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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter 14 for AY 2007/08

February 15 2008

by Dr. A. Monge


Newsletter Contributions

If you'd like to contribute to this newsletter, feel free to send contributions to Dr. Monge The newsletter will be published once a week. Contributions can range from notification of jobs, internships, fellowships, and scholarships to announcements of campus events, and questions you'd like answered which would be relevant to the recipients of the newsletter.

Upgrade to CECS Lab Computers

The computers in ECS-403 have now been upgraded with advanced graphics cards. All computers (except ecs403win27, and ecs403win28) now have a GigaByte GeForce 7200 GS PCIE video card.

Around Campus

Upcoming workshops at the Career Development Center

The following workshops are taking place this week and are relevant to all:

  • Search & Secure an Internship : Tues, Feb. 19, 10AM to 11AM
  • Resume Writing for Technical Majors : Tues, Feb. 19, 1PM to 2PM. Presenter: Kacie Padilla, Fastenal
  • Professional Interview Techniques for Technical Majors: Wed, Feb. 20, 10AM to 11AM. Presenter: Kacie Padilla, Fastenal
  • How to Succeed at the Engineering, Science & Tech Fair: Thurs, Feb. 21, 1PM to 2PM

The workshops are scheduled in time for the Engineering, Science and Technology Job Fair that will take place on Thursday, February 28, 12pm-4pm in the University Student Union. To see a list of registered employers, go to Participants: 2008 Engineering, Science & Technology Job Fair

February CSULB Academic Communiqué
Free English Tutoring Service by the Learning Assistance Center

The Learning Assistance Center has free English tutoring for students who speak English as a second language. If you would like to improve you English oral fluency & proficiency (pronunciation, listening comprehension and/or oral communication), this service can help. The Learning Assistance Center has trained volunteers standing by, ready to improve students’ overall language skills in order for them to do well in an academic environment. Conversation Lab is located in the Learning Assistance Center, Horn Center #104. It opens Monday through Thursday, 10am-5pm. No appointments are necessary, just drop in anytime. Note, this is not an editing service.

Industry News

Student Organizations


Student Organizations wishing to announce their meetings in this newsletter can send the information to Dr. Monge

ACM Student Chapter

The goal of the ACM Student Chapter is to advance the science and application of information technology by providing students with real world information through guest speakers, workshops, seminars, projects, and other activities. Information about job trends, internships, and scholarships is always updated to help students take a stand in their future career.

The ACM Student Chapter currently has several on-going projects such as OLPC, game development, programming team and competition, and Imagine Cup. Regular meetings are on Mondays at 12:00PM. Location is to be announced. Visit ACM, CSU Long Beach Student Chapter for more information.


EAT is a club for computer enthusiasts in every area, with a special emphasis on embedded systems design. Our members are involved in various design competitions and work in teams to be successful. We offer candy and drinks when you need them most, and through our networking connections with industry professionals, the possibilities for job placement through involvement with EAT are endless! Come to have fun and learn at the same time! Our general body meetings are held each Tuesday at 4pm in ECS-304, and we generally meet on Thursdays at the same time and location for student-led workshops or presentations from industry professionals. Please visit our website Embedded Applications Technology, contact the secretary, or stop by our office in ECS-303 for more information.

Internship/Scholarship/Fellowship Information

2008 Provost's Student Summer Stipend for Research, Creative & Scholarly Activity

The CSULB Provost, Dr. Karen Gould, has announced the 2008 Student Summer Stipend Program. Graduate and undergraduate students at CSULB who meet certain eligibility criteria are invited to apply for the summer stipend program. The purpose of this program is to help engage students directly in research, scholarly and creative activity. Each student who is selected will receive a stipend to support summer participation in research, scholarly and creative activity under the direct supervision of a faculty mentor. Undergraduate students will receive $1500 and graduate students will receive $2000 to support summer participation in the program.

The purpose of the stipend is to encourage students to engage in a significant research, scholarly or creative activity under the supervision of a faculty mentor. It is expected that the proposal will detail a strong faculty-student connection and ongoing interaction during the mentoring period.

To apply, the student and the sponsoring faculty mentor must collaborate to complete the application process. Contact a faculty member you'd like to do research to determine if you can qualify to apply for this summer stipend program.

