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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 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.

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

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

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)

Computing Sciences Colloquia Contact cynthia.tokash@scranton.edu for details
Date: 3-23-21Time: 11:30am
Details: Title: What is Version Control? An introduction to git and gitflow Abstract: Github has become ubiquitous in the software industry for code storage and collaboration, but what is the basis for this industry? In this session we'll explore the history of version control, the different flavors that existed prior to git and popular companies running version control "as a service" today. Also, we'll discuss how developers use these tools in their day to day and a deep dive into a popular workflow called gitflow. Presenter Biographies: 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. Joseph Gnall ('18) earned his BS in Computer Science and MS in Software Engineering at the University of Scranton. Since graduation, he has worked for a government contractor in Arlington, Virginia. He has gained substantial experience in software development and cloud computing. He has also transitioned his company from a legacy version control system to a modern git based version control system. He is currently working as a Software Engineer at Eagle Technologies Inc, where he administers the company's version control system, project management system, cloud infrastructure, and acts as a developer for an active government contracted system. Daniel Ricker ('20) earned his BS in Computer Science and MS in Software Engineering at the University of Scranton. Since graduation, he has been working as a Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin.

Computing Sciences Colloquia Contact cynthia.tokash@scranton.edu for details
Date: 3-2-21Time: 11:30am
Details: Title: IBM Quantum - How can you become a part of it Abstract: For almost 40 years, quantum computing has intrigued and amazed scientists and non-scientists in its future possibility for solving problems that are intractable using classical computing. Over the last four years, IBM has made real quantum computers available on the cloud so that clients, students, and researchers can begin to learn and experiment with this new way of computing. We'll see what potentials exist in various industries, the state of quantum computing today, and how you can get on the right path to make the earliest use of this rapidly evolving technology. Speaker Name: Andy Hacket Speaker Bio: Andy has a degree in physics and business and enjoys solving hard IT problems for his customers. Andy grew up in England and Austria and choose California as the place to raise his kids. Andy is an avid cyclist and sailor in his spare time. He has been at IBM for over eight years now, and works as Pre-sales Architect for Cloud Computing and Managed Services, and is an IBM Quantum Ambassador.

Computing Sciences Colloquia Contact cynthia.tokash@scranton.edu for details
Date: 2-23-21Time: 11:30am
Details: Title printf("Hello Real World"); Abstract The transition from academia to the workplace can be challenging but luckily it's a well-paved path. Several alumni and software veterans with 50+ years of combined unique experiences will give an overview of what to expect as an entry-level programmer. Topics to be covered will include how programming professionally differs from classroom assignments, what your first project might be like, and what you might expect for your future employer and teammates. Get an overview of what it's like to work as a professional software developer and how to thrive in your early career and beyond. Bios Jim Buckridge ('93) received his BS in Computer Science from Scranton and an MS in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. After getting his start at AT&T and Dow Jones, he ended up working in the niche field of life insurance policy administration systems. Having left the world of salaried employment in 2011, Jim now works as an independent contractor serving life insurance carriers and the vendors who serve them. Recent clients have included Accenture, Verisk, TIAA, USAA, and AIG. Jim has happily been able to remain "hands-on" - working in C++, Java, C# and always has at least one SQL window open. Chris Filachek ('96) received his BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from Scranton and soon his MS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Chris started his professional career soon after graduation with IBM, and now as a Senior Software Engineer has over 20 years of experience working on its Transaction Processing Facility (TPF), a high volume transaction processing system supporting the Travel and Transportation (airlines, hotels, & car rentals) and the Finance industries. He has experience across a wide variety of areas, including operating system development, C/C++ and Java runtime environments, and database managers. Keith Quinn ('01) received his BS in Computer Science from Scranton and later his ME in Systems Engineering from Cornell. Keith is defense contractor, a Software Engineering Manager, at Lockheed Martin, the company that gave him his start nearly 20 years ago. He has held various roles in software engineering adhering to in-depth software processes. His current responsibilities include the recruitment and hiring of both college and ex-pro candidates.

Sean McTiernan - Thesis Presentation
Date: 11-18-20Time: 2:00pm
Details: Topic: MyWorkout Zoom ID 913 4418 0951

Donald Vispi - Thesis Presentation
Date: 11-17-20Time: 2:30pm
Details: Topic: Algorithm-Based Stock-Market Recommendation Tool Zoom ID 919 0603 5835

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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