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Department Events

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Computing Sciences Colloquia
Date: 4-19-24Time: 3:00pm
Location: BRN 228
Details: Title: Interview Questions - Good and Bad Answers Jim Fox '85 Abstract: Job interviews are one of the most important and most stressful steps when applying for a new position. From what to wear, to what information should you share, to how you should present your skills and experience to ensure the employer has the best view of how you can fill the position they are hiring for. This can be especially challenging for college students, with limited interviewing experience, as they look for their first internships or first full time jobs. This presentation will give an overview of the process, discuss a set of common interview questions and some good and bad answers to those questions. Bio: - BS Computer Science - University of Scranton - 1985 - Software Developer - The Scranton Times - 1985-1989 - MS Computer Science - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 1990 - Bellcore, SAIC, Telcordia, 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

Computing Sciences Colloquia and ACM Distinguished Speaker
Date: 3-22-24Time: 3:00pm
Location: LSC 133
Details: Title: GPUs in Machine Learning and Big-Data Era: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dr. Mohamed Zahran, Ph.D. Abstract: We live in an era where data volume, diversity, and speed are skyrocketing. As a result, two main tracks are needed: algorithms to deal with that and hardware to process it. In this talk, I will discuss the second track. What GPU advances can benefit data sciences and machine learning (ML) in general? What can we expect in the near future? Is it only about parallelizing an application? Are GPUs the final word? Where do GPUs excel in the big data + ML era? Where do GPUs suffer? Bio: Mohamed Zahran is a professor with the Computer Science Department, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University. His research interests span hardware/software interaction, high-performance exascale computing, architecture of heterogeneous systems and biologically inspired computing. He has more than forty refereed papers; and recently published a book, through ACM books, about heterogeneous computing from hardware and software perspectives. Zahran took many roles in the organizing committees of several ACM and IEEE funded conferences, such as Computing Frontiers (CF), IPDPS, HPCA, ICS, and SC. He also served in review panels at governmental institutions such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DoE); as well as a reviewer and member of technical program committees of many conferences and journals from both ACM and IEEE.

Computing Sciences Colloquia
Date: 2-23-24Time: 3:00pm
Location: LSC 133
Details: Cloud FinOps: What Is It and Why Do We Need It? John McGivern '86 Abstract Since Amazon Web Services (AWS) first brought the public cloud to life, it has been revolutionizing how compute has been provisioned and consumed. The public cloud (including Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and others) has allowed capacity on demand, real-time elasticity of workloads and much faster time to market for new features. Although it started as mainly Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), it has vastly expanded into Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and ultimately, Everything as a Service (XaaS). Although extremely flexible and powerful, the cloud can also be a runaway train of expenses if not managed effectively. The Cloud FinOps discipline was invented to help organizations avoid out-of-control spend while maximizing the value to features and services that the cloud offers. In this seminar, we will review the concepts of the traditional on-premise, compute environment and the differences when operating in the cloud. We will then dive into the cost challenges of operating in the cloud and explain how the FinOps framework addresses these issues. By the end of this discussion, the students will have a much better understanding of the cloud environment, its challenges, and how to succeed in the cloud as they take their next career steps. Biography John McGivern ('86) received his BS in Computer Science from the University of Scranton and his Masters in Management from Penn State University in 1998. He is currently Senior Director of Cloud FinOps Consulting for Trace3, a leading IT solutions provider based in Irvine, CA. In his role, John works with customers to optimize their cloud platform for cost-effectiveness and manageability. John is a seasoned information technology executive with extensive experience in the design, development, operation and automation of large-scale data centers and fulfillment systems. He has managed all types of on-prem solutions during his career along with migrations to the public cloud.

