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

Play video game made by engineering students

Students from the GAME 480 Game Development Senior Project course have released a trailer for their new game: Escargo: The Great Snail Escape.

On Thursday April 20 at 5pm, come to Burke 152 to play their game. Open to the public. All are welcome.

Game credits: Daria Cook, Josh Dickey, J. Appa Hardner, Ryan Kelley, Greg Louchart, Mike Ragaini, Rachel Rattay

A Scholarship Opportunity

Bill & Diane Barley and Sam & Valerie Krauss and John J. Cahir
2017-2018 Achievers’ Scholarships

The Office of Undergraduate Education will award eleven students the Bill and Diane Barley and Sam and Valerie Krauss and John J. Cahir Achievers’ Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each for the 2017-2018 academic year. Units are eligible on a rotating basis to select one scholarship recipient. Those eligible for 2017-18 are:

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
College of Arts and Architecture
Smeal College of Business
College of Engineering
College of the Liberal Arts
College of Nursing
Penn State Abington
Penn State Altoona
Penn State Beaver
Penn State Berks
Penn State Behrend

Each college and campus should identify one student. Recipients must be full-time students and may be an incoming or current first-year student or current sophomore. Selection of recipients must be based upon the following guidelines:
1. Evidence of leadership engagement in high school and college
2. Service to others
3. Employment experience, presumably contributing toward the costs of education
4. Academic achievement, considered in the context of well-rounded civic leadership and work engagement leading to an earned or predicted GPA within the range of 2.5 and 3.2

Note that the donors’ intent is to recognize students whose contributions to others, community leadership, and employment towards their own education are considered elements of a well rounded individual and just as important as GPA, hence the focus on students who are not in the first tier of academic performance and therefore may not be eligible for other awards.

Selections must be made and submitted by Friday, May 19, 2017.

CSSE students, please contact CSSE faculty for the application.

Our students ROCK in Hackathons

Our ACM chapter students had participated in two hackathons that were organized by RIT in February. They did really well. Below is a summery of their accomplishments.

1. Brickhack at RIT February 11-12 (

Won: #HackHarassment

They developed Omniclad, it is designed to be a chat bot/moderator running in Discord to create streamlined communication and to eliminate bullying and harassment. Omniclad uses Microsoft Cognitive Services API to power the functionalities it was created for. It uses the Microsoft Azure services provided to function with machine learning, integrates translating of various world languages straight into Discord, and the filter feature screens for racy, adult, NSFW content and removes such content.

2. WiCHacks (Women in Computing Hackathon) at RIT Feb 25-26 (

Members who attended: Rachel Rattay, Allison Steinmetz, Katie Chuzie, Karlene McCleary, Alexa Foo

Won: Most Novel (each member received an Amazon Echo Dot and MLH medal) and Best Domain Name (each member received a gift bag)

They developed “KickHerassment” a workplace harassment simulation to bring awareness to types of harassment that have been recently brought into light at companies such as Uber

Picture: The team alongside the CEO and Cofounder of the Major League of Hacking who presented us our awards

A few important notes on the courses for Computer Science major and Software Engineering major

1. CMPSC221 and SWENG311 have not been combined to offer since last semester. Hence, Computer Science major students need to take CMPSC221 and Software Engineering major students need to take SWENG311. Each student can take only one of these two courses.

2. SE students can take either MIS 336 or CMPSC431 as the major required course. If a student takes MIS 336 first and then CMPSC431, the latter one is considered as the computing or technical elective. CS students have to take CMPSC431 as the requirement course

3. CMPEN270 = CMPEN271 + CMPEN275

4. Computer Science students do not take CMPSC471 which is not offered at Behrend. Instead, CMPSC421 is required by all computer science majors.

5. Here are the elective course lists for CS and SE majors:

For Computer Science major:

Computing Elective (need 9 credits):
— Any 312-400 level CMPSC course not already required for the major
— Any CMPEN, or SWENG courses.

Supporting and Related Areas (need 6 credits):

— Any 300 and 400-level courses in CMPSC (including CMPSC 494 – Research, CMPSC 495 – Internship, and/or CMPSC 496 – Independent Study),
— Any 300 and 400-level courses in GAME, MIS, MATH, STAT, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, ACCTG, ECON, FIN, PSYCH, and ROTC.

For more details, click: CMPBD_Degree_ Audit.

This is the academic recommended plan for computer science at Behrend:

Here is the academic recommended plan for transferred to University Park:

For Software Engineering major: 

Primary Technical Electives (need 6 credits)

— Any 300-400 level EE course
— Any 300-400 level CMPEN course not already required for the major
— Any 400 level CMPSC course not already required for the major
— Any 300-400 level SWENG course not already required for the major
— GAME 450, GAME 480 GAME

Secondary Technical Electives (need 3 credits)

— SWENG 395+495 Internship
— MIS 430,  MIS 435 , MIS 445,  MIS 470,  MGMT 409,  PSYCH 444,  ECON 481,  ECON 485,
— MATH 455,  MATH 456
— ENTR 430

For more details, click:SEBD_Degree_Audit_

This is the academic recommended plan for software engineering: