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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter #10 for Fall 2007

December 24, 2007

by Dr. C van Lent and Dr A. Monge


New Advisor for Computer Science Majors

This coming Spring 2008 will see the departure of Dr. Colleen van Lent from the University. In her time in the department, Dr. van Lent has been a great colleague, professor, advisor, and will be sorely missed.

Advising Over the Winter Break

Dr Johnson and Dr Monge will return for advising beginning the week of Jan 22nd. No doubt there will be some questions, so here are short answers to some of the most frequent. Anything else will need to wait until January.

Permission to Enroll

If you are having trouble enrolling for a course, check your degree progress at and indicate which courses you feel you have finished that do not appear in your degree progress report. Write these down so they can be updated in your program planner next semester. At that point you will be given permission to enroll. If you are worried that a class will be dropped, feel free to stop by ECS 552 during regular office hours to leave a note for the Department Chair.

Overlapping Courses

Advisors can not grant a student permission to take classes that have a time conflict. If you need to take two courses that overlap, you will need to get permission from the instructors and then WAIT until the third week of class when CSULB switches from the automated to paper add/drop process.

Enrolling in a Math Course

Advisors can not grant a student permission to take courses from the MATH department. You will need to speak directly to faculty in that department.

Volunteers Needed for Cal_WAC

The California Web Accessibility Conference (CalWAC 3) will be held at CSULB on Jan 14, 15, 16, 2008. CalWAC activities that are available to volunteers include:

Proctors - up to two proctors per class.

  • may only attend the class they are proctoring (at no charge).
  • may proctor more than one class.
  • may pay to attend additional classes that they want to attend, but are not proctoring.

General volunteers (Registrars, Guides, lunch helpers, etc.) may not attend classes, but are invited to eat lunch at no charge.

Lunch will be provided for all Volunteers.

Anyone may attend the opening Plenary at no cost - All are invited. There are no free passes to Derrick's Post-Conference. More information and a sign-up sheet can be found in ECS 552.

New concentrations for CS electives

The department has approved the following concentration of electives for CS majors. It is recommended that students select their electives so as to satisfy one of these three concentrations. The three concentrations are:

  • Networking and Security: CECS 472, 474, 476, 478, 492
  • Web and Software Development: CECS 423, 429, 445, 448, 470, 471, 491
  • CS Foundations: CECS 419, 424, 428, 451, 429, 445, 474

These are recommendations only, and will not have an effect on your graduation requirements.

Scheduling of CS electives

The CECS undergraduate curriculum committee has put together the following recommendations to the department chair for scheduling electives. Starting with the Fall 2008 semester, these recommendations will be followed as much as possible to schedule electives.

CS electives to be offered in Fall semesters:

     Course   Category of electives and concentration it satisfies:
      475        Applied;
      470        Applied; Web/Software
      424        Formal Lang, Core;  CS Foundations
      429        Core;  Web/Software
      451        Core;  CS Foundations
      474        Core;  Net/Security
      472        Applied;  Net/Security
      478        Core;  Net/Security
      491        Capstone;  Web/Software
      445        Core;  Web/Software
      Plus one more if needed.

CS electives to be offered in Spring semester:

     Course    Category of electives and concentration it satisfies
      481                Applied;
      423                Capstone;  Web/Software
      424 or 444         Formal Lang, Core;
      419, 424 or 428    Formal Lang, Core;  CS Foundations
      455                Applied;
      474                Core;  Net/Security
      476                Applied;  Net/Security
      448, 449, or 470   Core;  Web/Software
      492                Capstone;  Net/Security
      Plus two more if needed

Student Organizations

Programming Team

A teams of programmers from Cal State Long Beach recently finished in 3rd place among 63 teams of collegiate programming talent in your area at the Southern California regional competition of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), sponsored by IBM. The Cal State Long Beach team may have the opportunity to advance to the 32nd annual World Finals to be held April 6-10, 2008 in Banff, Alberta Canada.

Scholarship/Fellowship Information

German Academic Exchange

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is pleased to announce some exciting updates about the summer 2008 RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) and RISE professional programs. RISE DATABASE OPENS: The internship database for RISE undergrads opens tomorrow (December 6th). Students who register can browse internship offerings in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences (geology), and engineering. These internships expose participants to advanced research and provide the rare opportunity to learn about Germany from the inside by working in a German lab. To find out about eligibility and the application process as well as to read reports from past participants, please visit: and Please note students may only apply for one of the two programs and not for both at the same time. Please email all queries about RISE or RISE professional to: or respectively.

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

he purpose is to meet the continuing needs of the nation's aeronautics and space effort by increasing the number of highly trained scientists and engineers in aeronautics and related disciplines. Scholarships awarded include competitive stipend payments anticipated amount for undergrad up to $15,000 and up to $35,000 for graduate. There is an option to attend a summer internship (up to $10,000 per summer) at a participating NASA Research Center. The undergraduate program is open to U.S. citizens, and applicants should have completed their sophomore year of college by fall of 2008, and should be in good standing at an accredited college or university. The graduate program is open to U.S. citizens, the applicants should be accepted or enrolled in an accredited program, and remain in good academic standing at their respected college or university. Website opened mid-December and online application will be open in early January, 2008. For more information, contact

Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP)

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is now administering NREIP, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). NREIP is a ten week summer research opportunity for undergraduate Juniors & Seniors, and Graduate students, under the guidance of a mentor, at a participating Navy Laboratory. The stipend amounts for the program are $5,500 for undergraduate students and $6,500 for graduate students. U.S. citizenship required; Permanent residents accepted at certain labs. The application is currently open and must be completed by January 14, 2008. Go to:

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. These are PAID programs located across the country. Many of CECS students have participated and really enjoyed the experience. To find a list of programs in your academic area, go to

Check Out the First Floor Bulletin Board!

There are a number of programs being advertised on the first floor bulletin board (SURF, etc.). Check them out.

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