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.

Penn State Behrend Game Club

Congratulations!  The newly elected game club (it holds annual election) officers in 2017-2018 academic year are:

President: Matthew Benkart
Vice President: J. Appallonia Hardner
Treasurer: Corey Zalewski
Secretary: Joe Craig
Public Relations officer: Tiffany Eichler

Faculty advisor: Dr. Richard Zhao


Matt Benkart: I am a Computer Science major working towards the Game Development minor. I first learned to program by making text based adventure games in my free time. I now design and program games with a focus on player freedom, procedural world generation, and artificial intelligence.

J. Appallonia Hardner: A senior Software Engineering major with three minors, including the game development minor. An officer for nearly three years, they are currently vice president and in charge of fundraising for the club. They are an avid game programmer and designer hoping to work in the games industry sometime after graduation.

Corey Zalewski: I’m a senior Software Engineering major. I’m currently a second year Erie Insurance Software Engineering intern working on a large variety of projects from web applications to C# applications in the business.I take part in two clubs on campus, Game Developer’s Club which I am the current treasurer and the Association of Computer Machinery club.

For more information, please see their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PSBGameDev/

Employer Information Sessions  during Career Fair Week!



The following employers will host “information sessions” the week of the career fair.  This is a great way to learn more about them before the Fair; bring your resume!

Information Sessions

Monday, September 18

·         Amway, CENBD, CMPBD, METBD, PLTBD, SEBD; 
Burke 203, 5:30-6:30 pm

Clark Cafe, 8:00 am-1:00 pm (Information Table)

Tuesday, September 19

·         Amway, CENBD, CMPBD, METBD, PLTBD, SEBD; 
Clark Cafe, Noon-1:30 pm (Information Table)

·         Innotec, EEBD, MEBD, METBD, PLTBD; 

Burke 204, 7:00-8:00 pm

·         Northrop Grumman, CENBD, CMPBD, ECET, EEBD, SEBD

Burke 201, 6:00-7:00 pm

·         Royal Technologies, PLTBD;

Burke 206, 6:30-7:30 pm


Wednesday, September 20

·         ARC Group Worldwide, ME, PLTBD; 
Burke 203, 5:30-6:30 pm

·         Entec Polymers, PLTBD; 
Burke 204, 5:00-6:00 pm

·         Hyland, CENBD, CMPBD, ECET, SEBD, MPM, MISBD;

Clark Cafe, 9:00-11:00 a.m. (Information Table)


Drop-In Resume Reviews

Monday, September 18

Tuesday, September 19

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

ACPC (Reed 125)

Behrend Fall Career and Internship Fair

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Junker Center




Academic & Career Planning Center

125 Reed Union Building





Do you want to attend the NBA Hackathon?

If you are a Computer Science or Software Engineering major who loves sports (esp. basketball) and want to learn more about the world of professional sports and business analytics, there is no better opportunity for you than to test your skills at the Second Annual NBA Hackathon, held by the NBA league office on September 23 and 24, 2017. Details can be found at hackathon.nba.com.
In last year’s hackathon, only 210 students from thousands of applicants were invited. This year, it may be even more competitive. Behrend will form a team of four students to apply for (and hopefully attend) the two-day event. If you are interested, you must act quickly! The deadline for the application is on 11:59PM ET on August 27, 2017.
Preferred skills:
  • Database management
  • Web scraping/data mining
  • Data analysis
  • Data visualization
Please contact Mr. Andrew Yu  at andrewyu.ysh@gmail.com for applications and questions.
P.S. Mr. Andrew Yu is our new CSSE faculty member who will teach CMPSC121 Introduction to Programming Techniques and CMPSC474/CMPEN441 Operating System and System Programming. He graduated from Cleveland Sate University with a Master’s degree in Computer Science. He competed in the first NBA Basketball Analytics Hackathon last year, and has been on the coaching side of similar events while in graduate school. His master’s thesis is “NBA On-Ball Screens: Automatic Identification and Analysis of Basketball Plays”.

A message from our alumni on a job opportunity in Lockheed Martin

Hello Dr. Su,

This is Jeremy Thomas, Behrend grad May 2016 (Software Engineering). I have been working for Lockheed Martin for the past 11 months.

We are currently seeking Software Engineers, Test Engineers, Hardware Engineers, System Engineers and System Administrators at our facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  We work on and maintain GPS Satellites for the US Air Force. These satellites control both Civilian Signals (Cell phone, Stock Market, Air Traffic Control, etc.) and Military Signals.  

As many of our SE’s become “Insurance Engineers” working on insurance, I challenge the rest to work on systems that have impact beyond the world of insurance or business. What happens when bank software has issues? A singular bank goes down for a number of hours/days until it’s fixed and is barely noticed by our fast paced society. But what happens when something goes wrong with a Satellite or GPS?  Y2K scare, Airports shut down, Loss of Military defense systems, Stock Market crashes, etc.

 If you are looking for a career that makes you feel like you are contributing to more than just how much money can Company-A can make vs Company-B. I urge you to think about a career in the Defense Industry.

 Please pass on this information to any and all students looking for jobs after graduation. If you or your students have any questions feel free to send them my way.

-=Jeremy Thomas=-

Software Engineer Associate

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

480 Wooten Road Colorado Springs, CO

All CSSE students are encouraged to attend Fasenmyer Conference on this Saturday

Click Fasenmyer Program 2017-1hzwvc8 for the the times and locations of  senior design presentations

The 23rd annual Richard J. Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in the Burke Center. Senior Design teams will present the results of their yearlong design projects, the majority of which are sponsored by industry. Senior design presentations will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students are expected to be in attendance for the entire conference time and should support the other presenters by attending other presentations.

Refreshments will be available throughout the morning.

Tiffany Beers ’02, Senior Innovator for Nike, will deliver the keynote address at 11:45 a.m.