Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Not all fun and games!

But it’s close.  

This Spring 2018 saw the first offering of the USF Computer Science Game Design class.   It was developed by Panos Kourtidis, CS 2003.  This class is offered as a topics class and requires a first class in a programming language such as C++ or Java.  A variety of game engines can be used by the students.  Teams are building their own games as a semester project.

 This class proved very popular with students who eagerly enrolled.  I think we can safely say this class will be back!

There’s a club for that!

In Fall 2017, do to the diligent efforts of Derek Dailey (CS, 2018), we now have an official USF Computer Club. 

Events have included a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry, a movie night with a screening of War Games, club meetings including a preview of an upcoming game design class.  Planned events include a hard drive eraser event so people can bring hard drives to be cleaned and then safely recycle their computer.

Thanks, Derek, for all your hard work!

Congratulations to our 2017 USF Graduates.

On May 6, 2017, these eight students were pleased to walk down the aisle to receive their degrees, the majors represented included:
Computer Science,  Information Technology, and Web Development.
First row (L-R) Ken VandeWerken, Joselyn Mena, Lauren Burkhart, Phillip Bradley, Tonghui Wang. Second row(L-R) Abraham Ortega, Michael Garver, Coleon Leverson
Receiving their Bachelor of Science Degrees were: 
     Philip Bradley (CS)
     Lauren Burkhart  (CS)
     Michael Garver  (WD)
     Coleon Leverson  (IT)
     Joselyn Mena  (CS)
     Abraham Oretaga  (IT)
     Ken VandeWerken  (IT)
     Tonghui Wang  (CS)

You worked hard to get here. 

We’re very proud to have you as USF Computer Science Department alumni! 

Ramuta Award Winner

Congratulations to Michael Garver (WD, 2017), the winner of the 2017 Joan Naha Ramuta Award winner at the USF Honors Convocation, May 4, 2017.


The Joan Nahas Ramuta Computer Science Award was established in 1983 by Joan and Matt Ramuta to honor yearly, an outstanding computer science senior in recognition of:
    their academic excellence demonstrated by at least a 3.5 average,
    their exemplary character and
    their service to the department and to the college

Michael is majoring win Web Development and has maintained a 3.8 average.   He worked with the USF IT department to research available technology and the specific guidelines needed in moving the USF website towards meeting the disability compliancy requirement of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.  

Michael used his expertise in photography to take pictures for USF CompSci events and his design skills for to create a logo for the USF Computer Club.

All of us at USF congratulate Michael

Sunday, May 7, 2017


On April 27th, the 2017 Senior Project team demonstrated and turned over the iHappy application to the Franciscan Ministries.   The project involved an full featured application that ran on desktops and mobile devices to help the staff at Franciscan Villages and numerous properties across four states.

The project team was:   Phillip Bradley (CS), Lauren Burkhart (Math & CS), Fernando Carrera-Rodriguez (IT), Michael Garver (WD), Joselyn Mena (CS), Trent Saucedo (IT), and Ken VandeWerken (IT).     The project was at the request of Jim Schuler, USF CS 2003, Solutions Architect for Franciscan Ministries and he laid out the requirements.     The project team then built a formal document detailing the user requirements and a project plan for the creation, testing and development.
From L-R:  Nando, Phillip, Garver, Joselyn, Lauren, Trent, Ken

The application tracks a resident's interests and relevant data, as well as likes and dislikes.  The application provided roles for administrators and staff.   Administrators could use the application to create a profile for residents and upload the picture.    Students took seriously HIPAA requirements and did not include last names or year of birth so that there was less information to be accessed.   The profile creation included 10 questions the administrators would pose to a resident.  Because of the data input requirements, it was designed as a desktop application primarily, although it could be run on a mobile device.
Screen cap of mobile app

The other component of the application was designed so that staff could engage with the residents more fully when they encountered them by having relevant data at their fingertips and not only talk about topics that interested the resident, but suggest activities.   This was primarily designed for tablets and phones because of the mobile nature of this component. 

Because of the multiple locations, the students designed the search so that it would focus on the selected location, as a staff member typed in a first name the suggested residents would be filtered by that information.   When a staff member selected a name from the drop down list, the picture would show so they could confirm the resident.  

Jim and Scott
After presenting the technical information about the iHappy (working title) application, the project team demonstrated the application by having Jim act as administrator and one of our audience, alumnus Scott Walton, to act as a resident, and Derek Dailey, CS student, to act as a staff member.   Scott & Derek were required to sign-in with appropriate logins.   

Derek acting as staff
A new profile was created, a photograph uploaded from a
desktop.  then from a tablet, the staff member was able to access the profile.   From the tablet the new profile was located.  The staff member than updated a new 'like' for the resident and it was then visible from the desktop application.  

Describing the LAMP stack
The application was designed upon a LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Python) so that it could easily be ported to servers behind the Franciscan Ministries properties' firewall.   For testing purposes no residents' information was used.   Also for testing and to provide background for the support staff at Franciscan Ministries, the students used Amazon's AWS.  A detailed document on the use and creation of the LAMP and AWS was provided at turnover time.  

The project team turned over electronic copies of the scripts, code, and documentation to Jim Schuler at the conclusion of the presentation.

Working with Nick - February 2017
The project team would like to thank Scott Walton (USF CS 1993), Panagiotis Kourtidis (USF CS 2003), and Nick Bond (USF CS & IT 2015), in addition to Jim Schuler, for their advice and assistance in developing the application.

Congratulations to our Computer Science Department Senior Project Team 2017 on a job well done!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shall We Play a Game

A little retro entertainment to help everyone relax and get ready for the push to finish strong.

The USF Computer Club is hosting a showing of the 1983 geek-classic:   

War Games
3:30 PM,
A102, St Albert Hall.

Refreshments provided

Let Derek Dailey know if you plan on attending

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Math and Computer Science Department End of Year Party

The Math and CompSci Department are hosting an end of the year party for all students in the department.

Friday 4/28 at 1pm in the Pavilion.

Pizza and fun awards will be center stage.

Take this opportunity to nominate one of your classmates for an award such as:
Most likely to get a flat tire while wearing a Spiderman (or) Wonder Woman costume.

Come and have fun to celebrate the beginning of summer and relax before finals.