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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter 17 for AY 2007/08

March 08 2008

by Dr. A. Monge


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.


Dr. Monge's advising hours will be canceled on Wednesday March 12th and Thursday March 13th.

Around Campus

Women & Careers Conference

The Women & Careers Conference will take place this coming Friday, March 14 at The Pointe (at the Pyramid). The conference begins at 9:00am, it is Free and includes lunch! Amazing women will share their stories of success. For details visit the Women & Careers Conference website or call (562) 985-4151.

CSULB Summer Session Abroad

Learn About British Culture, Learn About Energy, Learn About the Environment. Travel to London, England in Summer 2008 (With optional tour to Scotland and France) and earn 6 units of your CSULB GE Requirements. All in less than 5 weeks (June 25-July 26, 2008). Cost: $4,000.00 (plus airfare and meals)

ENGR 302I Energy and the Environment (3-Units). Satisfies GE Category B3 or D2 Capstone and Global Issues. This is a Hybrid Course with 50% Seat Time and will be taught by CSULB Mechanical Engineering Professor Reza Toossi

Link to a flyer (PDF) about this course and to an outline of the course (MS Word).

Contact Professor Toossi at for more information

Industry News

  • Where are the Women in Tech?: As fewer females seek IT jobs, industry tries to shake nerdy image. Published in MSN Career Builder.
  • Study: The Year's Top-10 Web Application Vulnerabilities: Web applications, by far, dominate the list of application security vulnerabilities facing IT organizations. While 29 percent of vulnerabilities are attributable to network and infrastructure weaknesses, a full 71 percent are attributable to both open source and commercial Web applications, according to a report released recently by security firm Cenzic Inc., "Application Security Trend Report for Q4 2007."
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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

IBM Internship in Costa Mesa, CA

IBM has an opening for internship opportunities on the Performance, Scalability, and Integrity team. This team is responsible for ensuring products meet enterprise level performance, scalability, and longevity quality standards. Ideal candidates would be able to set up systems, run tests, gather, and process performance data. As they become more experienced they would begin to assist with data analysis and test design. All work would be done under the guidance of a supervising engineer. This opportunity will provide the student with a valuable learning experience in the arena of enterprise software development.

Skills Required: Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. The successful candidates should have basic VB/Java/Java Script programming skills, and be comfortable with hardware. Knowledge of J2EE Application Servers is desired. Unix knowledge is a plus.

Experience Required: Experience in systems configuration is required. Candidate should be working towards a BS/MS degree in Computer Science with Sophomore or Junior status.

Contact: William Lobig, IBM Senior Development Manager, Costa Mesa, CA 92626,

Raytheon Internships for Electrical Engineering

Raytheon has about 50 internship positions available. To access them, go to Raytheon's College Recruitment site. Once on that page, follow these steps:

  • Select: Find a job
  • Set search criteria as follows:
    • Category: Any
    • Location: CA - El Segundo
    • Type: Intern
    • Field: Electrical Engineering
  • Select Search
  • Look for applicable opportunities for Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Post graduate.
  • Select the requisition number: "SAS108xxx"
  • Follow instructions to register and complete the application

City of Long Beach Internship

Intern with the City of Long Beach in Technology Services. The Department of Technology Services (TSD) for the City of Long Beach is offering an exciting opportunity to anyone interested in kick-starting their career in the technology field.

The Technology Services Internship has been designed to recruit and develop talented individuals who have an interest in using their skills to assist the City’s technology operations. It’s a hands-on opportunity to roll up your sleeves and apply your knowledge to provide real-life solutions to customers.

This four-month internship will expose successful applicants to the fast-paced world of technology in a large municipal setting.

For more information call 562-570-6982 or send e-mail to: The Technology Services Internship website has complete information about the internship positions available and how to apply for them.

Deadline for 2008 Summer Student Stipend is this Monday

All applications for the 2008 Summer Student Stipend must be at the Office of University Research by 5pm Monday March 10, 2008. This summer student stipend program was described in newsletter #14 as 2008 Provost's Student Summer Stipend for Research, Creative & Scholarly Activity

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CSULB Scholarship Opportunities in Spring 2008

All of the applications for the below scholarships are available at the CSULB Center for Scholarship Information (CSI). Also, the College of Engineering has recently added a page listing scholarships relevant to majors in the college.

March 27, 2008 Deadlines

  • Ray and Marge Lancaster Scholarship - for students who are majoring in Economics
  • Lois J. Swanson Essay Competition - for students who want to explore and comment on topics of reflective leadership
  • Long Beach Rotary Millennium Scholarship - for undergraduate students who graduated from a Long Beach area high school or have lived in Long Beach when graduating from high school
  • Ruth Rose Plunkett Scholarship - for undergraduate students who spent time in the LA County foster care system or received welfare from LA County at some point in their life

March 28, 2008 Deadlines

  • Cadence Scholarship - for CECS or EE students who have taken specific Cadence courses
  • Frank Pyka Memorial Scholarship - for junior or seniors in the Chemical Engineering department
  • Victoria Hall Scholarship - for students in the College of Engineering

April 7, 2008 Deadline

  • Gladdes Neff Soroptimist Scholarship - for students in the College of Health and Human Services

April 18, 2008 Deadlines

  • AS Working Student Scholarship - for undergraduate students that work at least 20 hours per week
  • AS Graduate & Professional Scholarship - for undergraduate students applying for graduate school

April 24, 2008 Deadline

  • 49er Textbook Scholarship - for student who have a financial need for textbooks

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.


