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50th Anniversary Year (2020-2021) of Computer Science at Scranton - Click for More Information


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Computing Sciences Colloquia
Date: 10-5-21Time: 11:30am
Location: BRN 228, Pearn Auditorium
Details: Title - "Computer Science & Entrepreneurship - Lessons Learned" Abstract - Geoff Speicher and Jason Washo are both software development company owners and graduates of the University of Scranton Software Engineering program. Both of their educational and professional journeys include many ups and downs and share a variety of similarities and differences. These stories should provide computer science students that possess entrepreneurial goals with some useful pointers, lessons, and inspiration. The presentation will also discuss helpful assets that are generally available to assist early-stage ideas/companies. Bios - Geoff Speicher - Geoff is a 1997 B.S. Computer Science graduate and 1999 M.S. Software Engineering graduate from The University of Scranton. Geoff began his technology career at TR Associates, his family business in Archbald. He founded Software Engineering Associates (SEA) in 1999 to provide custom software services as a complement to the hardware business. SEA merged in 2014 to form UM Technologies, with a focus on scaling and selling an energy analytics platform. After a successful market exit in 2018, UM Tech rebranded as Cloudshadow venture resources, where Geoff's current project (Artmatcher) just recently hit the iOS App Store for early adopters. Jason Washo - Jason is a 2005 B.S. Network Engineering graduate from Keystone College and a 2013 M.S. Software Engineering graduate from The University of Scranton. Jason began his technology career at Diversified Information Technologies, Inc. (now EDM Group) in Scranton, PA where in 15 years he worked his way from a mailroom supervisor to Sr. Director of Software Development in 15 years. In 2015, Jason founded Sho Technology Solutions, LLC, a multi-national software development company, and now directly provides software development services for a variety of natural gas, pharmaceutical, financial, and Fortune 500 companies.

Fall Open House
Date: 10-24-21Time: 9:00am
Details: The Computing Sciences Department will be participating in the Open Houses set for Sunday October 24th and Sunday November 7th. Visitors to campus will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and students in both formal and informal settings.
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Computing Sciences Colloquia
Date: 9-21-21Time: 11:30am
Location: BRN 228, Pearn Auditorium
Details: TITLE: CORPORATE CULTURE ABSTRACT: When evaluating companies for employment, job seekers take many different things into consideration including position, salary, benefits, and location. While all important, sometimes overlooked and equally as important is the working environment and the many, less well defined criteria that fall under the broad definition of Corporate Culture. When choosing a place where you will be spending 40+ hours a week for potentially many years, you want an environment that fits your needs, in which you can grow and advance in your career. This presentation will address many aspects of corporate culture for consideration for your first or next employment opportunity. BIOGRAPHY: JIM FOX '85 (jim@foxnj.com) BS Computer Science - University of Scranton - 1985 Software Developer - The Scranton Times - 1985-1989 MS Computer Science - The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 1990 Bellcore, SAIC, Telcorida, Ericsson Software Developer, Team Lead 1991-1997 Manager/Director 1997-2017 Product Areas Performance Management Network Engineering Wireless Network Planning Billing Mediation Real-time charging systems

Ian O'Hara - Thesis Presentation
Date: 5-10-21Time: 10:00am
Details: Title: ShiftWork: An Employee Shift Scheduling System Zoom ID: 958 5657 3481

Sean McTiernan - Thesis Presentation
Date: 5-5-21Time: 10:00am
Details: Title: BetterMe Zoom ID: 913 6332 1428

Computing Sciences Colloquia Contact cynthia.tokash@scranton.edu for details
Date: 5-4-21Time: 11:30am
Details: Title: How the Laws Will Impact Your Careers in any Technology Field Abstract: Various laws will affect you on a daily basis throughout your career. When you are hired, you will be required to sign an agreement with your employer that will govern the rights in any software or other materials you develop while employed. Use of any software in your job will be governed by license terms dictated by the software developer that are important for you to understand. Even open source software is governed by license terms that can vary significantly. Restrictions on the use of certain data are being implemented at a rapid pace. Michael Bevilacqua, a 1978 graduate of the University of Scranton will provide an overview of the principal intellectual property laws that protect software and other technology, and will highlight some other significant legal issues which you are likely to encounter during your careers. Biography: Michael Bevilacqua recently retired from the international law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (aka WilmerHale) where he was a partner in the intellectual property and corporate departments. Mike graduated from the University of Scranton in 1978 with a double major in computer science and mathematics, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1979 with a Master's degree in computer science and in 1982 from the Boston College Law School. During his career, Mike worked for some of the most significant technology companies in the world including Intel, Apple, Analog Devices, Cisco and Red Hat. In the late 1980s, Mike represented the Open Software Foundation which was a consortium formed by 9 out of the top 10 computer companies in the world to build an alternative to the UNIX operating system. In the early to mid 1990s he represented Spyglass which had the exclusive license to the Mosaic browser, on which Internet Explorer is based. For the past 6 years he represented a consortium of the 23 US stock exchanges which were ordered by the government to build a consolidated audit trail of all trades made on the exchanges, which is now considered the largest financial database in the world.

