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Graduate Student Week

Most of the department faculty participated in Graduate Student Week, sponsored by the Graduate School, to give graduate students a boost during Exam Week. We greeted the students as they entered the main academic buildings and handed out snacks and goodies as they rushed off to exams.

BIOINFORMATICS SPEAKER - November 30

Dr. Jason Rafe Miller, Assistant Professor, Informatics Department, J. Craig Venter Institute, will speak on the Arabidopsis Information Portal (Araport) on November 30 at 6:30 in HT 319. Araport is a web resource centered on Arabidopsis thaliana, the flowering plant whose genome sequence serves as a model for all of plant science. The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a world leader in genomic research, is a multidisciplinary genomic-focused organization with more than 250 scientists and staff, more than 250,000 square feet of laboratory space, and locations in Rockville, Maryland and La Jolla, California.

Undergraduate Computer Science Program Receives ABET Accreditation

Hood College's Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Science has received its initial accreditation by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing its students with quality education.

Technology meetups and events this fall.

Hood College Computer Science is hosting several technology meetups and events during the fall semester, beginning this month. Workshops include Jupyter Notebooks, Pygame, and 3rd Saturday Open Workshops. In October, we are a primary sponsor for the HackFrederick hackathon. See the full article for dates and times, and watch the events calendar for more information.

Minor in Computer Science Helped Students Accepted for SURF at NIST

Congratulations to Sarah Hood and Karina Stetsyuk who have been accepted to the SURF summer intern program at NIST!
Sarah Hood, Math and CS Minor
Karina Stetsyuk, Math and CS & Physics Minor

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.

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