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California State University, Long Beach

Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter #1 for Fall 2007

  • August 20th, 2007
  • by Dr. C van Lent

Newsletter Index

  1. New Members of the CECS Community.
  2. Advising
  3. Registration Deadlines
  4. New Rules for Registration
  5. Web designers and Developers Needed
  6. Job Opportunities
  7. Fun Facts

New Members of the CECS Community

  • The College of Engineering named a new Dean over the summer. Dr. Forouzan Golshani comes from Wright State University in Ohio where most recently he served as the Chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Department. You can read more about Dr. Golshani in the Inside CSULB article
  • A new faculty member is also joining the CECS faculty, Dr. Xiaolong Wu is joining us from UNLV.
  • Also, please help us wish farewell to Ms Gerry Gugliuzza who is retiring this week. Her replacement will be announced shortly.
  • Finally, two additional changes to the department that will affect students are:
    1. Ken James in the new Chair
    2. Dr. Colleen van Lent (me) is the new Undergrad Advisor for Computer Science majors.
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  • Dr. Alvaro Monge will be advising Tuesday Aug 21 and Wednesday Aug 22 from 2 to 5pm.
  • No appointments are needed. He will advise undergraduate CS students and graduate students.
  • I will start as the new advisor for the BS in Computer Science. The hours are: Monday 10:30 - 12 and 1:00-2:00 and Tuesdays from 1:30 - 5pm. No appointments are needed.
  • Dr. Shui Lam will resume her Graduate Advisor role starting the week of August 27th. Graduate students or those interested in the graduate program should contact the department office to make arrangements to see her.
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Registration Deadlines

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New Rules for Registration

If you're having problems registering in a class due to not satisfying course pre-requisites, you are reminded that the system now enforces course prerequisites so classes may not be taken out of sequence. If you have completed a course's prerequisites at another University, you must file official transcripts with the University so that these classes are in your record. Finally, you may request a Permit from the advisors (Dr. Johnson for computer engineering, Dr. Monge or Dr. Van Lent for computer science) if you do satisfy the prerequisites but, for some reason, your academic record does not reflect this.

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Web designers and Developers Needed

Motivated and skilled web designers and developers needed for exciting new project. Long Beach State Athletics' department of Strength and Conditioning wishes to develop web software to help manage and organize athletes' training programs. The project will be directed by Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Eric Burkhardt. If you would like to become involved in this exciting project, please contact:

  • Eric Burkhardt at 562.985.5480 or
  • Dr. Alvaro Monge at
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Job Opportunities

A job opportunity sent to us by a graduate of the MSCS program:

Vital Data Technology is a company based in Irvine that creates software for the healthcare industry. The company would like to hire a student on part time basis (about 20 hours a week) with an experience in C# and .NET.

Projects will include:

  • testing and bug fixing
  • development
  • writing documentation (good English desirable)

Some of the technologies we utilize on daily basis are:

  • .NET 2.0
  • Visual Studio 2005
  • XML
  • SQL Server 2005
  • Web Services

This is a great opportunity for a hard working student with a willingness to learn. This opportunity provides valuable real-world experience. Interested students should contact:

  • Sylvester Wyrzykowski
  • Email:
  • Phone:714.213.1335
  • or directly my manager, Ed Sicard, (copied on this email):
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Fun Facts

Rubik's cube solution in 26 moves, and counting down. Quote: "A supercomputer has been working without pause to provide conclusive evidence that the cube can be returned to its original state in no more than 26 moves." Full article was printed in The Guardian on Friday August 17th.

***If you have news or events that you would like sent out as part of the CECS Newsletter please feel free to send additions to Dr. C van Lent.

***Thanks to Dr. Monge for providing most of the information for this newsletter.

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