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Commencement 2012:  Alumnae Soofia Mujeeb (BS '11) and Valentine Polii (BS '11) return to celebrate with former classmates.

2014 Senior Project Presentations - May 9

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Eleven Class of 2014 CS majors will present their Senior Projects on Friday, May 9, at 4:30 PM in Hodson Tech 131. These presentations are the culmination of a year of work. The five team projects cover a variety of topics and techniques. Fellow Students, faculty, friends, and families are all invited.

Computer Science tops list of majors with most pre-graduation job offers.

According to an article in the Yahoo Education section, the BS in Computer Science is the major with the most pre-graduation job offers.

The article reports:

"The College Class of 2013," published by the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), surveyed close to 10,000 college seniors who were scheduled to graduate, and discovered that for five majors in particular, over half of the students had at least one job offer by the time they graduated. ... According to the NACE, an impressive 68.7 percent of computer science majors had at least one job offer by the time they graduated.

Grad Students and faculty featured in Al Hurra News

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Several CS & IT graduate students and faculty appeared in a recent news show on the Alhurra TV station.

The students, all from Saudi Arabia, are studying in the US with full scholarships administered through the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission.

Alhurra is a United States-based Arabic-language satellite TV channel that broadcasts news and current affairs programming to audiences in the Middle East and North Africa. Its mission is "to provide objective, accurate, and relevant news and information to the people of the Middle East about the region, the world, and the United States. Alhurra supports democratic values by expanding the spectrum of ideas, opinions, and perspectives available in the region's media."

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The Hood segment appeared on the Al Youm show. Al Youm (Arabic for Today), is a live three-hour daily news magazine that originates simultaneously from five countries in three continents including Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, Jerusalem and Alhurra's headquarters in Springfield, Va.

CS grad student Rattanaphan Boonbutra winner in National microMedic Contest.

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Rattanaphan Boonbutra (M.S. '13), a current graduate student in computer science, has won a prize in the 2013 National microMedic Contest. The national contest was hosted and sponsored by the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center, and Parallax Inc.

Boonbutra's award was announced on October 15th under the Education Division Winners category, as a Specialist Rank Winner, for the Mobile Doctor-In-A-Box (mDocInABox) project and comes with a $500 hardware prize.

Contest entrants were challenged to use microcontroller and sensor systems to create medical applications and products for possible use in the healthcare industry, medical simulation training, and the battlefield.

Boonbutra's project focused on the re-purposing of a microcontroller board, typically used in robotics applications, to develop a small, portable, mobile health and biometric sensor platform and application. The 2.7'x2.1' board allows a patient to use various hardware sensors to collect information such as pulse, oxygen in blood (SPO2), body temperature, blood pressure and patient position among others. Click for video The collected data are transmitted wirelessly in real-time from the hardware board to a mobile application running on a smartphone. The mobile application stores and dynamically presents the results to the user by constructing easy to read graphs and charts. The collected data are transmitted wirelessly in real-time from the hardware board to a mobile application running on a smartphone. The mobile application stores and dynamically presents the results to the user by constructing easy to read graphs and charts.

Her faculty advisor for this project was George Dimitoglou, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science. Boonbutra received a B.S. in Engineering, from Assumption University, Thailand in 2007 and she is expected to complete her M.S. in Computer Science in December 2013.

Lecture: Nepal Wireless Networking Project

Nepali social entrepreneur Mahabir Pun will speak on the topic "Community Development Projects: Connecting Rural Nepal to the Global Village through Nepal Wireless Network", his work in applying information and communication technologies to develop remote areas of the Himalayas.
Wednesday, 09/18, at 7:30 in HT 131.

Mahabir Pun is recognized for his extensive work in applying information and communication technologies (specially wireless technologies) to develop remote areas of the Himalayas, also known as the Nepal Wireless Networking Project. He is the winner of the 2007 Ramon Magsaysay (aka Asia's Nobel Prize) award for community leadership (

After working as a teacher for several years, he went to the US and completed master's degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Later, he also got an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Nebraska, USA in 2007. He went back to Nepal and currently working in education, nature conservation, community development and wireless networking fields. He first dreamed of connecting his village of Nangi to the internet in 1997. He is working ever since to bring the internet to rural Nepal using wireless technology. So far he has constructed computer labs at several schools, connected several villages using wireless in Nepal. He has already connected several villages, and now working on expanding the wireless network to different parts of Nepal and use it for educational, health, communication, local e-commerce, weather monitoring and scientific research purposes. He was awarded Ramon Magsaysay award because of the use of wireless technology for the benefit of rural people in Nepal. He is currently the Program Director for the Himanchal Educational Foundation.

Hood has chance to see NASA rocket launch from campus

On Friday, Septembr 6, a rocket launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia was visible from campus. The CS department's Hood College Weather Station (HCWS) created a graphic showing the trajectory of the Minotaur V rocket carrying the LADEE satellite into orbit. We've archived the HCWS news announcement, which provides the graphic, background information on the launch, and some cool photos of the launch area, rocket, and satellite.

New Academic Resource: ACM Digital Library

Library Director Jan Samet reports that the Hood community now has access to ALL ACM journal publications (as well as many proceedings and a handful of journals published by other computing organizations) through the Library's web pages in the form of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)'s Digital Library. If you go to you can either

The ACM Digital Library (DL) is the most comprehensive collection of full-text articles and bibliographic records in existence today covering the fields of computing and information technology. The full-text database includes the complete collection of ACM's publications, including journals, conference proceedings, magazines, newsletters, and multimedia titles and currently consists of:  

In addition to the full-text database, the ACM Digital Library is heavily integrated with and includes unrestricted access to the Guide to Computing Literature bibliography.

The ACM Digital Library includes reference linking though CrossRef, integration with the ACM Computing Reviews database, index terms using ACM's 2012 Computing Classification Scheme (CCS), alerting and TOC services, and all export formats including BibTex, Endnote, and ACM Ref, as well as OpenURL compliance, and COUNTER III and SUSHI Compliant usage statistics.

Happy reading and researching, and do let the library know if you have any problems using this database OR if you find it a valuable resource!

Hood Weather Station 2.0 goes live on the Internet

Check out up-to-the-minute Hood weather right on the spot. And check the parking situation in Whitaker lot too!

The Hood College Weather Station was established in 2009. Aymeric Randanne de Vazeille (MS '10) developed software to extract and store raw data from the sensor suite and create a basic data workflow prototype. Sam Stansfield (BS '10) created the initial database and user interface scripts. This year seniors Tom Delaney (BS '13) and Jason Scaroni (BS '13) deveoped version 2.0 of the station, with time-lapse movies from the web cam, a more robust software interface, and online data analytics. Learn more at the Web site for the station—

Changes to undergraduate course numbers

We have changed the numbers on several of the undergraduate CS courses. The changes will take effect with the spring semester, 2014, schedule. The courses themselves have not changed, only the numbers. This change will not affect the courses that you take or that are required for your program. The Courses page has a complete list of the changes.

Adjunct Faculty Positions

The Department of Computer Science at Hood College regularly seeks adjunct faculty in selected areas of computer science and information technology. These are part-time, temporary appointments to teach single courses. The specific courses are dependent on the class offerings each term. Areas of interest include software testing, applied database systems, computer security, IT management, information systems and engineering, and computer networks.

Applicants should hold a masters degree in computer science or information technology or a doctorate in computer science, information technology, or a related field. Send a letter of inquiry and curriculum vitae, indicating your potential teaching areas and professional experience, to W. R. Ford, Chairperson, Department of Computer Science, Hood College, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21701 (or email We especially welcome applications from women and members of minority groups.