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News Archives, Academic Year 2003-2004

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Team competes at Dickinson College Competition.

Programming team at practice
Begun last fall, Hood’s programming team has two new members and one continuing member for spring 2004. They held training sessions every Friday evening with their coach, Professor Mas Kimura, preparing for an April 18 competition at Dickinson College. The team reports they are satisfied with their results, ranking about in the middle of the teams competing. From left to right, Alen Agheksanterian, Mas Kimura, Qin Zhang, and Sharon Cramer.

Adjunct Faculty Positions.

The Department of Computer Science at Hood College seeks adjunct faculty in selected areas. 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 computer security, database systems, information technology, e-commerce, and computer networks. We have a specific need for faculty to teach the following courses:

Applicants should hold a masters degree in computer science or a doctorate in computer science or related field. Send a letter of inquiry and curriculum vitae, indicating your potential teaching areas and professional experience, to Paul J. Gowen, 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.

New minor in Web Development

The Department’s new undergraduate minor in Web Development was recently approved by the faculty of the College. The minor is designed to meet the needs of students who are majoring in another discipline and interested in developing web sites for career or personal purposes. Some of the current courses have been revised especialy for the program, and a new course in Usability Engineering for Web Development has been added to the curriculum. Note: The minor in Web Development replaces the B.A. Program in Applied Computing. That program has been dropped from the curriculum, but all current students will be able to complete it. See the Programs page for [Program requirements]. There’s also a one-page display flyer about the minor.

Team competes in ACM Mid-Atlantic Regional Programming Competition.

Programming team, Fall 2003
Hood’s Fall 2003 programming team trained hard for the regional ACM programming contest held mid-November. They met weekly with their coach, Professor Mas Kimura. From left to right, Phil Dahlheimer, Mas Kimura, Beth Waggoner, and Sharon Cramer. The team felt very satisfied with their results, ranking about in the middle of the teams competing, especially considering that this was Hood’s first time competing.

Open tenure-track position in computer science.

[Position filled for Fall 2004.] Hood College intends to make a tenure-track appointment in computer science for August 2004. Areas of particular interest include data communications and networking, database, software engineering, programming languages, distributed computing, object-oriented programming, and computer security.

A successful applicant should hold a Ph.D. in computer science, should be committed to teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses (often in the evening), willing to contribute to advising and curricular development, and be professionally active. Please sent a curriculum vitae, highlighting your teaching interests and scholarship goals, and at least three letters of recommendation to Paul J. Gowen, 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.

Hood College is a selective comprehensive college with a high-quality, professionally oriented graduate school. In the discipline of Computer and Information Sciences, Hood College offers a BS in Computer Science, an MS in Computer and Information Sciences with concentrations in computer science and information technology, and an interdisciplinary MS in the Management of Information Technology. Regularly ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the foremost regional colleges in the north, it is located 40 miles from Baltimore and Washington, DC. The college has an enrollment of approximately 1800 students, 900 undergraduates and 900 graduate students. Hood College is located close to the high technology corridor of Maryland, which presents opportunities for collaboration, internships and fieldwork with both business and government entities. For further information on Hood, see

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. EOE.

Computer Science and Mathematics are now separate departments.

With sixteen faculty and staff and five degree programs, Mathematics and Computer Science was one of the largest academic departments at the College. We have separated into two departments for administrative purposes. We still work closely together for the benefit of all of our students. Professors Elizabeth Chang, Randy Ford, Gary Gillard, Paul Gowen, Masato Kimura, Regina Lightfoot, Jeff Martens, and Bill Pierce are the faculty of the new computer science dapartment, along with new faculty member Xinlian Liu. Dr Gowen is serving as the chair of the department. Kira Hamman, Betty Mayfield, Doug Peterson, Judy Seymour, and Kimber Tysdal are the faculty of the mathematics department, with Dr Mayfield serving as the chair.

Dr. Xinlian Liu Joins the computer science department

The Department is happy to welcome Dr. Xinlian Liu as a new assistant professor of computer science, starting in Fall 2003.

Prof. Liu received his Ph.D. in computer science from Louisiana State University and has worked for the National Meteorological Center of China and in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory. His research interests are in grid computing, scientific visualization, high performance computing, and software engineering.

Dr. Liu will teach CSCI 379 Computer Algorithms, CSCI 419/519 Advanced Data Structures, and CSCI 501 Introduction to Software Development in the fall semester.

Dr. Ford promoted to associate professor

The faculty, administration, and trustees of the College all approved the promotion of Professor Randy Ford to the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Ford joined the department in spring, 2000, with 20 years of computer experience in the private sector. His research interests are in the application of artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction.

Dr. Chang publishes Perl textbook

Dr. Elizabeth Chang’s new textbook, Practical Perl with CGI Applications has been published by Scott/Jones publishers. The book is described on the Scott/Jones site at There is a companion site with errata and with source code for all examples at

Now available: Guidelines for Software Engineering Projects

The guidelines explain the requirements and procedures for carrying out a 6-credit software enginnering project, including prerequisites, obtaining a committee, the initial project proposal, and deliverables. The guidelines are available on this site.