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Students participate in Cyber Defense Competition

On Monday February 29th, students from Hood College participated in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MA CCDC) held at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

From left to right: Jeffrey Blake, Sean Counterman, Joshua McPherson, Gary Lopez(team captain), and Mingjun Wang.  The team is coached by Professor C.K. Chiang, and advised by Professor Boon.

Recent Alum Donated Video Card

Michael Moorman (MS '12), a recently alum of the MS in CS program, helped his beloved video card find a new life. As an avid programmer and gamer, Michael routinely upgraded his own computer at home. The card being replaced, NVIDIA GeForce GTX-470, is still an extremely high power computing node, capable of reaching 1088.6 GFLOPS (carrying out 1*10^12 computations in a second). Michael donated it to the department for use by students. Hood College is an NVIDIA Education Center, the first in the State of Maryland.

ACE Certification achievement

Graduate student Sara Guthland obtained ACE certification after taking IT 599B in Fall 2015 with Dr. C.K. Chiang. The ACE credential demonstrates proficiency with Forensic Toolkit technology. Dr. Chiang as a certified instructor has the qualification to administer the exam at Hood. Dr. Chiang, an adjunct professor in the graduate program, has extensive expertise in the CyberSecurity area, working with government and private partners. Dr. Chiang has also been successful in coaching collegiate competition teams for a number of local universities.

Double alum Tom Dixon appointed director of Frederick IIT Division

December, 2015 Tom Dixon, BA '84 and MS '86 alum of the CS program has been appointed director of the Frederick County Interagency Information Technologies Division. County Executive Jan Gardner said "Tom stood out as a ifelong resident of Frederick County who brings proven and extensive experience in information technology strategy and operations, program management, software development and all aspects of service delivery." IIT provides client services for technical projects for all areas of county government.

Robotic boat helps witn Frederick reservoir mapping

Frederick, November 23, Hood graduate students and faculty assisted the city of Frederick in mapping the depth of the reservoir to determine if it has silted up an become shallower. The team used a small fiberglass hobby boat about 4 feet long, with an added depth sensor, compass, and GPS tracker. The boat tracked from point to point across the reservoir to create a grid of over 10, 000 measurements.

Grad students celebrate Diwali

CS graduate students from India hosted a Diwali celebration for students, faculty, and staff. Diwali, or Festival of Lights' is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. Among year around festivals celebrated in India, Diwali is one of the largest and brights. In the photo, professor John Boon and graduate school dean Maria Cowles enjoy refreshments, while students dance in the background. The CS Department is home for many international students from India, Nepal and Malaysia, where this festival is celebrated.

Professor Stephen Penn Attends EMS 2015 Conference.

Professor Steve Penn attended a conference for graduates of Executive Doctoral programs, such the DBA and the DM. He also participated in developing and coordinating the conference program and panel discussions (http://www.umuc.edu/ems2015/index.html). Besides being a forum for alumni to present their research, it serves as an exchange for people who are interested in applying the latest in theories in management science towards solving today's problems.

New Core Science Course CS 110 for Everyone

Processed Flowers

We've added a new course for non majors to our curriculum. It was approved by the Curriculum Committee for the Scientific Inquiry Non-lab Science category of the core

The course is CS 110 Programming Art.

It will be offered this Spring, 2016 MoWe 5:00-6:15 PM in HT 113. Taught by professor William Crum.

Internships are a Great Way to Learn ...and Earn

"Betty Treworgy, Davon Hill, Judith Apshago"

Frederick is part of the Washington, DC, Technology area, so CS majors have many opportunities to gain experience, academic credit, and some income through internships. This past year, 14 different CS students had internships at 11 different sites.

Congratulations to Doctor Carol Jim!

On July 28, 2015, adjunct professor Carol Jim (BA ’06, MS ’10) successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Investigation of the Cell Labeling Procedure and the Appearance of Monozygotic Twins” at The George Washington University. Her research investigated the mechanism behind the origins of monozygotic multiple births by implementing proposed cell division labeling models in Python. The results of the models led to a prediction that monozygotic quadruplets are not all genetically identical but rather, are two pairs of monozygotic twins where the pairs slightly differ.

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