Council of Computing Majors to meet 12-12:45 Wed, Nov 20 in BIO LH1


The UMBC Council of Computing Majors (CCM) will meet from Noon to 12:45pm on Wednesday, November 20 in BIO 101 (Lecture Hall 1 in the building behind the Biology Building). The CCM is a student organization representing undergraduate computer science and computer engineering majors and anyone else with an interest in computing. Everyone is welcome.

At this meeting, students from Professor Nilanjan Banerjee’s Mobile, Pervasive and Sensor Systems Lab (MPSSL) will talk about their research. Their lab currently focuses on application areas that include renewable energy, healthcare applications and mobile phone systems as well as theoretical work on network topology compression and analytical modeling of hybrid mobile networks.

IEEE Job Search Workshop

IEEE – Job Search Workshop

12:00-1:00 Monday, 11 November 2013, ITE LH 7

Join IEEE for a job search workshop. A Career Services’ expert will give a presentation tailored for STEM grad students. Learn about job search techniques that work best for those in a STEM major and start your search now.

It could take up to 9 months to find a job after graduation… Don’t wait until your last year to start looking for a job.

Kick start your job search with us, November 11th, at noon, in Lecture Hall 7. No matter where you are in your studies, it’s never too early to start job searching. Lunch will be served!

RSVP online.

Google glass: Council of Computing Majors, Noon Mon. 11/4, MP 103



The Council of Computing Majors (CCM) will meet from Noon to 12:45pm on Monday, November 4 in MP 103. The CCM is a student organization representing undergraduate computer science and computer engineering majors and anyone else with an interest in computing. Everyone is welcome.

At next week’s meeting, three computer science graduate students, Prajit Das, Primal Pappachan and Roberto Yus, will demonstrate Google Glass and talk about how they are using it in their research.

Google glass is the latest cool gadget in town. Developed by Google, it is is a wearable computer with a head mounted display. We will talk about the technical capabilities of Google glass as well as about developing apps for it using the Mirror API and the Android Software Development Kit. We will also give a live demo with the device where we will show some apps we developed.

Council of Computing Majors to meet 12-1 Mon, Oct 21 in ADMIN 101

The UMBC Council of Computing Majors (CCM) will meet from Noon to 1:00pm on Monday, October 21 in room 101 in the Administration building. CCM is a student organization representing undergraduate computer science and computer engineering majors and anyone else with an interest in computing. Everyone is welcome.

At next week’s meeting, Austin Murdock will give an overview of Raspberry Pi and Arduino technology and lead a discussion about possible CCM group projects involving them.

The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive, credit-card-sized single-board computer that runs Linux and Arduino is a single-board microcontroller used to make using electronics in multidisciplinary projects more accessible. Their low cost, size and power requirements make them ideal for building novel embedded applications in a familiar Linux environment using open source software.

Talk on graduate school and summer research, Noon Wed. 10/16

Dr. Evelyn Erenrich from Rutgers University will talk on “An Inside Look at Graduate School and Summer Research: How to Prepare, Get Accepted, and Succeed” at Noon on Wednesday, October 16 in room 208, Public Policy.

In addition to discussing strategies for research success, Dr. Erenrich will spotlight exciting programs and interdisciplinary training opportunities at Rutgers University, including a summer program, RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering), which has included many UMBC students. Mr. Immanuel Williams, a UMBC alumnus who is currently a doctoral Fellow at Rutgers, will be joining me to give his personal perspective. Students can also sign up for individual appointments by contacting Ms. Alicia Hall,

Computing Council of Majors to meet, Noon Mon 10/7, Admin 101

Council of Computing majors

If you are a computer science or computing engineering major, you should consider joining the Council of Computing Majors (CCM). This is a student organization that represents undergraduate CMSC and CMPE majors. Austin Murdock and Amanda Pyryt have revived the CCM and will lead the initial meeting for the year this coming Monday, October 7th from 12-1pm in Admin 101.

If you are interested in speaking with other Computer Science and Computer Engineering majors at UMBC, or interested in learning more about computing please feel free to attend! This year we are also introducing a system to set up study groups for your major.

The initial meeting will include a presentation from a Windows representative about Windows 8.1. This is the first major major update for the Windows 8 operating system and is expected to be released later this month.

Considering graduate school in a STEM program?

