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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter 13 for AY 2008/09

May 13 2009

by Dr. Alvaro Monge

CECS Newsletter Index

Around Campus

$7,000 donation to CSULB Engineering Student Organizations

Union Pacific Railroad Supports CSULB Engineering Students with $7,000 Donation. A press release by CSULB reports that… "In recognition of California State University, Long Beach's (CSULB) ethnic diversity within its College of Engineering (COE) and throughout the campus, Union Pacific Railroad has donated $7,000 to the COE to create several scholarships for students studying engineering."

College of Engineering Commencement

Graduation is around the corner! The last (and best!) of all the commencement ceremonies of the week will be for the College of Engineering and will be on Friday May 29th at 5pm. During the ceremony, a number of students will be recognized for their academic success while at CSULB. Congratulations to the following students from our department who will be among those recognized. Each of them is being recognized by the department for their outstanding academic achievements – congratulations!

  • Mark T. Tokutomi – Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate in Computer Science
  • Carla Anne Corl – Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate in Computer Engineering
  • Timothy J. Perfitt – Graduate Dean's List

Advising Corner

No advising until Fall 2009

This week ending May 15, the advisors conclude their advising duties for the semester. Advising will resume with the start of the Fall 2009 semester – the week of August 24th.

During the summer, students with urgent matters regarding advising may contact the department office to determine the availability of the department chair. Only urgent matters that cannot wait until the start of the Fall 2009 semester will be addressed over the summer. Please contact the department office via phone at 562-985-4285 or contact Ms. Karyl Anthony via e-mail. Be sure to provide sufficient information regarding your inquiry, including your student id number, whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student, and your major.

Fall 2009: Changes to the schedule

The department chair has made several decisions regarding the Fall 2009 class schedule due to a recent retirement announcement and also due to low enrollments in some class sections. Here is a summary of the decisions made, you will start seeing these changes on the schedule this week, all changes have been approved and will take effect:

  • All sections of CECS 110 are hybrid
  • CECS 174 section 11/12 will be moved from 2:00-4:15 PM, T/Th, to 1:00-3:15 PM, M/W. The rooms will also be changed. This change in day and time may require a new section number so look for it on the schedule once changes are completed.
  • The instructor of CECS 201 section 9/10 is now Ward
  • The instructor of ENGR 350 section 1 is now Chelian
  • CECS 323 section 3/4 has been canceled due low enrollment (only 5 students enrolled), the enrollment cap of the remaining section, CECS 323 section 01/02, has been increased to accommodate more students.
  • The instructor of CECS 343 section 3/4 is now Hoffman
  • The instructor of CECS 343 section 5/6 is now Gold
  • CECS 343 section 1/2 has been moved from 1:00-3:15 PM, M/W to 2:00-4:15 PM, T/Th. The rooms will also be changed. This change in day and time may require a new section number so look for it on the schedule once changes are completed.
  • CECS 362 has been canceled (0 enrolled as of 5/5). Computer engineering students who wanted to take this course Fall 2009 must consult with their advisor, Dr. Chelian.
  • The instructor of CECS 341 sections 3/4 is now Allison
  • The instructor of CECS 424 section 1 is now Gittleman
  • The enrollment cap of CECS 461 has been increased to 15 students to accommodate more students
  • The instructor of CECS 491 section 1 is now Monge
  • The instructor of CECS 543/643 sections 1/2 is now Hoffman

There may be additional changes to come especially with regards to class sections that are under-enrolled. As was mentioned in the previous newsletter, under-enrolled classes will be canceled. That has happened already and additional steps may be taken if the enrollment remains low in some class sections. If you have yet to enroll do it soon so that our enrollment is strong and to prevent further changes.

Furthermore, the schedule has incorrect information regarding the language used in CECS 274 and 277. ALL sections of CECS 174, 274, and 277 use Java as the language of instruction. The notes on these classes mention C++, that is inaccurate, all these classes are taught using Java.

Computer Engineering CECS 460A, 460B

Computer Engineering students will notice that CECS 460A and 460B are not on the Fall 2009 schedule of classes. These courses have been replaced and thus do not exist anymore. Students who still need to take these two courses may be able to enroll in CECS 460 and 463, respectively. Note that each student should first consult your advisor, Dr. Michael Chelian to approve your eligibility to be able to take these two courses. There are circumstances that some students may not be able to do so.

