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NDSU Team Wins First and Second in Major Regional Programming Competition

10/20/2017
Two student teams from the North Dakota State University Department of Computer Science and Association for Computing Machinery chapter took both first and second places at the Digi-Key regional programming competition today.  According to the contest website, this is only the second time in the competition’s history that a single school has won both top spots.  NDSU is the only school to accomplish this feat, winning both this year and in 2007.

The competition, held at Digi-Key headquarters in Thief River Falls, MN, requires students to demonstrate their programming skills in response to multiple types programming problems, under time constraints.  By winning both spots, the team has won $8,000 in prize money for the university and a $300 prize for each first place team student and a $200 prize for each second place team student.  The team also brings home a traveling trophy for the year.

Digi-Key competition teams are allowed to have up to four participants.  The first place team included only two: senior Aaron Buchholz and junior Chris Bernard.  The second place team was comprised of junior Riley Conlin, junior Ajay Brown and sophomore Wren Erickson.  Both teams were coached by Professor Anne Denton.

Including this year, NDSU has won first place four times and second place five times, since the competition’s inception in 2000.  Twenty-two teams competed in this year’s competition.

Department Featured in Prairie Business Magazine Article

10/10/2017
"Cyberopportunity: That’s how to think of cybersecurity ..." is the apt title of a recent article in Prairie Business Magazine that featured the NDSU Computer Science Department and the Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research.  The article discusses the demand for employees with cybersecurity skills and educational opportunities at NDSU (and other institutions) to allow students to learn these skills.  Read the article here.

NDSU Software Engineering Program Ranked #4 Nationally

10/6/2017
North Dakota State University’s Software Engineering master’s degree programs have been recognized as among the top in the nation by AffordableColleges.com, a popular college and program ranking website.  NDSU’s programs have been ranked as the fourth best in the United States.  The website ranks programs based on a value score that focuses on program value to recognize the “distinction between the programs that appear cheap up-front and those that will pay off in the long run.”

The NDSU Computer Science Department offers both online and traditional on-campus software engineering programs.  A Master of Science degree, with thesis and project options, is offered, as is a coursework-based Master of Software Engineering degree.  The department also offers Ph.D. degrees in software engineering.  All three are popular options.

“It’s a very applied software engineering program, where students hone their software development skills,” noted software engineering program coordinator and associate professor Gursimran Walia.  “The way we set up courses – we use case studies and real world software problems – lets the students see how the work relates to software industry practices.”

As part of the master’s program, students go through the entire software development process. They begin with talking with clients to gain an understanding of their needs and take a system all the way through development completion.  Many students begin with the master’s program – either online or on campus – and continue to complete the Ph.D.

“We developed the software engineering graduate programs in 2002,” noted professor and department associate chair Kenneth Magel. “These programs have advanced with the rapidly changing needs of industry, both locally and nationally.  We review every course each year and update the material and approach as needed.”

The software engineering degree program that can be completed entirely through distance education was added to the department’s on-campus offerings in 2009. 

Ph.D. Student Attends International Congress in Adelaide, Australia

10/5/2017
Ph.D. student Andrew Jones attended the International Astronautical Congress where he presented work on the use of self-replicating robots for planetary exploration and small satellite development.  The Congress is an international forum sponsored by national space agencies and professional societies worldwide.  The event featured 1750 authors from 70 countries and included 179 technical sessions featuring 1600 oral presentations and 400 interactive ones.  The 2017 International Astronautical Congress was held in Adelaide Australia.

Computer Science Department Biannual Employer Breakfast a Big Success

9/29/2017
The NDSU Computer Science Department continued its tradition of sponsoring an annual employer-student networking breakfast before the NDSU Career Expo.  The breakfast, organized by Dr. Oksana Myronovych, provides an opportunity for students to meet prospective employers in a more casual and less rushed atmosphere, before the start of the expo.  Employers come seeking student candidates for internships and permanent positions.  A large number of employers attend this event annually, demonstrating its value.

Denton Gives Invited Presentation to NDSU's Women in Research Group

9/28/2017
Computer Science Professor Anne Denton was invited by NDSU's Women in Research group to give a presentation on September 27th .  The presentation, entitled "Challenges in the Data Science for Food," discussed the use of data science for food, energy, and water.  Denton reviewed the challenge this presents, noting that, while this topic is increasingly recognized as a topic of high global relevance, it may not always be clear what types of research results will ultimately improve the outlook for our planet. 

Betty Gronneberg Makes Inspirational Presentation to NDSU Students

9/24/2017
NDSU graduate Betty Gronneberg returned to the university to give students tips for success on Friday, September 22nd.  Gronneberg, who was born and raised in Ethiopia, earned a degree in Computer Science and Statistics at Addis Ababba University.  She also worked at the United Nations.  She completed her master’s degree at NDSU and has worked extensively in the software industry.  Through a Bush Foundation Fellowship and the uCodeGirl  organization that she founded, Gronneberg is working to drive girls’ interest in computer programming and inspire the next generation.

Introduced by her former master’s advisor, Computer Science professor and department chair Dr. Kendall E. Nygard, Gronneberg went on to tell students that, to increase their chances for success, they should find a mentor, be experiential, and network.  There were over fifty in attendance at the event.

One student in attendance commented that it was “inspirational to learn from Betty’s diverse experiences,” calling the presentation “encouraging.” 

During the presentation, Gronneberg talked about information technology being the fourth industrial revolution.  She also showed students how they can find their purpose and reason for being – how they impact themselves and others.  She stressed the importance of dreaming and dreaming big enough to have an impact, encouraging students to start every day by striving to be better than mediocre.  Gronneberg also discussed the challenges that students’ might face and how they can prepare to prevail and persevere to reach success.

“Having the event was designed help students feel more connected to their program and create a network of their own that could help them become better and more successful in their STEM major,” commented Computer Science Academic Advisor and Lecturer Joan Krush, who helped organize the student-focused event. “Hearing from someone who is a graduate of our program helps students think about the opportunities available to them now and what impact they can have in their future.”

The event was co-sponsored by the Department of Computer Science and NDSU’s Information Technology Division.  Refreshments were also partially sponsored by a donation from Fast Enterprises.

National Cyber League Team Featured on Valley News Live

9/22/2017
NDSU undergraduate students Kelvin Boatey and Isaac Burton and Computer Science Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub were interviewed by Valley News Live about NDSU's new National Cyber League team on the September 22nd newscasts at 9:00 (WB affiliate KXJB) and 10:00 PM (NBC affiliate KVLY and CBS affiliate KXJB).  The group discussed the educational value and benefits of participation.  View it online here.

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