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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter 8 for AY 2009/10

April 20 2010

by Dr. Alvaro Monge

Around Campus

Advising Corner

Spring 2010: Final drop deadline

Friday April 23 is the last day to drop a class without the college dean's signature. Withdrawing from a class at this time results in a W in a student's transcript and it also goes towards the unit limits for withdrawals from a class – this limit was described in a newsletter this past Fall 2009.

In almost all cases, withdrawal in the last three weeks of classes (after April 23) will involve total withdrawal from all classes due to the serious nature of an illness or injury.

Fall 2010: some notes

New curriculum being rolled out

There are curriculum changes that are taking effect Fall 2010. This does not affect current students. The most significant change is that CECS 100 is now a prerequisite to CECS 174 which is why you will not find CECS 174 in the Fall 2010 schedule. Again, the curriculum changes affect primarily incoming students and those who declare their major effective Fall 2010 or later.

Several students have also observed that MATH 222 is not on the schedule. I will address this issue in the next newsletter.

CECS 406: Mobile Applications Programming

This is a special topics class and it is expected to be a new elective in the curriculum. The class will be taught by Dr. Gittleman and will cover programming of Android and iPhone devices. For more information, contact Dr. Gittleman via e-mail.

Enroll early

Students are strongly encouraged to enroll early for Fall 2010 classes. Budgetary constraints continue and it is important that students register in their classes. The department studies the enrollment to determine if demand is met; whenever a class is under enrolled, it is a candidate to be canceled so it is important for students to enroll in their classes.

Guest speaker from Electronic Arts

Richard Benson, a CSULB graduate now at Electronic Arts, will speak about his experiences as a game programmer on Monday May 10, 4-5pm in ECS 308. Everyone is welcome.

Industry News

  • New Hiring Formula Values Math Pros: "Wall Street Journal article's Bay Area technology companies ramp up hiring out of the recession, they are in hot pursuit of a particular kind of employee: those with experience in statistics and other data-manipulation techniques."
  • Computer Science Major Counts Up Second Year in a Row: "More students are majoring in computer science for the second year in a row, increases that counter the steep decline the field saw during the latter half of the last decade."
  • Tech Sector in Hiring Drive: "As the technology industry recovers from the recession, many companies have sharply boosted their hiring plans. The hiring increase began in late 2009 when demand for tech goods and services stabilized after months of decline."
  • Programming With Purpose: "The University of Washington recently held a reception that enabled computer-science and engineering undergraduate students to show off new accessibility applications to the local blind, deaf, and deaf-blind communities. The students developed five phone applications for blind, deaf, deaf-blind, or cognitively impaired users, to fill the requirements of their capstone design class on accessibility applications."

Internships and Jobs

Web Developer and Designer Positions

A recruiter contacted the department about a Web Developer and Designer positions as described below:

Web Developer Requirements:

  • Knowledge of following languages:
  • Actionscript (Advanced level) HTML, PHP, XML, MYSQL and CSS

Web Developer Responsibilities:

  • Planning with creative and designer.
  • Determine development time.
  • Selection of technologies and solutions that will facilitate development.
  • Define programming language for every project.
  • SEO
  • Create structure for database.
  • Standardize Web Browsers.
  • Install Server.
  • Develop user manual.

Web Designer Requirements:

  • Vast Knowledge on managing Adobe Suite Systems, particularly Flash.
  • Knowledge (medium to expert level) of programming language Actionscript, HTML, XML and CSS.

Web Designer Responsibilities:

  • Strategic Planning.
  • Analysis of technology and requirements.
  • Graphic concepts, prototypes and usage.
  • Creation of Images and Optimization.
  • Upload to Flash HTML and CSS.
  • Support archives to be edited.
  • Optimization.

Both Positions Require:

  • Ability to work in a team oriented environment.
  • Interest in keeping up with new technologies and trends in the market.
  • Experience and capabilities in the industry.
  • Full time.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish)

Salary starting at around 35,000 per year or depending on the experience. Interested Candidates should contact Lucy Guerra, Executive Recruiter at (805) 807-9925 or send resume via e-mail

Laserfiche: Multiple Positions

Laserfiche has multiple Software Engineering Positions available. For more information about careers at Laserfiche, please visit our Web site at

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