The Computer Science department at the University of Southern California (USC) is pleased to announce the commencement of our Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site.

The REU site program is a summer internship program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for motivated undergraduate students. Students accepted to the program will work on research projects with faculty at the USC's Computer Science department. Research projects are available in diverse areas within Computer Science spanning robotics, artificial intelligence, software engineering, algorithms, and networks. There will also be programs in professional ethics and a social program specifically designed for the REU site participants.

We welcome students from all backgrounds; we are particularly interested in attracting students with strong research potential who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate school within Computer Science and related fields.

For details about the program, including how to apply and eligibility requirements, please visit the USC CS REU website. Applications are due by March 31, 2008 for the summer 2008 program. Although all applications received by this date will be considered, early applications are strongly encouraged since decisions will be made as completed applications are received.

REU Site at University of Houston

The Engineering Technology Department of the UH College of Technology and the Mechanical Engineering Department of the UH Cullen College of Engineering are pleased to offer a 10 week summer undergraduate research experience sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). There will be 8 projects on sensor networks and security infrastructure sponsored by 9 dedicated faculty. The program starts on May 26, 2008 and ends on August 2, 2008.

The program will choose 12 promising undergraduate students who will enjoy the following benefits.

  • Work in the most ethnically diverse research university in the nation
  • Participate in one of 8 outstanding research projects
  • Attend weekly workshops on research methods, research ethics, project management and related issues
  • Attend field trips to high-tech companies and research institutions in the Houston area
  • Receive a $4,000 stipend for the 10-week duration of the project, in addition to a one-time $1,250 for housing, $15/day for meals for 50 days, and $300 for a travel allowance

Complete information, including application forms, about this REU program is available at the University of Houston's REU Website.

NSF REU Site at Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University, on the north coast of California, is accepting applications for a National Science Foundation: Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF:REU) summer research program. Humboldt will host ten undergraduate research interns for the summer of 2008, with travel and support provided, to work on research related to Design in Computer Science and related fields.

The application deadline has been extended to March 17, 2008; The application form and program information is available at Humboldt State's REU Website

CSU Pomona: Information Technology Competition (ITC)

Our department has been invited to participate in Cal Poly Pomona's Information Technology Competition. This year, Cal Poly Pomona will be hosting the 12th annual competition on May 3rd, 2008. There are 4 areas of which students may choose from to compete in:

  1. Business Systems Analysis
  2. Web Application Development
  3. Computer Forensics
  4. Telecommunications & Networking

Aside from the first, second, and third prizes of $1000, $500, and $250 for each of the four cases, ITC is also a great event for students to network with industry professionals and further their professional careers.

Early registration for the event has started. You can find more information at ITC's website

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Centuria Corporation

Centuria Corporation currently works with the Patent and Trademark Office in Harrisonburg Virginia and are always on the lookout for quality US Citizens to fill a number of different roles in a variety of backgrounds. They have positions available in computer science and several engineering fields. For more information contact: Karen Jorgensen, Senior Recruiter, e-mail:, Direct Phone: (571) 313-4020.

LBUSD College Aide, Technology Support

The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) is looking to hire two college students to perform basic repairs on computers in LBUSD.

Under immediate supervision of Information and Technology Services, the student hires will perform routine upkeep of computer systems at District schools and departments; train District staff in the use of personal microcomputers and software; provide technical assistance to technology support staff and end users; perform related duties as assigned.

Eligibility requirements: Current enrollment in a minimum of 12 semester units at an accredited California college or graduate standing (currently enrolled in 6 Graduate Level Units. Graduate level courses are classes numbered with 500 or higher course numbers.), preferably with a major in an information technology field. Applicants must provide proof of current enrollment in a minimum of 3 units of computer technology, information systems or a closely related field.

The application is available online and must be submitted in person at the College Student Aide Desk. Applications cannot be submitted online.

These are short term positions going until the end of June at the latest. If you have any questions, please call the College Student Aide Desk at (562) 997-8002.

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Quote of the Week

Caller: Hey, can you help me? My computer has locked up, and no matter how many times I type eleven, it won't unfreeze.

Agent: What do you mean, "type eleven?"

Caller: The message on my screen says, "Error Type 11!"

One of a number of Call Center's Best of as it appears in NY Times' Circuits column by David Pogue. Tech Support Gets a Reprieve While Users Take a Hit

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