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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter 20 for AY 2007/08

Cinco de Mayo 2008

by Dr. A. Monge


Advising Corner

Registration Permits

As explained in the last newsletter, students who have problems enrolling in a class due to prerequisites may send e-mail to Dr. Alvaro Monge to request a registration permit. The e-mail must contain the following information: full name as it appears on University records, student ID, and class numbers and sections number of classes requesting permission to enroll. Once a permit is entered into the system (may take up to 3 days, depending on when the request was received and processed), students must use MyCSULB to register in the requested section.

Changes to prerequisites

There have been changes to prerequisites for several courses. These prerequisites take effect immediately. If a prerequisite is not listed as a requirement in the academic year a student is bound to, then an advisor can waive such a prerequisite and be allowed in the class. Otherwise, students are required to follow the currently established prerequisites for a course.

There is one course, CECS 470, for which we will accept the previous course prerequisites. The new prerequisites will be modified to correctly reflect what the course coordinators desire. Thus, if you want to register in CECS 470, you may do so by satisfying the following 2007/08 catalog description: Prerequisite: CECS 277. Prerequisite/Corequisite: CECS 323, ENGR 350. If there are any questions about this, please send stop by for advising or send e-mail to your advisor.

Fall 2008 Classes

Be sure to always check the online schedule of classes as it is the most up to date. You can search this schedule using MyCSULB or you may also view a schedule created nightly. You can also check this daily snapshot of the schedule by other departments.

Microsoft Student Partners Program

The Microsoft Student Partners (MSP) Program recognizes top young minds from around the world who are passionate about technology. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop real world skills to help students succeed in their future career, to help others learn about technology and to connect with other like-minded students, all while having a ton of fun along the way! MSPs are encouraged to share their passion and knowledge and to undertake a number of fun activities on campus such as hosting Xbox gaming tournaments, planning & marketing events, demoing new technologies, hosting Tech Talks with student developers, and blogging about their experiences & passions. In return MSPs get access to numerous benefits including Microsoft software, reference materials, and training, as well as privileged information about future opportunities. If you are passionate about technology or marketing, the MSP program wants to hear from you!

To find out more, US students should visit the Microsoft Student Partners (MSP) Program website.

Industry News

  • Microsoft abandons Yahoo bid: "After weeks of negotiations and posturing, Microsoft is giving up its efforts to buy Yahoo, saying that the price the Internet firm is demanding is too high and that any hostile takeover battle would cause enough damage to make the union unappealing" from The Washington Post.
  • Macs in the enterprise: "Corporate interest in Macs is up dramatically among IT executives, driven by changes in what the Mac has to offer, by Apple's success in the consumer market and its other niches, and by corporate trends where, thanks to virtualization and a migration to Web-based applications, Windows' grip on the desktop may be starting to loosen just a bit." From Computer Worlds by IDG News Service.

Imagine Cup Participants

A Cal State University Long Beach team from the CECS department competed in this year's Imagine Cup 2008, sponsored by Microsoft. The US finals took place in Los Angeles on April 21st. The team of Michael Larson (President of the ACM student chapter), Aaron Mercer, Josh Wall, and Mike Dowd competed in the finals of the Software Design Competition. The goal of their entry is to allow Facebook users to organize and find carpools for commuting to school and/or work. This fits within the overall theme of "The Environment" for this year's Imagine Cup. Here's a description that appeared in the Forbes website:

  • The Gridlock Guys: With transportation accounting for a significant portion of U.S. energy consumption in 2006, but with mass transit not always a cost-effective or feasible near-term option, the four Gridlock Guys from California State University at Long Beach have come up with a software program that offers a way to reduce transport-related fuel consumption when public transit is not available. Their project, GotARide, incorporates a Facebook application and a Web map service, and allows prospective ride sharers to find an automatic match with other car-poolers based on their commute route and schedule.

The full article provides a good description of the Imagine Cup competition. It is written by Joe Wilson who is the senior director of academic initiatives for Microsoft. The LA Times also had a blog entry about our very own Gridlock Guys.

Visit the Imagine Cup website to read more about the competition and start preparing for next year!

Internship/Scholarship/Fellowship Information

Boeing Internship on Service Oriented Architecture

Boeing has an internship opportunity which is posted in the Jobs section of the CECS website. This is a great internship opportunity as the description states "The candidate will be groomed to become a Network Centric Operation Avionics integration subject matter expert on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) based airborne networking system."

CALVEIN/NASA California Space Grant Scholarships

Two scholarships funded by the NASA California Space Grant Consortium are available for work on the CALVEIN project. Each scholarship is $3,500 for work during this summer. The requirements and application for scholarship are posted on the college website.

Undergraduate research opportunities for women

May 9th is the application deadline for two programs designed to provide research experience to undergraduates and women. The two programs CREU (Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates) and MRO-W (Multidisciplinary Research Opportunities for Women) were described in the newsletter #19.


Google Santa Monica and Google Irvine

Google Santa Monica and Google Irvine are looking for engineers with great aspirations. Are you a talented software engineer or visionary computer scientist anxious to work on the next big thing? We're looking for exceptional people who love to work on innovative products, such as Google Audio and Picasa, in a great environment (we have free food, a game area, massages – and being just a few blocks from the beach isn't bad, either). We need engineers who can take us to the next level – and the one after that – and believe passionately in our mission: to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Quote of the Week

"I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them."

by Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992). As it appears in The Quotations Page

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