UMBC students interested in learning more about pursuing a graduate program in a STEM area should consider taking advantage of a free GEM GRAD Lab event to be held at the University of Virginia on Saturday, September 28th. UMBC is a co-sponsor, along with UVA and VA Tech and will provide free bus transportation. See here for more information and details about how to reserve a seat on the bus. The event will cover topics that include why go to graduate school, how to apply to graduate school, how to fund graduate school and voices from the field.

CSEE Hi Tea starts 3pm Fri. 11/13

Hi Tea is back with a bang! Registration is now open for the Fall 2013 CSEE Hi Tea Competition. Hi Tea is a student-run social event held (nearly) every Friday from 3:00 to 3:30 in the third floor hallway of the ITE building outside the CSEE Department suite (325 ITE). All students, staff, faculty and friends of the CSEE Department are welcome to attend. Each week, a group of students will plan and assemble simple refreshments for the event. This Fall we will repeat the popular competition used in the Spring (see some photos).

Let's come together to cheer and vote for the competitors, have some food, mingle with old friends and make new ones. Here are the rules:

  • Form groups of one to four members. Teams do not have to have all members from the same lab. So feel free to form a group with any of your friends from the CSEE Department.
  • Create a name for your team.
  • The winning team will be chosen from a weighted combination of votes. One vote will result from attendees. Another vote will come from faculty judges. Ties will be resolved by faculty judges.
  • Each team should limit their presentation to $15. Therefore, each team will be reimbursed up to $15. Each team must save their receipts and submit them to Jane Gethman to obtain their reimbursement.
  • Teams will be judged on creativity, presentation, and budget planning. It is preferred that you list how you managed your expenses for the judges to verify limit-to-$15 rule.
  • Each week, two teams will compete against each other (). The winner will proceed to the next round.

Hi Tea will proceed for eight weeks. After that, the winner, first runner-up, and second runner-up will receive a $100, $75, and $50 gift certificate, respectively.

The following dates are reserved for fun-filled special editions of Hi Tea. No teams will compete on these days. Stay tuned for more details!

  • 25-Oct-2013: Halloween
  • 1-Nov-2013: Diwali
  • 22-Nov-2013: Thanksgiving


For questions, comments, and registration, email the following Hi Tea committee members:

  • Raghavendra Shruti Rao ( )
  • Genaro Hernandez Jr ()
  • Rukmini Ramakrishnan ()

UMBC Game Developers Club to meet Noon Wed. 9/11

The first meeting of the UMBC Game Developers Club (GDC) will be held at Noon on Wednesday September 11 in Engineering 005a. Potential new members and people curious about the process behind video games are welcome. In the first meeting, club president Paul Tschirgi will review the club purpose, organization and activities and describe the guidelines for the game idea selection process. Information on last year's projects can be found on the GDC project page.

The GDC was originally formed in 2005 with the goal of giving students from varied backgrounds a chance to work together and make games. The GDC accepts members from any major or background, including computer science, digital art, computer modeling, information systems, and music. If you would like to know more about the organization, feel free to visit our forums or come to one of our meetings. Currently, the GDC meets every Wednesday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in the the GAIM Lab (ENGR 005A). Dates for meeting, workshops and other GDC related events are posted on the GDC Google Calendar.

Baltimore software craftsmanship user group meetup at UMBC


The UMBC ACM student chapter is glad to announce the first meetup of Baltimore Software Craftsmanship User Group. This meetup is for the students and software developers in the Baltimore, MD area that care about the quality of their work and want to practice and improve their programming skills, share what they know and learn new things from others.

Please RSVP for the event by completing the form. More details can be read on the form or below.

Note: Registration for this initial meetup is limited to only twelve people from the UMBC community. If you are UMBC Student or Faculty please don't RSVP on the meetup site. Use the above form only.

Event Details

This is a HANDS-ON coding user group with no presentations. Each meeting will be a dojo where we will go through a challenging software craftsmanship exercise that focuses on clean code, test-driven development, design patterns, and refactoring. We will pair up and practice on a kata in order to learn and apply the values, principles, and disciplines of software craftsmanship. Come with your LAPTOP equipped with your favorite programming and automated unit testing environment. If you don't have a laptop COME ANYWAY, we will need only one laptop for every two people. Be prepared to pair up, learn, share and have fun!

The event is open to all UMBC students, however programming ability is REQUIRED. Interested Faculty members can join in too! This can also be a good opportunity to network with professionals from various companies and get yourself noticed for any job opportunities that exist.

Questions or Suggestions? Send email to Primal Pappachan (primal1 at or Vladimir Korolev (vkorol1 at

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