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Bert Navarrete, Building a Startup Community, GM and Managing Partner of Tigerlabs, December 5th, 2013

GM and Managing Partner

December 5, 2013
Education Building Rm. 113 11:30am – 12:30pm
Refreshments to follow the presentation


Building a Startup Community

Abstract: Build it and they will come, so goes the old adage. But building and fostering a startup community isn’t easy nor is it something that can be “built” in the traditional sense. This lecture breaks down what it takes, how it’s currently being done down the road in Princeton, NJ, and how you can be involved.


Speaker Bio: Bert Navarrete is an experienced investor and Co-Founder of Tigerlabs. Prior to Tigerlabs, Bert was a Co-Founder at a startup that built interactive sports applications for Connected TVs and second screen devices. Previously, Bert was responsible for M&A and venture investments at Internet Capital Group (ICG). Bert has made investments in early stage companies across a variety of technology sectors and has had broad operational and investment management responsibilities. Prior to ICG, Bert was an Investment Partner at Mitsui & Co., where he led Mitsui’s New York Technology Investment Group. While at Mitsui, Bert was responsible for managing and executing venture and private equity investments and oversaw the group’s overall investment strategy. Previously, Bert was VP of Technology Strategy and Business Development at Merrill Lynch Technology and also managed a strategic venture fund consisting of investments in the internet, media, and mobile sectors.

Celebration of Computing, December 4th

Celebration of Computing
As we do every fall, the Computer Science Department will celebrate the achievements of our students at the Celebration of Computing event on December 4, 2013, 11:30am – 4 pm in Forcina, 4th floor.

Please Come Celebrate With Us!
Celebrate the wonderful achievements of CS students!
Celebrate yet another awesome semester in CS!
Celebrate the last week of classes for Fall 2013!


The schedule for the afternoon is below:

11:30am — 3:00pm Computing related games and other activities (some with prizes) : Forcina, 4th floor
– WICS and ACM are planning games, puzzles, brain teasers and other fun activities. Try them out and you could win a prize!

11:30am — 1pm Lunch
1pm — 3pm Student Poster Presentations
3:00 pm — 4:00pm UPE Induction Ceremony
– New members will be inducted into the national honor society of Computer Science, Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE).
– Society membership is by invitation and based on academic standing (juniors and above) and performance within one’s academic class.
– The ceremony is open to everyone.

See last years celebration,


Career Mock Interview Event

On Wednesday, 11/20, 1-4 p.m.,  the Computer Science Career Mock Interview Event will be held for 33 of our students.  There will be over 50 interviews conducted.  Companies participating in this event include

Johnson & Johnson (6 interviews)
Verizon Wireless (12 interviews)
Twitter (6 interviews)
CA (18 interviews)
Front Rush (5 interviews)
Vanguard (6 interviews)


Database multi-version concurrency

This Friday, November 15th, two guest speakers will be talking about multi-version concurrency in Dr. Pulimood’s Database Systems class from 10:00 to 11:20 a.m. in Forcina 408. The speakers, Bruce Momjian and Jim Mlodgenski, are developers and consultants working with Postgres and open source.

This will be a technical presentation, and you are invited to attend the lecture and meet our guests.

Date: Friday November 15th
Location: Forcina 408
Time: 10:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Who: Bruce Momjian and Jim Mlodgenski, consultants and developers in Postgres and open source.
Topic: Multi-version Concurrency in Databases

Stephen Lombardi ‘09, Graduate School Life and Computer Vision Research, Drexel University, Nov. 18, 2013

Stephen Lombardi ‘09

PhD Candidate in Computer Science, Drexel University

Graduate School Life and Computer Vision Research
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Monday, November 18, 2013
Forcina 408
Pizza will be provided.

Deciding where to take yourself after graduation can be difficult. Two choices are often presented: industry and academia. Although somewhat arduous in its application process, graduate school presents a great opportunity for intellectual growth and enables a host of career opportunities. In 2009, after graduating from TCNJ, I joined the computer science department at Drexel University to begin my Ph.D. There, under my advisor Dr. Ko Nishino, I began research in the field of computer vision, which explores methods to extract information from images and video. Currently, my research aims to answer certain questions about images: how do the objects in it reflect light (e.g., are they shiny, diffuse)? And how and from what direction is the scene illuminated? This information can then be used to identify the types of materials that are present in an image (a useful task for robotics or autonomous vehicles) or to identify where the scene takes place. In this talk, I’ll discuss my experience with graduate school life at Drexel and give a high-level overview of my research and that of my lab.

