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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter 8 for AY 2008/09

December 11 2008

by Dr. A. Monge

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Around Campus

Volunteers needed for Web Accessibility Conference (CalWAC4)

On January 12-13, 2009 CSU Long Beach and the CECS department will be hosting the Web Accessibility Conference (CalWAC4) for the second consecutive year.

Some of the world's leading accessibility experts will teach web developers the skills they need to provide accessibility standards, policy, theory and practice for electronic documents and the Web.

Student volunteers are needed to assist during the conference.

What's in it for you?

  • Attend web accessibility classes at no charge, receive free course materials and valuable resources.
  • Free lunch and breaks for volunteers who work an all-day shift.

For complete information and to sign up as a volunteer, see Ms. Karyl Anthony in the CECS Department Office (ECS-552)

To learn more about the conference, visit the CalWAC4 conference web site.

Advising Corner

Advising resumes Spring 2009

There will be no advising from December 15 2008 to January 19 2009. Look for information via a newsletter or posted in the department to determine the new days and times when advisers will be available.

ENGR 310

The College has made changes to ENGR 310 such it no longer satisfies the needs of our degree requirements. The course curriculum has shifted away from "Business Communications in Engineering Profession" and towards satisfaction of the GWAR. Due to these curriculum changes, we can no longer accept ENGR 310 to satisfy our needs for technical writing and communication in the engineering profession. Students who have yet to satisfy this requirement are required to take ENGL 317 as the curriculum of that course does still satisfy our requirements.

Note that ENGL 317 is being offered over the Winter session for those of you who are looking to take a class during this time. Currently one section is closed and the other has a waitlist, so you'll need to petition with the instructor to determine if you can register.

Spring 2009

Important deadlines

Enrollment services maintains a page with list of important deadlines for Spring 2009.

Enrollment in classes

It is critical that students enroll in Spring 2009 as early as possible. The department may need to make decisions to cancel certain sections of classes if the enrollment is too low. You can help by enrolling in classes now, otherwise, classes may be canceled. Any cancellations will be carefully considered and announcements will be made to accommodate students if needed.

Permits to register in classes

If you're having trouble enrolling in a CECS class that you believe to meet the prerequisites for, please send e-mail to your adviser requesting for a permit. Please be sure to identify the class (CECS 326), class number (4 or 5 digit numbers) and section number (two digit number) of the class you want to register in. Finally, always include your student id number with e-mail messages to advisers. Your adviser will access your degree progress report to verify you meet class prerequisites.

Transition from C++ to Java in CECS 174/274/277

In Spring 2009, all CECS 174 and 274 classes will use Java as the language of instruction. Section 01/02 of CECS 277 will use C++ and section 03/04 of CECS 277 will use Java.

Students who are required to take CECS 261, but who will have completed CECS 174, 274, 277 using Java as the programming language are required to enroll in CECS 282 rather than CECS 261. Knowledge of C and C++ is a requirement to computer systems classes (e.g. CECS 326 Operating Systems and other networking classes). Students should consult with their advisers as they are the ones who can help in determining which class to take.


Internship in Switzerland

Internship in software development with NetGuardians, located in Yverdon-les-bains (Y-Parc) - Rue Galié 15 - Switzerland.

NetGuardians SA is a start-up company founded by IT security and software design experts from the biggest research institute (IICT) of the University of Applied Sciences Vaud. Based in Switzerland (Yverdon-les-Bains), NetGuardians SA has been recognized multiple times for its innovative technologies. From its expertise in security audit event (logs) management and its strong platform of security event management, NetGuardians SA responds to the needs of organizations seeking to optimize their IT governance and security.

The proactive and productive centralization approach of NetGuardian's security management solution has enabled NetGuardians SA to become a major local player in security management. In its phase of strong growth, NetGuardians is looking for talented and hard working students, who are looking for an international experience.

Internship description: The intern will work with the R&D department of NetGuardians. He or she will work closely with a senior software engineer in charge of extending new functionalities of graphical representation of security audit information. This task includes technologies such as Netbeans RCP, backend spring, Hibernate, JUnit, OSGI.

