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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter 3 for AY 2009/10

October 16 2009

by Dr. Alvaro Monge

Around Campus

Forum on the economy

A panel and town-hall forum titled Critical Perspectives on the Economy: What's happened and What We Can Do About It will take place on October 20 from 1pm to 4pm in the USU ballroom.

Mathematica seminar

There will be a seminar titled "Mathematica in Education"from 12:00-1:00pm in FO3-200A. This seminar will include technical information about Mathematica, an application used by scientists and engineering in modeling, simulations, and visualizations.

EAT Society Windows 7 Fest

The Embedded Applications Technology (EAT) Society is planning Windows 7 Fest. The event will be held on Friday, October 23, 2009 in the Beach Auditorium. Two sessions will take place, the first from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., and the second from 3:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets will be on sale in the EAT office (ECS 303) the week of October 12th for $25 each.

We plan to present speakers on the topic of Microsoft's newest operating system, freshly released to the market, as well as speakers on current technology. All attendees will receive a free copy of Windows 7, courtesy of Microsoft via the Microsoft Software Development Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA). All attendees will also be entered into a raffle to win an assortment of prizes.

Advising Corner

Mandatory Transfer Advising

Students who transferred to CSULB beginning this Fall 2009 have mandatory advising and must speak with their major advisor in order to register for Spring 2010 classes. All such transfer students have an enrollment hold preventing them from registering for Spring 2010 classes. Please see your major advisor ASAP so that you can be advised on the requirements of the major and the classes to enroll in Spring 2010. Computer science students should see Dr. Monge while computer engineering students should see Dr. Chelian.

Spring 2010 schedule

The Spring 2010 schedule of classes is available via MyCSULB. The schedule submitted by the department is available there and is reliable so you can start planning your schedule. I am not aware of how reliable the schedule by other departments is, however, since Spring 2010 registration will begin on the week of November 10th, I believe you can start making plans with the schedule you find via MyCSULB.

Internships/Scholarships/etc

California Predoctoral Incentive Program

The California State University (CSU) has just announced a call for applications for the 2010/2011 Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program. It is a program whose purpose is to increase the number of individuals who demonstrate potential as doctoral students and who may be interested in applying for future CSU instructional faculty positions.

The program provides financial assistance in the form of a student loan to a limited number of individuals pursuing doctoral degrees. The program seeks to provide loans to doctoral students who are interested in applying and competing for CSU instructional faculty positions after completion of the doctoral degree.

The campus deadline for application submission to Brotman Hall is Friday, February 5, 2010 at 5:00p.m.

ESRI Internships

ESRI has a number of opportunities available for students. ESRI provides Geographic Information Systems and is located in Redlands, CA. Positions include software development programmers, software product engineers, geospatial analysts, support analysts. Visit ESRI's University Recruiting website for more information.

Lua scripting internship

Mobile Motion is a company that provides motion capture technology. The company is looking for a student intern who has skills in Lua scripting. Lua is an embeddable scripting language and to quote the Lua website Lua has been used in many industrial applications (e.g., Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom), with an emphasis on embedded systems (e.g., the Ginga middleware for digital TV in Brazil) and games (e.g., World of Warcraft). Lua is currently the leading scripting language in games.

Interested students should contact Marc Antione via e-mail, he is a Mobile Motion Sales Engineer.

Jobs

Del Amo Learning Garden Tutor

The Del Amo Learning Garden is looking for a part time middle school and high school tutor for their tutoring center located in Torrance. Del Amo Learning Garden is a learning center in Torrance, offering all levels of tutoring (up to college) in math, chemistry, sciences, reading, writing, SAT prep and more.

They are currently looking for Math and Homework tutor for grades 6th to 10th. The positions pay $12 to $15 per hour. Students applying must have excellent math tutoring skills up to Algebra 2 (Pre-Calculus is a plus!). As a tutor, you will help with homework and test preparation in middle school subjects.

They are looking for enthusiastic individuals with good multi-tasking skills who are able to tutor students individually and proactively in a group setting. Tutoring takes place from Monday to Thursday (2 to 4 days) between 4-6:30pm.

Interested students should send their resumes to Del Amo Learning Garden.

Quote of the Week

In C++ it's harder to shoot yourself in the foot, but when you do, you blow off your whole leg.

By Bjarne Stroustrup, designer and original implementor of C++. As found in 101 Great Computer Programming Quotes.

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