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Computer Engineering & Computer Science (CECS)

CECS Newsletter 5 for AY 2008/09

September 26 2008

by Dr. A. Monge

Newsletter Index

Announcements

Newsletter Contributions

If you'd like to contribute to this newsletter, feel free to send contributions to Dr. Monge. Contributions can range from notification of jobs, internships, fellowships, and scholarships to announcements of campus events, and questions you'd like answered which would be relevant (primarily) to CECS students.

I would especially be interested to know if you've landed a job, internship, scholarship that you learned about via the newsletter!

Register to vote by October 20

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 presidential election is Oct. 20, so if you are not registered to vote, please sign up today. You can get forms to register to vote at any post office or DMV or from the CFA campus office or Associated Students group on most campuses. You may also request a voter registration form online at the California Secretary of State website.

Textbook exchange website

This was contributed by a CSULB student, I am providing only the most essential information here.

“This free website is iHaveThatBook.com allows students to network with other CSULB students, help them with shopping for books, selling books, buying books, and a new feature to share notes from shared classes! With easy to use features, this website is similar to myspace in the networking capabilities, but it's for school to school. It's taking the college worlds by storm.

We are also working on adding a new section on it for professors, where you can post your syllabus, and any relevant information. If you can simply share this website with your students, that will be awesome, as we are trying to build up the network of CSULB students. The sight can't work without students, as the buying and selling of books is dependant on them! :) Also, let other professors know about it as well! The more people we can get on this website, the larger our CSULB network will be!”

Tutoring of CECS classes

The Learning Assistance Center provides support for free tutoring of several CECS classes: CECS-110, CECS-174, CECS-201, CECS-228, CECS-261, CECS-274, CECS-277, CECS-301. Tutoring is available Fridays between 10am and 4pm in ECS-403.

CECS Lab Information

The department has arranged for one Windows and one Linux to be open on Saturdays 10am to 4pm. The full lab schedule is available in the CECS Lab Schedule webpage.

Graduate Thesis Workshop

A Graduate Thesis Workshop for the College of Engineering is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1, 2008 from 4:45 to 5:45pm in ECS-202.

The Thesis Office will provide an overview of the thesis process at CSULB. The workshop will cover important deadlines, formatting and submission requirements for your thesis. The Engineering Librarian will give a brief overview of library resources available to support thesis development.

Contact the Engineering Librarian, Hema Ramachandran, at hramacha@csulb.edu, for more information.

Advising Corner

Spring 2009 schedule

The department chair is putting the final touches on the Spring 2009 schedule of CECS classes. Look for it in the next newsletter and start planning your Spring 2009 schedule. We will also request feedback on scheduling classes from students that we can then use in scheduling Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 CECS classes.

Registration holds for new transfer students

The College of Engineering requires that all new transfer students (first semester as a transfer student is Fall 2008) have mandatory advising. To enforce this new policy, every new transfer student will have a registration hold for Spring 2009. In order to clear remove this registration hold, new transfer students must first come for advising in the major and for General Education. Major advising is done by Dr. Alvaro Monge for Computer Science and by Dr. Michael Chelian for Computer Engineering. New transfer students should make arrangements for advising once the Spring 2009 schedule is available in order to advise you accurately. As mentioned above, the Spring 2009 schedule of CECS classes will be available soon. New transfer students should study this schedule as well as their degree progress report (using MyCSULB) and then plan to see their adviser. If you have questions, please contact your major adviser.

Around Campus

Free bus rides for CSULB on Long Beach Transit

CSULB and Long Beach Transit have extended indefinitely the U-PASS partnership that allows CSULB students and employees to ride for free on city buses. CSULB's free bus rides have no stop in sight (Long Beach Press Telegram article).

Scholarships/Fellowships

CALVEIN/NASA Space Grant Scholarships

Three (3) scholarships/fellowships are available for the Fall 2008 at CSULB funded by NASA. Of particular interest are students majoring in Electrical Engineering as well as Computer Engr/Computer Science. The deadline for applying is Friday, October 10. Details can be found at the CALVEIN/NASA Space Grant Scholarship website.

Conferences

SCCUR (Pomona, CA)

The 2008 Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) will be hosted by Cal Poly Pomona on November 22 2008. SCCUR spotlights multidisciplinary faculty-mentored undergraduate research and creative achievement from many types of institutions in the Southern California region and fosters appreciation of the important role these activities play as an integral component of undergraduate education.

Important Dates

  • Monday, October 13, 2008: Deadline for Abstract Submission
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2008: Notification of Acceptance
  • Thursday, October 30, 2008: Registration Deadline
  • Friday, November 7, 2008: Late Registration Deadline; deadline for cancellation with refund

Some words from Dr. Colleen van Lent (former BSCS adviser and professor in CECS) who alerted me to this: "The deadline for SCCUR is soon, but it is a local, affordable conference that our students might want to think about. The EAT team for instance could easily publish there."

Internship

IBM Software Group (Costa Mesa, CA)

IBM is looking for several students to work with IBM Software Group, Information Management, Add-on Products Quality Assurance Team. They are located in Costa Mesa, CA and there are 3 internship positions available. I've posted the full description of IBM internship program in the jobs section of the CECS department.

Quote of the Week

"It is extremely unlikely that anyone coming out of school with a technical degree will go into one area and stay there. Today's students have to look forward to the excitement of probably having three or four careers."

In Quotes Daddy by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel and famous for Moore's Law.

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