Google Applied CS workshop

This Wednesday at 7:00pm ACM will be hosting our first Google Applied CS workshop. This is an event sponsored by Google, and will include free pizza.

The workshop will have each student do the first lesson in the free Google Applied CS online course. The intention of the course is to build upon Computer Science knowledge learned inside the classroom by exposing students to new concepts outside the classroom. Students will learn in a completely hands-on way by building Android Applications. Students will work at their own pace, and we will be there offering help and guidance. 

In addition to teaching the basic of Android Development, the first lesson will also focus on HashMaps and HashSets. Both of these data structures are very important to learn as they are frequently used during interviews at top companies. The earlier you are exposed to these concepts, the better!

Before attending, be sure to follow the steps heregoo.gl/sGX2mi . It is important to bring a laptop with Android Studio installed so that you may begin programming immediately.

Thanks,
Aiden Chiavatti

President of Behrend ACM

Nittany AI Challenge Resources

1.    The Nittany AI Challenge overview page on the EdTech Network website

2.    The Nittany AI Challenge Canvas space, which contains all challenge info and submission details  — you need to login your PSU Canvas to access them with the submission form. 

3.    The Nittany AI Challenge Slack Channel where you can post questions, discuss ideas, seek team members, etc.

4.    The 2-minute Nittany AI Challenge rundown video on Youtube

5.  A longer-form, 40 minute overview of the Nittany AI Challenge that includes a full walkthrough of the process, criteria, and challenges.

 

Best wishes and good luck as you assemble your ideas and prepare to submit your proposal(s) by January 29th!

Opportunities Abound: The Nittany AI Challenge!

Time: Thursday January 18th 6:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Burke 001 at Penn State Behrend

Stream Live Online: ZOOM Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://psu.zoom.us/j/177723950 Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16468769923,177723950#  or +16699006833,177723950#

We are pleased to invite you to a seminar to learn about the opportunities and explore how to apply AI technologies to challenges in higher education.

Over the past year the EdTech Network has developed a series of programs to improve the student experience by engaging in AI and related technologies to address challenges in higher education. The Opportunities Abound seminar looks to explore the opportunities available to expand and grow work toward a shared vision. We’ll explore the programs and provide next steps for getting engaged!

Please join us for a chance to engage and learn more about the opportunities to explore solutions to improve the student experience!

Pizza and drinks will be available.

Dr. Meng Su, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Dr. Larry Ragan, , Principal Community Aggregator, Penn State EdTech Network

Brad Zdenek, Innovation Strategist – EdTech Network

Opportunities Abound Agenda

6:00pm  Welcome (Drs. Meng Su/Larry Ragan)

6:10pm  Overview of the Nittany AI Challenge (Brad Zdenek)

6:20pm  Review of Successful Nittany Watson Experience (Dr. Meng Su and students)

6:40pm  Open Discussion of How to Succeed at the NAIC!

7:00pm  Adjourn

 

See this link about the project description: https://www.edtechnetwork.psu.edu/challenge

The Third annual Behrend Local Hack Day

Please see the message from Aiden Chiavatti, President of Behrend ACM for the local Hackathon!

Hello all,

This weekend we will be hosting our third annual Behrend Local Hack Day.  It will begin on Saturday December 2nd at 9:00am in Burke 001, and will run for 12 hours, ending at 9:00pm. For anyone interested in attending (Behrend students/faculty only), be sure to sign up at https://hackday.mlh.io/localhackday-57df. This is a great opportunity for students to work on whatever interests them, without the pressure of a large hackathon. We encourage all programming students to attend, whether you are a seasoned hacker looking to make something amazing, or if you simply want to hang out and work on homework together.

We will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as handing out some swag (stickers, pens, domains etc). You can find a schedule for the event in the link above. We also have a message from one of our sponsors:

The .tech squad is offering a FREE .tech domain and the chance to win the .tech Category Prize – $150 Amazon Voucher! Cool, eh? Find out how – bit.ly/2hWYmP7
See you on Saturday,
Aiden Chiavatti
President of Behrend ACM

Our Students Rock in the HackPSU!

On November 4th, over 60+ Behrend students competed against nearly 600 students in HackPSU Fall 2017. This is the highest Behrend turnout we have seen in recent years, with over 4 times as many participants as last year!
The Behrend students showed off their technical prowess with many interesting and original projects, with four groups winning a total of five prizes:
(* denotes non-Behrend teammates)
Project: Krypt
Challenges Won: 3rd place overall HackPSU Fall 2017
Team Members:
Nick Brougher
*Keegan Harris
*Kyle Spencer
*Rachel Cooper
Project: EZ-park
Challenges Won: Winner of GM Challenge, 3rd place Blackboard Challenge
Team Members:
Brandon Bench
Hozaifa Abdalla
Daniel Lopez
Fernando Carrillo
Dustin Reimold
Project: DynAdvisor
Challenges Won: 1st place Winner of IBM Watson Challenge
Team Members:
Jacob Davis
Ali Malik
Alakh Naik
Austin Higgins
Project: TradeOff
Challenges Won: Winner of BNY Mellon Challenge
Team Members:
Conrad Weiser
Ryan Seipp
Dan Kovalevich
*Matt Kerner
Click the links above to see more info about each project. You can also browse other projects which were not winners, as there were a lot of interesting ideas this weekend!
Thank you for everyone’s support of this event, and hopefully we will all be back to compete again in the Spring!
Aiden Chiavatti
President of Behrend ACM
P.S. Special thanks  goes to following:
The EdTech Network at University Park connected us with a NYC based AI company IPSoft to have sponsored us coach bus for the trip.
Tom Rossi, CSSE faculty member went with students to this event.
Behrend ACM student chapter president Aiden Chiavatti helped to organize our students for this competition.
Dr. Su

Microsoft Principal Program Manager Deb Mcfadden Will Speak (Skype) To Behrend Students on Monday 5:00pm at Burke 204

ACM has an event coming up with a Principal Program Manager who has 16+ years experience creating and delivering Enterprise and Consumer software products at Microsoft. We will be talking to her over Skype, where she will discuss her experiences throughout her career, and what it is like to work at Microsoft.