NetGuardians platform infrastructure is designed to efficiently manage security events (logs, alerts detectors Intrusion). This gives administrators a variety of ergonomic tools that select, correlate, and interpret millions of daily events that may provide evidence of criminal activities within a network. The evidence of a crime is provided by a correlation of intelligent events. This solution allows to document, report security metrics to administrators. These documents allow, for example, assessing the security policy of the company and providing a benchmark vis-à-vis the standards in place.

Development environment: SVN, Eclipse IDE, NetBeans IDE, Maven, Eventum Bugtrack, OpenOffice, MediaWiki, Ubuntu

Required skills:

  • Open to Computer Science students
  • Willing to work in a startup environment
  • Flexible, communicative and creative
  • Good knowledge in Java (Netbeans RCP, Maven, Hibernate)
  • Able to work collaboratively and autonomously

NetGuardians offers:

  • A dynamic environment in a start-up company
  • The opportunity to express one's creativity
  • Enriching experience in informational innovative technologies
  • Free lodging in Switzerland or a negotiable salary
  • Employment: 4 to 6 month
  • Salary: negotiable

For more information and to apply, contact:
Raffael Maio
VP and CTO
e-mail: Contact NetGuardians

Note: This internship has become available due to the partnership that our department has with HEIG-VD, a University in Switzerland. It is through this partnership that 29 CSULB students and two faculty from the CECS department have traveled to Switzerland to study for three weeks these past two summers. Raffael Maio has participated in this partnership from its inception. The internship is being made available to students from CSULB and San Jose State University as a result of this partnership.

NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

The NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program Application is now available on-line. The application due date is January 30, 2009. You must be a sophomore at the time of application to be eligible. The program will award approximately 100 undergraduate students, U.S. citizens only, who will be a junior in the Fall 2009.

Program Information and on-line Application Materials available at the Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program website.

Some of the benefits of the Scholarship program:

  • Up to $8,000 in academic assistance per school year for up to two years
  • 10-week, paid ($650/week) summer internship with additional housing subsidy

Some of the requirements:

  • US citizenship
  • minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a number of education programs available including scholarship and fellowship program and summer internship program. Visit their website for more information on the DHS Education Programs.

DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program

  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Funding available for Fall 2009
  • Full tuition and monthly stipends
  • Includes 10-week summer internships at federal research facilities or DHS Centers of Excellence
  • Application Deadline: January 6, 2009

DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program

  • Undergraduate students
  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Funding available for Summer 2009
  • 10-week summer research experiences at federal research facilities
  • $500 weekly stipends plus transportation expenses to/from the internship location
  • Application Deadline: January 5, 2009



The University has some technology jobs available. You can find them by visiting the University's employment site. Once there, click on the New and Returning Applicants link. Some of the jobs listed include:

  • Desktop Support Specialist
  • Application Developer
  • Web and Software Application Developer

Spring Job Fair

Mark your calendars, the Spring 2009 Engineering, Science and Technology Job Fair will take place Thursday, February 26, 2009, 12:00-4:00pm.

The Career Development Center has a list of employers currently registered

Quote of the Week

Twas the night before finals, and all through the college,
The students were praying for last minute knowledge.
Most were quite sleepy, but none touched their beds,
While visions of essays danced in their heads.

Out in the taverns, a few were still drinking,
And hoping that liquor would loosen their thinking.
In my own room I had been pacing,
And dreading exams I soon would be facing.

My roommate was speechless, his nose in his books,
And my comments to him drew unfriendly looks.
I drained all the coffee, and brewed a new pot,
No longer caring that my nerves were all shot.

I stared at the notes, but my thoughts were muddy,
My eyes went ablur, I just couldn't study.
"Some pizza might help," I said with a shiver,
But each place I called refused to deliver.

I'd nearly concluded that life was too cruel,
With futures depending on grades made in school.
When all of a sudden, our door opened wide,
And Patron Saint Put-It-Off ambled inside.

His spirit was careless, his manner was mellow,
All of a sudden, he started to bellow.
"On Cliff's notes, on Crib notes, On Last Year Exams.
On Wing-It and Sling-It and Last Minute Crams."

His message delivered, he vanished from sight,
But we heard him laughing outside in the night.
"Your teachers have pegged you, so just do your best,
Happy Finals to All, and to all a Good Test."

By Andrew Hund as it appears in TidBits: Twas the Nite Before Finals.

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