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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter 16 for AY 2007/08


Newsletter Contributions

If you'd like to contribute to this newsletter, feel free to send contributions to Dr. Monge 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.

Around Campus

Email from BeachBoard to Yahoo, Hotmail and MSN Accounts being blocked

Email messages sent from BeachBoard to email accounts such as MSN, Hot Mail, and Yahoo (not CSULB email accounts) are being blocked. BeachBoard Services is aware of the problem and is in contact with Blackboard as they work on a resolution. In the interim, users may want to change their preferred MyCSULB/BeachBoard email addresses to CSULB email accounts.

Graduate Thesis Workshop

A Graduate Thesis Workshop for the College of Engineering has been scheduled for Wednesday March 5, 2008, 4:30 - 5:30pm, in ECS-208. The Thesis Reviewer will provide an overview of the thesis process at CSULB. The workshop will cover important deadlines, formatting and submission requirements for theses. Also, Hema Ramachandran, the CSULB Engineering Librarian, will give a brief overview of library resources available to support thesis development.

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Industry News

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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 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.

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Internship/Scholarship/Fellowship Information

2008 Swiss Summer Program

The deadline to apply for the 2008 Swiss Summer Program has been extended. Applications are now due by March 31. Selected students will have until April 18th to make a commitment to participate in the program.

For full information on this program including application process, course descriptions, please visit Dr. Monge's website on the Swiss Summer Program. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Alvaro Monge via e-mail

NSF REU Program application deadlines approaching

The deadlines to apply for NSF REU Programs are approaching fast. NSF maintains a list of NSF REU Programs in Computer and Information Science and Engineering.

The list includes REU sites at Harvey Mudd (Pomona, CA), Humboldt State University, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz.

NSF REU Site at University of Maine

|Supercomputing Undergraduate Program in Maine (SuperMe)

SuperMe provides scientific exploration ranging from engineering to sciences with a coherent intellectual focus on supercomputing. Our REU site provides ten-week summer research experiences for ten undergraduates each year. With integrated expertise of ten faculty researchers from both computer systems and domain applications, SuperMe allows each undergraduate to conduct meaningful research, such as developing supercomputing techniques and tools, and solving cutting-edge research problems through parallel computing and scientific visualization. Besides being actively involved in research groups, students attend weekly seminars given by faculty mentors, formally report and present their research experiences and results, conduct field trips, and interact with our ITEST participants.

The program offers a $4,000 stipend, dining and housing support, travel costs reimbursement. The 10 week program starts on Tuesday May 27 and ends on Friday August 1 2008.

The application deadline is Friday March 14, 2008.

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CSULB's Educational Talent Search seeks MS Access developer

CSULB's Educational Talent Search has a position available for a Computer Assistant that they would like to fill immediately.

Responsibilities: The student hired will be responsible for updating and maintaining an existing MS Access database. Student will also be hired to redesign the program as needed to assist in data collection. Finally, the student hired will also oversee the porting of the MS Access database, forms, and reports to MS Access 2007.

Qualifications: Knowledge MS Access software and programming experience.

Salary: $12.00 - $15.00 per hour, depending on experience.

Interested students should call (562) 985-5387 or visit the offices of Educational Talent Search at the Foundation Building, Suite 255.

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Quote of the Week

As soon as we started programming, we found to our surprise that it wasn't as easy to get programs right as we had thought. Debugging had to be discovered. I can remember the exact instant when I realized that a large part of my life from then on was going to be spent in finding mistakes in my own programs.

"Maurice Wilkes discovers debugging, 1949" as it appears in Programming Quotations

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