Thanks,

Aiden Chiavatti

President of Behrend ACM

Sign up the Survey to secure a seat on Coach Bus to UP for HackPSU Event on Nov. 4 & 5, 2017

Hello all,

survey

This year’s Fall HackPSU will be on November 4th! I highly recommend that all Behrend CSSE students attend as it is not only a ton of fun, but also a great opportunity for learning, gaining resume-worthy experience, and networking with companies like IBM, GM, and Capital One. Behrend students continuously take home prizes from HackPSU, and we hope this year will be no different.

The school is hoping to secure a bus to University Park, so please fill out the following survey if you have any interest in attending. If there is enough interest, then we may be able to get the bus. For any newcomers or team-less hackers, be sure to indicate on the survey that you want help finding a team. From those responses, we will create a shareable doc to help students find possible teammates.

For more info, and to sign up for HackPSU, visit https://hackpsu.org/. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at avc5665@psu.edu. Also, come visit ACM’s Hackathon Prep Session on November 2nd at 7:00 pm in Burke 201 for tips on getting started, and to see previously made hackathon projects.

Happy hacking,

Aiden Chiavatti
President of Behrend ACM

ABET Celebration Event A Great Success. Thank all the attendees and speakers!

This was a successful event. It turned out a big crowd including students, alumni, industrial advisory members, faculty and staff.  Thank all of you who joined. A very special thanks goes to our speakers: Mr. Matt Stanton (keynote speaker), Dr. Dipo Onipede (Associate director of  Academics), nine student panelists (Hozaifa Abdalla , Nick Antonelli, Yehya Awad, Fernando Carrillo, Kaytlynn Chuzie, Aiden Chiavatti, Kyle Deddo, Marcus Kline, Max Rowan), and panel moderator Dr. Wen-Li Wang for the inspirational speeches. I also want to thank Aiden Chiavatti, preident of Behrend ACM student chapter, and Ms. Joy Armbruster in school office for their help in organizing this event. Checking out these exciting moments in the photos taken by Prof. Richard Zhao and Prof. Tom Rossi – Thank you all!~Dr. Su

Celebration of ABET Accreditation for Behrend Computer Science

There will be a celebration event for Behrend Computer Science’s official ABET accreditation on Thursday, October 12. The ceremony will begin at 5PM in Burke auditorium B-180. Students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as community and media members, are invited.

Matt Stanton, senior Vice President of Libria and one of our first computer science graduates in 2005, will give a keynote speech “Building Your Road-map.” He will talk about how his experiences at Penn State enabled his career path, what companies look for in recruiting, and his outlook on the tech market.

Additionally, there will be a internship panel consisting of current CSSE students. They will share their perspectives on the internship process and how their experiences have impacted their undergraduate academic and career development.

Student panelists in name alphabetical order with their internship companies include Nick Antonelli (KCF Technologies), Yehya Awad (Amazon), Fernando Carrillo (Intel), Kaytlynn Chuzie(Microsoft), Aiden Chiavatti (Amazon), Kyle Deddo(Ness Technologies), Marcus Kline (Erie Insurance), Max Rowan (SAP Ariba).

Immediately following the panel discussion, there will be a reception with food and drinks in the foyer part of the auditorium. A flyer for this event made by Dr. Richard Zhao is attached. Please let me know if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Penn State Behrend ACM Student Chapter

Congratulations! The newly elected  Penn State Behrend  ACM student Chapter officers in 2017-2018 academic year are (election was hold at the end of last Spring semester):

Aiden Chiavatti – President

A senior majoring in Software Engineering. Interned over the summer at Amazon, and will be returning after graduation as a full time Software Development Engineer. Learned various new things over the summer at Amazon, and was able to add a feature to a live Amazon website. Enjoys reading programming books, especially about Java. Frequently attends Penn State hackathons, and will continue to do so this year.

Conrad Weiser – Vice President

A sophomore going after a Software Engineering degree. Coming from a family of engineers, project work has always been something He has loved to tackle in my free time. Despite having interests in a wide variety of computing topics, one of my favorite topics is Computer Security. He is hoping to either minor, or has multiple certificates for SRA qualifications by the time that he graduates. Outside of the computer fields, he really enjoys hiking in the summer, and skiing in the winter. His favorite language is Java.

Katie Chuzie – Treasurer

A senior studying Software Engineering, she has been a member of ACM for two years and this is my second year as treasurer. She has attended multiple hackathons while being a member of ACM such as Local Hack Day here at Behrend the last two years as well as WICHacks at RIT the last two years. She has had two different internship experiences during my time at Behrend at both TechnipFMC here in Erie, PA and Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Her specific interests are in the field of cybersecurity which is what my internship focused on this past summer at Microsoft and what she will be doing as a full time employee at Microsoft following graduation. She believes joining ACM is a great opportunity to network and learn new skills from fellow students in computing.

Daniel Kovalevich – Secretary

A sophomore who is pursuing a Computer Science degree, not only is he an officer of ACM, he is part of the Schreyer Honors College and a member of the Game Development Club. He enjoys programming quite a bit and attempt to attend all hackathons around the local area. He has been working on a research project in Node.js for the school with a number of others.