Computing Sciences Colloquia Contact cynthia.tokash@scranton.edu for details
Date: 4-20-21Time: 11:30am
Details: Title: 30 Years of Linux and Open Source Software Abstract: The Linux operating system celebrates its 30th birthday this year. Even if you don't directly use Linux as your primary operating system, it's all around you: in cloud services, embedded devices, and many servers that power the Internet as well as even many wireless routers. Operating systems such as Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and many others are Linux-based. Many Docker container images use Linux. In short, it's everywhere. Many developers aren't aware of the history behind open source operating systems, why and how Linux was created, how it was created as a direct result of the open source software movement, and the impact Linux has had on the software community and wider culture. Join David Grizzanti, 2006 graduate of the University of Scranton, and Nithya Ruff, Executive Director, Open Source Office, Comcast and Chair, Linux Foundation Board of Directors to discuss the future of Open Source and how its influenced our professional careers over the years. Presenter Biographies: Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Comcast's Open Source Program Office. She is responsible for growing Open Source culture and transformation inside of Comcast and driving engagement with external communities. Nithya has been director-at-large on the Linux Foundation Board for the last 3 years and was recently elected to be Chair of the Linux Foundation Board. She looks forward to advancing the mission of the Linux Foundation around building sustainable ecosystems built on open collaboration. She has been a passionate advocate and a speaker for opening doors to new people in Open Source for many years. Nithya graduated with an MS in Computer Science from NDSU and an MBA from the University of Rochester, Simon Business School. You can follow her on twitter @nithyaruff and you can find her on https://www.linkedin.com/in/nithyaruff/ David Grizzanti ('06) earned his BS in Computer Science and MS in Software Engineering at the University of Scranton. Since graduation, he has worked at various technology companies across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, gaining extensive experience building and operating large distributed systems at scale. He is currently a Senior Principal Software Engineer at Comcast, where he oversees the development of multi-tenant software platforms that support tens of millions of customers across North America.

Version Control - Hands-On Contact cynthia.tokash@scranton.edu for details
Date: 3-29-21Time: 8:30pm
Details: Title: Learning about Version Control with Git/GitHub Abstract: In this event, you will get to learn in a hands-on way how to create and add to your own projects on GitHub. This activity will include both hands-on activities and live demonstrations. You will learn about how to use version control and contribute to open source in the future, starting off with customizing your GitHub profile page using a feature called profile READMEs. We'll show you the whole process of cloning, committing, pushing, pulling, and creating pull requests. By the end of this event you'll have a much better understanding of git in practice, a useful and well-appreciated skill for the workplace and personal projects! Presenters: Alexa Baldon ('22), Timothy Gallagher ('23), and David Grizzanti ('06)

Admissions Open House
Details: Each fall the University holds day-long, campus-wide open house events, which in part, provide opportunities to learn more about the Department of Computing Sciences. Visitors to campus are invited to join faculty and students in both formal and informal settings for scheduled Meet & Greet opportunities, Information Sessions and Department Visits. Open Houses are typically held on Sundays in late October and early November.

Admissions Preview Day for Accepted Students
Details: Each spring the University holds a day-long campus-wide event for all students accepted for admission, which in part, provides opportunities to learn more about the Department of Computing Sciences. Scheduled events include presentations, panel discussions, and department visits which provide ample opportunities to meet and speak with faculty and students from the department. Preview Day is typically held on Saturday in late March.

High School Programming Contest
Location: Loyola Science Center
Details: Area high schools are invited to bring teams to compete in a programming contest hosted by the Department of Computing Sciences every year in the spring. Teams of two or three students use a programming language to solve computer-programming problems. Awards are presented to the top three teams.

UPE Induction Ceremony and Dinner
Location: The DeNaples Center
Details: The Pennsylvania Gamma Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, The International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines, was chartered at the University of Scranton in 1985. Those who qualify for membership in this honor society are inducted at an induction ceremony and dinner held yearly in May.
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