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Computer Science Moves to STEM Building

The Computer Science Department is excited to be in its new location this semester with the opening of the brand-new STEM Building. The CS office officially moved into the STEM Building on the 28th of August, with the final steps of the moving process nearing completion.

There are new facilities available to CS students in the STEM Building. Some are shared with engineering majors and some are reserved only for CS majors. The first floor of the STEM building has several locations that may be of interest to CS majors. The Cluster is located in STEM 104, neighboring the Faculty Research Lab in STEM 103.

Dr. Andrea Salgian, Associate Professor of Computer, emphasizes. “CS majors should look forward to the research lab, where students mentored by different faculty members can work together in a shared space” and adds that “all spaces [in STEM] are well-lit, modern and inviting.”

Directly across from this research lab is the Computer Science Project Laboratory (STEM 101).  The CS Student Commons is adjacent to the Project Lab and will be the new location for many of the department’s student organization meetings.  The STEM 112 Teaching Lab is also located on the first floor. This lab is equipped with desktop computers that run both Windows and Mac platforms, and is shared between the CS Department and the departments in the School of Engineering.

The STEM Building’s second floor is where the faculty and department offices are located. The main CS Department office can be found in STEM 200 and most of the faculty offices can be found along the same hallway.  While the department offices have been moved to the STEM building, many CS courses are still being held next door in Forcina Hall.

CS majors are encouraged to utilize the new building and to enjoy the change in scenery that the new location has to offer!

Written by Cat Maienza, Class of 2019

CREU Research Award and 2017 CRA-W GHC Research Scholars

CREU Research Award
L-R: Carrido, Goldberg, Swartz

Three Computer Science majors, Randell Carrido [Class of 2018], Victoria (Tori) Swartz [Class of 2019] and Sophia (Sophie) Goldberg [Class of 2020] are members of a research team mentored by Dr. Deborah Knox.  Their project, “PIR Room Occupancy Detection and Client/Server Support for a Cross-platform Real-time Mobile Application”, was selected for the Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CREU) program sponsored by the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women (CRA-W).  The objective of the CREU program is to increase the number of women and underrepresented groups enrolled in undergraduate studies in the field of computer science by exposing them to the joy and potential of research.

In addition to the CREU award, Tori and Sophie have been selected as CRA-W Grace Hopper Celebration Research Scholars.  They will be attending the three day Grace Hopper Celebration of Women Annual Congress in October 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  The CRA-W GHC Research Scholars program supports  undergraduate women with interest in computing research to attend the annual GHC.  The Research Scholars meet with mentors, participate in networking opportunities, and receive advising toward graduate school and research careers in computing.  Congratulations to our newest Research Scholars.

Best wishes for success to Randell, Tori, and Sophie during their CREU project.  We look forward to hearing about the team’s achievements.

Article written by Dr. Deborah Knox