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New Course! Advanced Data Analytics with R

ITMG 524 Advanced Data Analytics with R

Are you interested in data science or want to learn more about it? Do you want practical, hands-on experience with a tool that is a great resume builder? If so, then register for ITMG 524 Advanced Data Analytics with R!

ITMG 524 is offered on Wednesdays from 6:25 - 8:55 pm in Spring 2018. If you have any questions about the course, please send an email to Dr. Jim (

Grace Hopper Essay Contest

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (1906-1992) was a pioneer computer scientist, often referred to by her nickname, "Amazing Grace" due to the breadth of her scientific achievements and professional accomplishments. She earned a doctorate in mathematics from Yale University in 1934, a time when few women obtained higher degrees. She worked on the Harvard Mark I computer and UNIVAC I and was instrumental in the development of COBOL, an early high-level programming language still in use today. Grace Hopper visited Hood College several times in the 1980's, giving a departmental lecture, receiving an Honorary degree in 1983 and serving as the Commencement speaker in 1984 -- inspiring women to pursue careers in the sciences. In honor of her birthday, December 9, we are celebrating Grace Hopper Week.

To celebrate her unique achievements, we invite students from grades 9-12 to submit essays for the Hood Grace Hopper Essay Contest. Available prizes include mini drones, fitness activity trackers and space pens and more!

New! Grad Program Planning Guides

Planning forms are now available for all graduate programs in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Management Information Systems. You can find them on the corresponding program pages under the "Requirements" sections.

The guides show the program requirements with prerequisites and the terms that they will be offered.

Emeritus Professor Gary Gillard, 1945-2017

Gary Gillard, Assistant Professor Emeritus of Information Technology passed away peacefully on November 1, 2017, at Integrace Copper Ridge after a multi-year struggle with Parkinson's disease.

Professor Gillard was an active member of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology from 1991 to 2013. During his tenure, he taught several courses in information technology.

New Master's Degree in Cybersecurity Approved

Monday, August 7, 2017 FREDERICK, Maryland—The Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved Hood College to begin its Master of Science in Cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is the ability to protect or defend the use of cyberspace from cyber attacks. It is an emerging discipline focused on the development of methods and techniques for the protection of data, information, systems, networks and infrastructural assets. “Our new cybersecurity program is designed to work with local technology companies and government organizations,” said Hood President Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D.

Corcoran & Zamora intern at Berkeley.

Tom Corcoran and Raf Zamora toured 'Cori', the fifth most powerful supercomputer in the world, which they used while working on an internship at Berkeley Lab.

MSCS Alum shares career success

Yashraj Sinha is a recent alumnus of Hood’s Masters in Computer Science program. An international student from India, Yashraj completed an internship with Cisco Inc. last summer, an experience which he credits as being instrumental in landing a fulltime position after graduation. The Graduate School caught up with Yashraj and he shared the highlights of his Hood experience.

How would you describe your time at Hood and in Frederick in general?
It has been one of my best experiences in life so far. Coming to Hood was the first time I traveled outside my country. I also experienced snow for the first time in Frederick.

The full text of their chat is continued in the article.

CS & IT Graduate students featured in video

 CS & IT students featured in video

Departmental graduate students Okuneye Oluwadamilola (MS in IT), Minghua Liu (MS in CS) and Samjhana Basnet (MS in IT) were featured in an informational video developed by the Hood Graduate School. They describe their experiences as international students at the Graduate School at Hood College.

Musical Computing

Video by the instructor, Dr. Rick Roth

Musical Computing

In summer, 2016, CS graduate students learned to program in Chuck, a concurrent audio programming language. They produced an electronic music concert for the grand finale of the course. Dr. Rick Roth, the instructor, created this video about the musical computing concepts, showcasing the students' work.  He will be back for an encore this summer.

See the full article for scheduling information.

Data Visualization - Thursday 02/16 at noon

Join CS Club this Week as it presents "Data Visualization" with Randy Smith. Are you curious about the ways people use data to make graphics? Curious about what these maps are about? Do you want to learn more about valuable tools for analysts? Join us in the Computer Science& IT suite, HT 226, on Thursday, February 16 from 1-2 PM to hear Randy Smith talk about his work in data visualization and design.


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