Thursday, June 2, 2016

Spring 2016 Graduation

May 14, 2016
Congratulations to Spring 2016 Computer Science Department Graduates:  Daniel Healy (CS), Bryona (BJ) Johnson (IT), Brisa Moreno (IT), and Thomas Uraski (IT).  

Tommy Uraski, Brisa Moreno, Dan Healy, BJ Johnson
We’re proud to have you as USF’s newest Computer Science department alumni

Spring 2016 Honors Convocation

May 12, 2016

We were delighted to name Bryona (BJ) Johnson (IT) as our Joan Nahas Ramuta Award winner for the outstanding Computer Science department student this year.  
Bryona pictured with her proud parents!

Brisa Moreno (IT) was named the Meritorious Service Award winner for USF’s Safety and Security Department. 

We're very proud of Bryona and Brisa!  Way to go!

Senior Project, 2016

May 5, 2016

Jim Schuler (CS, 2003) once again rode to the rescue for Senior Project, providing a new challenge for our 8 students who will graduate in Spring or Fall of 2016.  Beacons and Raspberry Pi’s were the focus of this proof of concept challenge for the Franciscan Villages retirement community.   The students involved were:  Dan Healy (CS), Bryona Johnson (IT), Tim Kowalski (IT), Coleon Leverson (WD), Brisa Moreno (IT), Abraham Ortega (IT), Thomas Uraski (IT), and Tonghui Wang (CS).

Instead of walking up to a beacon and having it display information on aphone, students worked having a Raspberry Pi detect a beacon approaching, identifying the id associated with a beacon on a database and alert staff via a web interface about the person with the beacon and their medical and food needs.   This involved using node.js scripting, configuring the beacons, designing a database, web interface and programming the Raspberry Pi’s.  

Additionally there was a side project using an IoT (Internet of Things) button and calculating polling results.

A very successful demonstration was conducted to an appreciative audience and the students turned over their scripts and designs to Jim Schuler for use by the Franciscan Villages.   A true example of service learning and demonstrating how hi-tech skills can improve the quality of life.

Great work to all our USF Computer Science Department Senior Project students! 

Ninth Annual Student Alumni meeting

April 26, 2016

We had a wonderful turnout for our annual alumni/student meeting.  18 alumns, and our retired chair, Loretta Pearson, came out.  Approximately 20 students had the opportunity to polish their resumes, learn how to address the questions they will face during an interview, and meet and network with both recent alumns and those who’ve been out a few years.    

Lauren Burkhart (CS) was inducted into the Epsilon Delta Pi Honor Society.    We updated our alumni on what’s going on,  including our involvement in the new Cyber Crime Minor housed in the Criminal and Social Justice department, updates to the server in our majors' lab, and, new this academic year, our 3D printer.

Of course there was plenty of time for informal discussion between alumni to catch up and meet some folks they hadn’t met before. 

If you couldn’t make it this year, don’t worry we plan to be back next year.

Winter 2015 Graduation

December 19, 2105

Congratulations to USF Computer Science Department Graduates, Winter 2015:  Jordan Drane (IT),  Nayeli Aceves (IT), Nadia Zola (WD).  
Jordan Drane, Nadia Zola, and Nayeli Aceves

We’re very happy to have you as USF alumni.

Math/CompSci speaker - HERE’s Dave Kettlestrings

September 30, 2015
Dave Kettlestrings discussed his experiences at HERE, a world-leading map and location technology company. 

Discussion topics included:
  • Software development and testing for cloud-based processing of data at the petabyte scale.
  • Measuring and ensuring data quality through statistics.
  • Data quality and autonomous driving.
  • Landing your first job and keeping it.
  • Q & A session.
It was a well attended session.  
Thanks, Dave, for taking the time for our students.

Spring 2015 Graduation

May 16, 2015
Congratulations to the USF Computer Science Department Graduates, Spring 2015:
Nicholas Bond (CS), Daniel Burke (CS), Zach Hunter (CS), and Michelle Stefanich (IT). 

Nick Bond, Danny Burke, Zach Hunter, and Michelle Stefanich
We’re proud to claim them as USF alumni!