CECS 261

Any student who has yet to satisfy the CECS 261 requirement should send e-mail to Dr. Monge. I will collect information on the number of students who need to satisfy this requirement. I will use the information I collect to make a recommendation to the department chair on what the department can do to help address this issue since we no longer offer CECS 261. Students are encouraged to find a course equivalent at a community college, but must have this course pre-approved by an advisor.

Industry News

  • Sun To Be Acquired by Oracle: "In a move that will have significant ramifications on software development, open source and enterprise datacenters, Oracle today [April 20 2009] said it has agreed to acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of cash and debt."
  • Technology Transfer Tactics Puts University IP Database Online: "Technology Transfer Tactics, a monthly newsletter published by BizWorld that covers the conversion of research into products, and FreePatentsOnline have formed an alliance… to offer an online, publicly available database of all patents held by major universities in the United States"
  • "Fantastic Voyage" Not So Far-fetched: "A new paper published in the May 2009 issue of the oldest continuously published magazine in the United States, Scientific American, asks readers to imagine producing vehicles so small they would be about the size of a molecule and powered by engines that run on sugar. To top it off, a penny would buy a million of them".
  • National Science Foundation Awards Millions to Fourteen Universities for Cloud Computing Research On April 23, "the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced it has awarded nearly $5 million in grants to 14 universities through its Cluster Exploratory (CLuE) program to participate in the IBM/Google Cloud Computing University Initiative. The initiative will provide the computing infrastructure for leading-edge research projects that could help us better understand our planet, our bodies, and pursue the limits of the World Wide Web"
  • Free Stanford course on developing software for iPhone and iPod touch comes to iTunes U "Want to know how to write programs for the iPhone and iPod touch? Beginning this week [April 1 2009], a Stanford computer science class on that buzzworthy topic will be available online to the general public for free… videos of the classes will be posted at Stanford on iTunes U two days after each class meeting. Copies of the slides shown in class will be available there as well."


AISES Google Scholarship

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase substantially the representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives in science, engineering and other related technology disciplines. Each year AISES provides a number of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Returning in 2009, the AISES Google Scholarship will fund eleven scholarships at $10,000.00 each. This scholarship is for students majoring in computer science and computer engineering. There is a flyer available in the department office which highlights the AISES Google Scholarship.

The deadline to apply to the AISES Google Scholarship is June 15, 2009.

All eligibility criteria and the scholarship application are available at the AISES Scholarships website.

Supercomputing 2009: Broader Engagement Program

Supercomputing is the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. The SC 2009 conference will take place November 14-20 in Portland Oregon.

The Supercomputing 2009: Broader Engagement Program is aimed at increasing the involvement of individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in the HPC field. For SC09, the Broader Engagement, Education, and Student Volunteer Programs have joined forces as SC Communities to create some special opportunities!

The BE Program offers grants to support participation at SC09 by individuals from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in HPC, such as African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, the physically challenged and women. In addition to receiving complimentary conference registration, grant recipients will be reimbursed for their SC09 lodging and transportation expenses. We encourage applications from students and young professionals in all computing-related disciplines.

Participation grant applications will be accepted between April 1, 2009 and August 3, 2009. Recipients will be notified in early September. To apply, visit the SC09 Submissions Website.

SC 2009 will also have a Student Job Fair and a Mentor/Protege Program

Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering

Two summer school programs are provided by the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering:

  • August 3 to 7, 2009: Scaling to Petascale. The application deadline for this summer school is May 18, 2009. This Virtual School summer school will provide graduate students with knowledge of the challenges, opportunities, techniques, and evolving resources for scaling science and engineering codes onto petascale computing systems. High-definition streaming video of the course will enable students to participate from multiple locations, including the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the University of Michigan, and Louisiana State University. Participating students will have access to high-performance computing systems at NCSA, NICS, and the Texas Advanced Computing Center.
  • August 10 to 14, 2009: Many-Core Processors for Science and Engineering Applications. The application deadline for this summer school is May 18, 2009. Students will be provided with knowledge and hands-on experience in developing applications software for many-core processors, such as general purpose graphics processing units (GP-GPUs). High-definition streaming video of the course will enable students to participate from multiple locations, including the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and the University of Illinois, Chicago.

The Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship

The Grace Hopper Scholarships cover a combination of conference registration (which includes most meals), lodging, and fixed amount of travel reimbursement funds. The majority of scholarships are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students, however, junior faculty, members of non-governmental organizations, and non-profits are eligible to apply.

