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L to R: Professor Xinlian Liu; Francis Abantei (MS '12), Outstanding IT student; Gary Corsar (MS ;09), award presenter; President Volpe.

News Archives, Academic Year 2011-2012

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Commencement 2012

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14 undergraduate Computer Science majors received their BS degrees at the 2012 commencement. They were Andrew Blowe, Allyson Cool, Jennifer Hill, Ryan Huffman, Nathan Jacobson, Kathleen Kaas, Nicole Keller, Samuel Lewis, Richard Orndorff, Craig Rowe, Adam Stauffer, Michael Taylor, Sean Weber, and Naseem Zietoon.

Several of the 30 graduate students who completed their MS degrees in 2012 received their MS diplomas in the afternoon Graduate School commencement ceremony.

Outstanding Graduate Students receive recognition

Outstanding students in each graduate degree program were recognized at the 2012 Graduate School reception a few days before Commencement in May.

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Michael Moorman received the Bryce Blackwood Beauchamp Award for Outstanding Student student in the graduate Computer Science program. The award was established in memory of alumna Bryce Blackwood Beauchamp (BA '84, MS '87) who was both an undergraduate and graduate student in computer and information sciences and who served as the technical coordinator for the department in the 1980s.

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Francis Abantei (MS '12) received the Gary Corsar Award for Outstanding Student in the graduate program in Information Technology. The award was sponsored by Gary Corsar (MS '09). Gary told us that it's important to keep up with technology. A softwawre developer, Gary said he pursued a graduate degree because he wanted to improve all aspects of his career, not just get a certification in one software language or management field, and by sponsoring this prize he encourages others to do the same.

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Abdulaziz Aljabre received the Stephen R. White Award for Outstanding Student in the graduate program in Management of Information Technology. The award was established by Douglas White (BA '87, MS '94) in honor of his father, Stephen R. White.

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No Recess for CS Seniors

Computer Science majors in the Class of 2012 took advantage of the Midterm Recess to work on their Senior Projects. In the photo, Andrew Blowe, Richard Garcia, and Don Shaner work on a UAV in the Robotics Lab. Upon completion, the plane will be capable to fly a pre-programmed route and carry out reconnaissance tasks using two HD video cameras on-board.

Senior Sam Lewis has paper accepted for IEEE Symposioum

Senior computer science major Sam Lewis's paper "Detection of Breast Tumor Candidates Using Marker-controlled Watershed Segmentation and Morphological Analysis" was accepted for presentation at the 2012 IEEE Southwest Symposium on Image Analysis and Interpretation and for publication in the conference proceedings. The conference will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in late April. Sam did his research under the guidance of professor Aijuan Dong as part of a Summer Science Institute at Hood. Professor Dong is also his co-author on the paper.

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New graduate students attend spring orientation

New CS & IT graduate students enjoyed supper in the computer science department's office during the Graduate School Orientation for the Spring 2012 semester. New students this semester came not just from Frederick and the surrounding area, but from as far away as Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Thailand.

Three Security Webinars available to faculty and students through the CyberWatch Consortium

Three Security Webinars available to faculty and students through the CyberWatch ConsortiumThree new webinars are being offered through the CyberWatch Consortium in spring 2012. For details and descriptions, see the CCSIA web site.

CCSIA accepted as a member of the CyberWatch Consortium

Dec 5, 2011 -- We are pleased to announce that the Hood College Center for Computer Security and Information Assurance of the Department of Computer Science has been accepted as a member of the CyberWatch Consortium. Funded by the National Science Foundation, CyberWatch is a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies whose mission is to improve the quantity and quality of the information assurance (IA) workforce.

Center for Computer Security and Information Assurance (CCSIA) established by Hood College

Hood College has established a Center for Computer Security and Information Assurance in the Department of Computer Science. The purpose of the Center is to promote research, education, and sound internal practices in computer security and information assurance. The center coordinates educational programs and practices in information assurance, and interacts with local area businesses, laboratories, and government agencies.

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New graduate students attend orientation

During the Graduate School Orientation for the Fall 2011 semester, more than a dozen new CS & IT graduate students filled the computer science department's office for supper with program directors Xinlian Liu and Elizabeth Chang. Returning students Joe Dwyer and Aaron Lucas shared their experience and tips for going through the program.

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CS majors Jacobson & Hill present research at NIST SURF Colloquium

Senior Nathan Jacobson presented his summer research project "Access Control Policy Tool (ACPT)" to the Plenary Session of the SURF Colloquium held at NIST on August 2, 2011.

Nathan was one of six students who presented at the Plenary Session. This is the second year Nathan was accepted to the SURF program. Nathan's adviser is Dr. Vincent Hu. Dr. Hu was extremely pleased with Nathan's work and invited him to reapply in 2012.

Altogether three Hood students participated the SURF program this year. Senior Jennifer Hill reported on her project "Creation of an Evaluation Interface for Human Assessments of Machine Translations" at the Colloquium sessions. Nathan, Jennifer and Math major Andrea joined 150 students from institutions across the nation to become new alumni of the highly acclaimed summer research program.

A copy of the colloquium abstract is available in the computer science office suite, HT 226.

Xinlian Liu returns from professional visits in China

In June, Professor Xinlian Liu attended a professional conference in Zhengzhou, China. He also visited the National Meteorological Center in Beijing, where he worked for 3 years before coming to the States. They are interested working on optimizing a new weather model. Liu also visited the site of Tianhe-1A, the fastest supercomputer in China (it used to be No. 1 in the world, but was recently bumped to No. 2 by Japan's K-system). They are eagerly looking for suitable applications to prove the effectiveness of the hybrid architecture.

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Hood College Commencement, 2011

Sixteen BS Computer Science students and several MS recipients participated in Commencement 2011.

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Hood CS Robotics wins at international competition

On May 5, 2011, Hood CS Robotics won the mobility challenge of the Virtual Manufacturing and Automation Challenge at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics & Automation held in Shanghai.

Our team was unable to attend the conference so we paticipated in the challenge remotely, having sent our algorithms/code in advance of the competition.

Scott McLemore (BS '11) was the sole member of Team Hood. We believe he was both the only single-member team and the only undergrad-only team in the competition. Scott worked on and developed robotic mobility and navigation algorithms to solve problems for this international competition for 4+ months as his senior project and he clearly did a magnificent job.

While neither Scott nor team coach Professor George Dimitoglou was able to make it to Shanghai for the awards luncheon and ceremony, please congratulate Scott on this remarkable, international achievement.

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 computer security, IT management, information systems and engineering, and computer networks.

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 Elizabeth B. Chang, 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.