored research capstone experience.  Congratulations to Derek and Brandon for representing TCNJ and for sharing their results at the ACM Student Research Competition at SIGCSE 2015! Their research posters may be viewed in the Computer Science Department in Forcina Hall, 4th floor.
Article prepared by Dr. Knox, March 16, 2015

HackTCNJ 2015 Article

On February 28 and March 1, TCNJ’s ACM chapter hosted the third annual hackathon in the Education Building.

For more information, including some pictures from the event, read the Times of Trenton article here.

Computer Science Colloquium: March 27

The first Computer Science Colloquium of the semester will be held on Friday, March 27.  Dr. André Bondi, Senior Staff Engineer at Siemens Corporation, Corporate Technology in Princeton will give a talk entitled “Methods and Processes for Ensuring the Performance of Software Systems”.  An abstract of his talk can be found below.

Please join CS faculty and students in Forcina Hall 408 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Performance is an essential and desirable attribute of any software system. Poor performance is a frequent cause of project failure, and can render a system difficult and undesirable to use. Despite this, it is often treated as an afterthought at many stages of the software lifecycle. The painful rollout of a well-known public web-based system in October 2013 underscores the resulting perils. In this talk, we discuss the role of various performance engineering techniques in ensuring the suitable performance of a software system. The choice of performance metrics is crucial to the development of testable performance requirements. The performance requirements influence architectural and technology choices for implementation. Performance models can aid in the planning of performance tests to verify that performance requirements have been met, while informing design and architectural choices that affect system performance and scalability. In this talk, we describe a performance engineering process and its role in the software lifecycle. We illustrate the talk with examples of the interpretation of performance test data in the context of performance models.

André Bondi is a Senior Staff Engineer working in performance software and systems engineering at Siemens Corp., Corporate Technologies in Princeton. His book on performance engineering, Foundations of Software and Systems Performance Engineering: Process, Performance Modeling, Requirements, Testing, Scalability, and Practice was published by Addison-Wesley in August 2014. Dr. Bondi has worked on performance issues in several domains of application, including telecommunications, conveyor systems, financial systems, medical systems, railway control, building surveillance and management, and network management. He has developed and taught corporate training courses on performance requirements and performance engineering. Just prior to joining Siemens, he held senior performance positions at two startup companies. Before that, he spent more than ten years working on a variety of performance, standards, and operational issues at AT&T Labs and its predecessor, Bell Labs. He taught courses in performance, simulation, operating systems principles, and computer architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara for three years. Dr. Bondi holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in computer science from Purdue University, an M.Sc. in statistics from University College London, and a B.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Exeter. Dr. Bondi holds nine US patents.

Sad News for the CS Department

The Computer Science Department is deeply saddened to announce that Dr. Miroslav (Mike) Martinovic passed away on Tuesday, February 24 after a battle with cancer.  Dr. Martinovic has been a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at TCNJ since 2000, and was chair of the department from Fall 2005 till Spring 2014. He is remembered fondly by faculty, students and staff as a valued colleague, teacher, mentor, advisor, and friend.

The viewing will be on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd., Richboro, PA, 18954.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dr. Martinovic’s memory may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 550, Chicago, IL, 60631.

The obituary has been posted on the website of Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home (

You can see an article about him on the School of Science website at

Feel free to contact Dr. Pulimood ( or Ms. Zsilavetz ( with questions.  Additionally, you may call the office at 609.771.2268.

Call for Computer Science Representatives

Interested in volunteering as a Computer Science Department Representative?  There’s an app—lication for that!

The Computer Science Department is always looking for students who can assist with recruiting and departmental events throughout the academic year.

As a CS Volunteer, you can…

  • Serve as a peer-mentor for new or transfer students
  • Assist faculty with presentations and Q&A during Spring semester open houses and Accepted Students Day
  • Meet with prospective students to answer their questions about the CS Department and/or allow the student to shadow you for the day
  • Help with set-up for departmental events like colloquium and Commencement

When you fill out an application, make sure that you include your name, TCNJ email address, and the dates you’re available to assist.

If you’d like to help out with in-house set-up (for seminars or capstone presentations) as needed or can only be available for set-ups, please send your contact information to Ms. Zsilavetz at

Completed forms can be sent to or dropped off in the Computer Science Office in Forcina 413.  You’ll receive email or phone-call confirmation of the events you’ve been arranged to volunteer at as the semester progresses.

Spring 2015 Registration Redux

Spring 2015 course rosters have been stabilized and currently there are no seats open in most Computer Science courses.

You can use this form to let us know of Computer Science courses that you still would like to take in Spring 2015, should seats become available:

Please note that YOU are responsible for ensuring that

  • you have the necessary pre-requisites for each course that you select,
  • you will have no time conflicts in the revised schedule,
  • you are able to drop a conflicting course before selecting a new CS course.

After January 20, 2015, we will enroll students from the wait list, if there are available seats

Email cs [at] tcnj [dot] edu if you have further questions.

Celebration of Computing: December 3

Come join the Computer Science Department for the Fall 2014 Celebration of Computing on Wednesday, December 3 in Forcina Hall (fourth floor).

Lunch will be served between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM outside the student lounge.

From 1:00 to 3:00 PM, students who are enrolled in a mentored research or internship experience will present their capstone posters, while students in the Mobile Computing class will present their projects.  Make sure that you complete a student feedback form for the presentations you attend and deposit the forms in the boxes outside the Department Office (413) and Forcina 408 before you leave for the day.

Still not sure what to expect?  Check out some pictures from last year’s Celebration of Computing.  You can also email for more information.

Hope to see you there!

Spring 2015 Registration Wait List Closed

The registration period for Spring 2015 is over and the CS wait list is now closed. We have completed the process of going through the wait list and have allocated seats to students based on requests and availability.

If you did not get into a course you wanted, you can take it when it’s next offered. All core / required courses will be offered in the fall and / or spring of the next academic year. You are also welcome to monitor the course on PAWS and sign yourself in if someone drops it and frees up a seat.