Applications are due at the Office of University Research on March 10, 2008.

CSULB's Women & Philanthropy Scholarships

CSULB's Women & Philanthropy is providing scholarship support for undergraduate students doing research or creative activity under the supervision of a faculty member. This is the third year this scholarship has been provided. In the past two years $40,000 has been awarded and students can apply for up to $4,000 for this scholarship. It is important for students to provide a budget that is specific on how their scholarship funds would be utilized.

Scholarships will be awarded at a reception on May 7, 2008 and students are expected to attend. Typically students will be using the 2008 summer to work on their project.

APPLICATIONS are due MARCH 17, 2008. Applications are available through the link Women and Philanthropy Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Scholarships provided by the CSULB website through the Division of Students Services/Center for Scholarship Information. Questions may be directed to Barbara Holden at ext 54126.

First American CoreLogic Internship

First American CoreLogic has Software Engineering Internships available in Santa Ana, CA. The positions pay up to $20/hr and applicants must have some knowledge of C#, C++, .Net or Java. Through this internships, students will gain experience in Web Application Development. Recruiters will be at the Engineering, Science and Technology Job Fair at CSULB, so you're encouraged to visit with the company there.

Visit the First American CoreLogic's website for more information about the company and services it provides.

You may Apply Online! for the internships by submitting your resume and cover letter by online at . You will need to Click View all U.S.-Based Career Opportunities, then click Search openings and type 10390BR in the Requisition ID field.

FYI, according to the job description: First American CoreLogi's "Engineering Group follows Agile Software Development (Scrum/XP) utilizing N-tier architectures on J2EE and .NET technology stacks; Open Source (Linux, Apache, Tomcat, Spring, Postgres, Maven, ANT); and Web Applications using HTML, XML, and AJAX. We are one of the largest Oracle shops in Southern California with over 70 terabytes of data on Oracle databases."

Software Development Contest sponsored by Cretaceous Software

Cretaceous Software Inc. recently announced the SOA Software Development Contest. The contest is open to all students attending U.S. universities, and is aimed primarily at undergraduates in computer science and computer engineering programs. Students will develop the software using The Delve SOA Toolkit – it is a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) development environment. The contest requires the use of Delve for development and entries must include 1,000 lines of code written in Tectonic, a service-oriented programming language.

The contest features a grand prize of up to $5000 in tuition assistance, payable directly to the institution the winning contestant attends. For contest details, please see SOA Software Development Contest .

NSF REU Site in Imaging and Computer Vision (iMagine)

This is another reminder of the great opportunities available through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Programs. Here is a description of one such opportunity (emphasis added):

The Department of Computer Science and the Center of Imaging and Optics at Montclair State University are pleased to organize a 8 week intensive undergraduate research program where students will work individually and collaboratively on a wide variety of imaging and computer vision problems benefiting from a group of experienced research mentors. In 2008, the REU site will take place between June 22 and August 15. Four faculty mentors from within the CS department will provide supervision.

Here are some highlights:


SUPPORT: The students will live and work in campus for the project period and will be compensated for their participation with a stipend of $3296. In addition, their lodging in campus will be paid and a daily meal allowance will be provided. Travel to and from Montclair are also covered (up to $500).

ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to computing related majors with at least one year of courses taken within the program of study. In our understanding, computing related areas include but are not limited to computer science, computational science, computer engineering, information technology, information systems, bioinformatics, electrical engineering, physics or mathematics. The students are also expected to know how to program in at least one high level language such as but not limiting to C, C++, or Java.

Eight positions are available each year. One of the students will play the role of peer mentor / student assistant and will start work in March 2008 (with additional compensation).

Funding is limited to United States citizens or US permanent residents. Members of the underrepresented groups are particularly invited to apply.

SPONSOR: This project is jointly funded by the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates and the Department of Defense’s Assure programs.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Montclair State University Research Experience for Undergraduates in Imaging and Computer Vision

Quote of the Week

Good code is its own best documentation. As you're about to add a comment, ask yourself, "How can I improve the code so that this comment isn't needed?" Improve the code and then document it to make it even clearer.

By "S. McConnell" as it appears in Quotations for CS1

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