Hood College Takes Computer Science Education Week to FCPS

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Hood College computer science faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, visited schools in the Frederick County Public School District to work with teachers and students during several Hour of Code school events Dec. 4-10. They taught more than 600 students in 23 classes, which included business, foundations of technology, introduction to computer science, Microsoft certification and AP computer science. The lessons served three purposes: expose students to coding to demystify the idea that coding is difficult or scary; teach computational thinking, or composing problems and forming step-by-step solutions; and help try to decrease the gender gap in computer science.

Technology meetups - Frederick Technology Meetup Groups

Python Frederick

The CS & IT Department is co-sponsoring and hosting several events for the local Frederick Technology meetup groups. Groups include Wordpress, Python, AWS (Amazon Web Services), KeyLUG (Linux Users Group) and Frederick Startup Community. Join them for some technologically inspired fun with like-minded people.

3rd Saturday Open Workshops-Combined Frederick Technology Groups
Several of the technology user groups in Frederick have gotten together to host a monthly open workshop every 3rd Saturday of each month. You can work on a common project selected for the day or bring your own project and enlist the help of others. Workshops meet at 10:00 AM in Coblentz Hall Seminar Room. Saturdays for spring semester are January 20, February 7, March 17, April 21, and May 19.

2nd Wednesday Talk - Python Toys - Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 PM

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.


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