News from the Department
Master's Student Presents at International Conference
Computer Science Master's student Karanam Dayananda recently returned from presenting at the IEEE Autotestcon Conference in Chicago, IL. While at the conference, he made two presentations. As part of one presentation he served on a panel that was part of the conference plenary. Visit the conference website for more details.
Computer Science Student's Events App Featured on NDSU Website
Computer Science undergraduate student Mukai Selekwa's work on an App called "Webblen Events" has drawn attention in the form of an article on the front page of the NDSU website. Selekwa serves as the Director of Technology for the company. He worked with fellow undergraduates Nathaniel Thoreson and Austin Braham, who are studying marketing and economics and finance, respectively. All three are from the Fargo area and saw a challenge. As Selekwa is quoted in the article, “there are usually things to do around Fargo, but a lot of times, people don’t know about them.” The app, which went live on the Apple App Store on September 12th, aims to make it easier for area residents and visitors to find out what is going on around town. The team is also planning to launch an Android app, which will be made available at a later point. Check out the NDSU web feature, here. Selekwa was also previously featured on the Emerging Prairie website - read that article here.
Tech Shield Features NDSU National Cyber League Cyber "Warriors"
NDSU will participate in the National Cyber League (NCL), for the first time, this Fall. A recent article in popular cybersecurity website Tech Shield features the team, including NDSU undergraduate students Everett Kuntz, Kelvin Boatey, Andrew Wickoren, Isaac Burton, Michael Gibbons, Steven Karschnia and Zach Kunz. Participation in NCL is not only an exciting extracurricular activity, it also allows students to demonstrate their cybersecurity skills to potential employers. Read the article here.
Eclipse Ballooning Project Featured in Press & News Newspaper
NDSU undergraduate student Evan Gjesvold flew to Columbia, Missouri to conduct an experiment during the full solar eclipse. The experiment, mentored by Computer Science Asst. Prof. Jeremy Straub, focused on ascertaining the impact of reduced light on the lift capabilities of a solar balloon (a balloon whose ability to rise comes from sunlight-generated heat). Read more about the experiment in the Press & News article. A video of the balloon experiment and the eclipse is available here.
Hokanson Recognized for Volunteer Efforts
NDSU Computer Science staff member Guy Hokanson was recently featured on the National Science Olympiad Alumni Network Facebook Page and recognized in the Digital Journal, a global digital media network, with contributors from around the world. Hokanson was described as the unsung hero of volunteering for the Computer Science department. Hokanson has, among other things, served as director of the North Dakota Science Olympiad for numerous years. Despite being the 4th least populous state, the event typically ranks number 16 in the country, in team participation, each year. This has been largely attributed to Hokanson's efforts.
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