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:

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
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 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.

IMPORTANT Advising Information for SWENG Students

Attention Software Engineering Students:

–          CMPSC 431 is NOT a prerequisite for SWENG 431

–          Prerequisite for SWENG 431 is STAT 301

–          Either CMPSC 431 or MIS 336 can be taken to satisfy the degree

–          Since CMPSC 431 and MIS 336 are full, please take MIS 336 in Spring 2018, unless you need the course to graduate in Fall 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Su or your adviser.

Thank you,

Caitlyn Catalfu

Administrative Support Assistant

School of Engineering

Penn State Behrend

CSSE students continue winning honors in HackPSU

A group of our ACM students had participated in the Hackathon organized by University park last Saturday (April 8th). The group won one of the challenges. Below are some details. 

Project:    Convoke

An application integrating the Canvas course system with the Amazon Echo. You can request your current grades in your classes, ask for the grade a specific class. Find out all upcoming assignments or ask for upcoming assignments in for a specific class.

This project won the “Jetbrains | Best Java Hack” challenge

Group Members(from left to right in the picture):    Appa Hardner,  Ryan Seipp, Matthew Benkart and Corey Zalewski