2 CS students present at CCSC-E

2 CS students present at CCSC-E

Two Computer Science students presented research posters at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, Eastern Region, annual conference held at The College of New Jersey on November 1-2, 2013. Senior Teddy Sudol conducted mentored research with Dr. Peter DePasquale on “Developing a COMTOR Backend with ANTLR”. Sophomore Brandon Gottlob presented his poster entitled “Developing a Scalable iOS App for TCNJ Students”; he is currently working on mentored research with Dr. Deborah Knox. Both poster presenters received very high marks during the poster competition; Brandon was awarded the first place prize. Look for their research posters on Forcina’s 4th floor. Congratulations to Brandon and Teddy!

Scott Smedresman, Esq., Startup Speed Meets Legal Logjam, SorinRand, LLP, Nov. 7, 2013

The Department of Computer Science presents
Scott Smedresman, Esq.
SorinRand, LLP
East Brunswick, NJ

November 7, 2013
Education Building Rm. 113
11:30am – 12:30pm
Refreshments to follow the presentation

Startup Speed Meets Legal Logjam
Navigating the Landscape of Online Privacy and Data Security Law

Technology has democratized industry. Lowering once high barriers to entry, an app and fresh business can now be built in a matter of days. User bases can hockey stick overnight. While the speed of industry has changed, the speed of the law has not. With many laws impacting technology ventures being written decades ago, legislators and enforcement agencies have raced to catch up, creating a challenging patchwork of privacy and data security laws for startups to navigate. The laws out there – from security and breach notification rules, to Do Not Track, from privacy policies to behavioral advertising regulations – can seem overwhelming. However, with timely guidance and careful planning up front, the landscape can be successfully navigated.


Scott Smedresman is an associate at SorinRand LLP. He concentrates his practice in corporate technology transactions and intellectual property-related agreements, including license, development, collaboration, distribution, service, and maintenance agreements, as well as trademark and copyright strategy, prosecution, enforcement, and infringement. He also advises clients on website and mobile application terms of use, privacy policies and end user licenses.
He recently was recognized as being among New Jersey’s 2013 Rising Stars of the legal profession, an honor that recognized the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state.

Students win at HackRU

Students win at HackRU

Three Computer Science students Steven Kolln (2015), Michael Meluso (2015), and Daniel Seminara (2014) participated in a hackathon held at Rutgers University on October 12-13,  Their project, completed within the 24 hour competition,  integrated Google’s voice recognition software and a lyric API that permitted the software to search for a song by a small sample of the song’s lyrics.  Using a third service, Rdio, their application fetched the identified song and played it for the user.  This project won the sponsored prize from Rdio, which was a full year’s subscription of the Rdio service.  Congratulations to Steve, Mike, and Dan!

CS Professor wins 1st place award in Robert Wood Johnson Games Challenge

CS Professor wins 1st place award in Robert Wood Johnson Games Challenge


Assistant professor Dr. Edward Kim of Computer Science and Interactive Multimedia and Dr. James Park of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School have won first prize in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Games to Generate Data challenge. Their application, wHealth (a Window to your future Health), is an interactive storytelling application designed to improve the health of the application users and collect interesting health decision data. Professor Kim worked with two Interactive Multimedia students, Eliza Donne and Jared Krinsky on the project. Dr. Kim and Dr. Park also placed 2nd in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation hospital price transparency challenge.

CS alumni featured in TCNJ magazine

CS alumni featured in TCNJ magazine


Google Docs, the suite of web-based productivity tools available through the Internet search giant’s Drive service, is changing the way people work by allowing users anywhere in the world to collaborate in real time on the same spreadsheets, presentations, and word processor documents.


One of the people making this new way of collaboration possible is 2008 computer science graduate Jake Voytko. Read more here…