Computing Sciences Colloquia
Date: 2-9-24Time: 3:00pm
Location: LSC 133
Details: The Elements of R&D Style: A Guided Discussion on Navigating Your Internship and Career Dr. Joseph D. Touch '85 Abstract This presentation is intended as a forum for interns to learn about and discuss issues not addressed by academic experience or explicit professional training, but which are often acquired slowly over a career. Each section addresses different topics, including: documenting your work, writing shared code, professional ethics, proposal development, juggling multiple projects, and reviewing. Each session provides a brief introduction and will include ample time for discussion. Biography Dr. Joseph D. Touch is a Principal Scientist in the Information Systems and Cyber Division at The Aerospace Corporation. He supports a variety of projects including quantum key distribution (QKD), proliferated low Earth orbit (LEO) networking, MILSATCOM networking, and ground systems architectures. He was previously the Postel Center Director and a research professor at the University of Southern California s Information Sciences Institute (USC/ISI), publishing more than 170 papers and receiving 5 U.S. patents in virtual network architecture, Internet protocols, nonlinear optical computing, and quantum networking. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, a senior member of the IEEE and OSA, a member of Sigma Xi, and actively participates in the development of Internet protocol standards. Touch has a dual bachelor s degree in biophysics and computer science from the University of Scranton, a master s degree in computer science from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Computing Sciences Colloquia
Date: 12-1-23Time: 3:00pm
Location: BRN 228 - Pearn Auditorium
Details: Student Internships, etc. Panel More than a dozen current students will each offer brief presentations on their recent internship, and other such, experiences. Afterwards, they will serve as a panel to answer questions and to discuss their experiences. Tim Gallagher - CS'23,SE'24 Samuel Goncalves - CS'24 Emily Alexa Gotiangco - CS'26 Nicholas Guerra - CS'24,SE'25 Stephen Haggerty - CS'24 Jonathan Janosky - CS'25 Cuong Nguyen - CE,CS'23,SE'25 Frank Nicolaro - CS'23, SE'24 Elif Onat - CS'24, SE'25 Jay Patel - CS'25 David Reese - CS'24,SE'25 Simal Sami - IT'24 Ethan Thomas - IT'24 Rob Troy - CS,EE'24 James Vail - CS,CC'25 Liam White - IT'25

Computing Sciences Colloquia
Date: 10-27-23Time: 3:00pm
Location: LSC 133 - PNC Auditorium
Details: TITLE: Our Experiences Less than Two Years After the U PRESENTERS: Evan Esposito '21,'22G, Thomas Maccari '21,22G, James Ruff '21, Justin Thomas '21 ABSTRACT: Earning a college degree is a demanding enough task without the challenge of what comes afterward. Between further education, the job market, and other opportunities life may present, making a decision can seem overwhelming. The purpose of this presentation is to share the experiences of four recent graduates and answer questions to provide insight and encourage current students to consider what they hope to achieve after their studies. The presenters will introduce themselves and share their experiences at Scranton. They will go on to discuss their time in the job market and where their searches have led them, two or fewer years after graduation. The presenters will conclude by taking questions from the audience. BIOGRAPHIES: Evan Esposito graduated from the University of Scranton in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree and continued into receiving his Master of Science in Software Engineering degree in 2022 through the department's combined program. He is currently a Full-Stack Software Engineer at NextShift, a healthcare technology company based in Bethlehem, PA. Thomas Maccari is a software developer at Computer Aid Inc (CAI), a Software, IT, and cybersecurity solutions company based in Allentown, PA. He graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in Computer Science in 2021, and again in 2022 with his Masters in Software Engineering. At CAI, he is currently part of the team on the PennDOT contract working to support and maintain KEES, a web application that facilitates the creation, submission, and documentation of construction permit applications that eventually become the bridges and road work you see in Pennsylvania today. James Ruff graduated from the University of Scranton in 2021 with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Philosophy. He took a position at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ as a Technical Support Specialist 3 months after graduation, and remains there today. Justin Thomas completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Scranton in 2021. He is currently enrolled in the Master's program in Software Engineering from the University. After graduation he plans to enlist as an Officer in the United States Navy.

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.

SE Thesis Schedule
Location: LSC
Details: Devin Diehl - Integrating SAMI3 with the Ionospheric Raytracing Toolkit PyLap 5/1,Wednesday 2-3pm LSC116 David DiCesare Jr. - Diamond Team Management - A Web and Mobile-based tool for baseball team management 5/2, Thursday 1-2pm LSC118 Frank Nicolaro - Groupfly: the Application to Revive Social Interactions 5/6, Monday 2-3pm LSC118 Justin Thomas - Occupancy and Waypoint Coordination Application 5/7, Tuesday 12-1pm LSC091 Morgan McGuire - Revising, Expanding, and Developing a Mobile Application for VaryTrade, a Preexisting Web Application 5/8, Wednesday 4-5pm LSC091 Keny Melgar - MANOS Motion activated Nodes Operating System 5/9, Thursday 11:30-12:30pm LSC091

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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