The deadline to apply is May 27, 2009 (Midnight CDT) and as part of the application you will be asked to submit an essay, resume/CV, GPA (grade point average) and class rank and letter of reference (to be uploaded by your reference). Please note that only undergraduate and graduate students are required to submit a letter of reference. Interested students should visit the Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship website for full details.

Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities

On April 15th, Google announced their partnership with Lime on a new scholarship program for students with disabilities who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in Canada or the U.S.

The deadline to apply for this year's Lime Scholarship is June 1, 2009. For complete details, visit the Google Scholarships website or via the Lime scholarship website.

Big 10+ Graduate School Expo

Students are provided with comprehensive information regarding graduate education in the fields of Engineering, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Science, Technology and other Science-related disciplines. Students from all institutions of higher education are encouraged to attend, and travel scholarships are available!

The Big 10+ Graduate School Expo will take place September 27-28, 2009 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Students who join the mailing list by June 1st will be entered in a drawing for a free registration!

J. Michael Brinkman Scholarship Fund

The Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) is pleased to announce the opening of the submission period for the fourth annual J. Michael Brinkman Scholarship Fund. Awards his year include monetary scholarships, registration to the renowned HPA 2010 Technology Retreat and stipends for winning students' instructors for a total value of $8,000. Former winners have included individuals working in post and students from California State Universities at Northridge and Long Beach, LA City College, Chapman College and Duke University. Application is open to an individual who works and lives, or intends to after finishing school, in Southern California and meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • A student currently working toward a degree or certificate and taking a minimum of 9 credits with a strong interest in a creative, business, technical or engineering career in post production
  • OR Currently working in the post production industry in a creative, business, technical or engineering role and looking to advance their career
  • OR Currently working in the entertainment industry in a creative, business, technical or engineering role and looking to cross over into a career in post production.

One of the goals of the scholarship is to have students consider the broad range of opportunities in post production. The industry is robust and diverse and looking for talented individuals in all fields. For additional information and to enter, visit J. Michael Brinkman Scholarship Fund website. Application form and required materials must be in the HPA office no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2009. Awards will be announced on July 30, 2009. Applicant does not need to be an HPA member to apply.


D.Leon Consulting in Long Beach, CA

D.Leon Consulting Engineers is a local engineering firm in Long Beach mainly doing Caltrans, MTA, and Light Rails, Airport, Roads/streets and Water projects. They are interested in hiring a CSULB student with the following qualifications:

  • Seeking a degree in computer science and/or civil engineering
  • Able to handle printing and plotting from existing equipment
  • Able to solve printer, computer and plotter problems. Ink loading, and ready to call and discuss with Cannon repairs issues.
  • Able to absorb the existing computer files at our computer systems from others office computers , for proceeding with existing work
  • Knowledgeable in AutoCAD (al least) and Micro station
  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft office programs: Word, Excel, and others such as photo shop,etc
  • Able to scan documents and to type and print small and large size engineering reports
  • Computer sciences/engineering background with good taste for civil engineering
  • Able to fix easy hardware and software computer problems
  • Good communication skills , oral and written

This is a part-time position. The salary offered will be in accordance with experience and willingness to work in a small company environment

Interested students can apply by submitting their resume via e-mail.

Sechrist Industries in Anaheim, CA

Sechrist Industries builds hyperbaric chambers. The company is located in Anaheim, CA and they are looking to fill a Software Engineer / Programmer position for their Research and Development division.

The Position has the following responsibilities:

  • Develop new software and/or enhance existing software using National Instruments Labview Software Developer Suite, Microsoft Windows XP embedded, Visual Basic, and My SQL running under Windows operating system.
  • Coordinate development of software system with outsourcing partners.
  • Test, debug, and support PC based software.

These are the requirements for the position:

  • B.S. in Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent.
  • Three (3) years experience developing software running under Microsoft Windows environment.
  • Must be knowledgeable in Windows operating system including trouble shooting at Kernel level.
  • Must have thorough knowledge and experience using National Instruments Labview Developer Suite, Microsoft Windows XP embedded, Visual Basic, Visual C, and C#.
  • Must have experience implementing relational data base using SQL, specifically MY SQL data base.

Interested students may submit their resumes via e-mail to the HR Generalist, Ms. Alissa Roseli

Quote of the Week

"Toughest Final Exam… Medicine: You have been provided with a razor blade, a piece of gauze, and a bottle of Scotch. Remove your appendix. Do not suture until your work has been inspected. You have fifteen minutes."

As found in That was funny website. Good skill in your own final exams – that's a quote that a colleague used for his students since it's not a matter of luck but a matter of skill!

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