Dean's Update - May 2012
On May 12
, SPSU held its 103rd commencement ceremony. Some 430 students graduated, including
more than 90 from the School of Computing and Software Engineering.
As has become customary, CSE hosted a reception for its spring and summer graduates
and their family and friends the evening before commencement. The reception was very
well attended with almost 200 people at the event. The reception was sponsored by
UPS and I am of course grateful to UPS and Jeff Jones, a member of the CSE Dean’s
Development Council, for their sponsorship.
We also used the reception to have our graduating students take the pledge of the
computing professional, a project that Dr Dasigi has been working on (http://www.computing-professional.org/
). We received sponsorship for this from BlueWave Computing, and I would like to
thank BlueWave Computing and its CEO Dr Steve Vicinanza, another member of the CSE
Dean’s Development Council, for their support.
ANDY WANG LEAVING CSE
Dr Andy Wang, chair of the Department of Information Technology, will be leaving SPSU
over the summer to take up a position as dean of the College of Applied Sciences and
Art at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Andy of course deserves our heartiest
congratulations on this. I am sure that he will make an enormous contribution to
his new institution.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank Andy for his tremendous service to
SPSU in general and CSE in particular. Under his leadership, enrollment in and, more
importantly, the number of graduates from our various IT programs has grown dramatically.
For example, the MSIT is now the largest graduate program at SPSU. At the same time,
he has also ensured that the quality of our programs in IT has further improved, as
witnessed by the ABET CAC accreditation for the BSIT program.
However, Andy's contribution has not been limited to IT. For example, it was Andy
who first suggested that we try to get a program in Computer Game Design and Development.
Andy's departure will no doubt leave a big hole, and we will have to determine how
best to fill this hole. In the meantime, I am pleased to announce that Becky Rutherfoord
will step in as interim department chair.
ANDERSON RECEIVES DOD INFORMATION ASSURANCE SCHOLARSHIP
Brian Anderson, a student enrolled in our MS Computer Science program, recently received
news that he has been awarded a scholarship under the Department of Defense (DoD)
Information Assurance Scholarship program. The program was started by the DoD to
make sure that the US would have the personnel capable of defending its cyber-infrastructure.
In addition to a generous scholarship, Brian will also be offered a position with
a federal agency. Brian of course deserves our congratulations, as does the Center
for Information Security Education, which was instrumental in helping secure the scholarship.
MCVEY NAMED AS TOP TEN WOMAN IN TECHNOLOGY
Lisa McVey, a member of the CSE Dean’s Development Council, was named as one of the
top ten women in technology for 2012 by little PINK book. (http://littlepinkbook.com/resources/pink-list/top-women-tech
). Little PINK Book was established to help professional women advance in their careers.
Lisa of course deserves kudos for yet another recognition of her achievements.
STUDENTS PRESENT AT TECHNICAL CONFERENCE
A group of 5 students, who had been working under the tutelage of Dr Kai Qian, recently
presented a paper at the ACM South East Conference in Tuscaloosa in Alabama. The
students were Li Zhengzhe, Teng Zhao, Dong Ren, Yang Zhang, and Lei Wang, and their
paper was entitled “Learning Applications of Multi-tasking Signal Analysis of Fourier
Transform Based on Smart Mobile Devices”. Both the students and Dr Qian are to be
congratulated on this important achievement.