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National Student Employment Week

National Student Employment week was April 11-15, 2016. We have four great student employees in the Computer Science Department. Sam Bumgardner and Klayton Curran both work as tutors in the Cheek 213 lab. Jared Hall is a grader for Dr. Jamil Saquer. Tara Walton is a grader for Dr. Yang Wang and also works as a tutor in the Cheek 213 lab. Tara was recently nominated for Student Employee of the Year and attended the Student Employee of the Year Reception. We appreciate all of our student workers and the help they give other computer science students and faculty. We couldn’t do it without you!!!Tara Walton

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Announcing a new degree option for Computer Science majors!!

We’re happy to announce a newly-approved, second degree option for a Computer Science major at Missouri State University! Both degree options are Computer Science degrees. The existing option will be called the “Computer Science” option, and the new option will be called “Software Development.” The Software Development option encourages a broader, multi-talented and multi-disciplinary degree outcome. Students choose any Missouri State University minor as a complement to their Computer Science studies. More information can be found on our website soon.

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Two new faculty joining the Computer Science Department

Dr. Razib Iqbal joined the faculty in Fall 2015 as an Assistant Professor. Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dr. Iqbal’s academic background is in Computer Science. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from North South University in 2004. He then moved to Canada to pursue graduate studies at University of Ottawa. He received his Master’s degree in 2006 and defended his PhD dissertation in December 2010. His academic and professional experiences are in the areas of multimedia communications, software engineering, and software quality assurance.

In the Fall of 2016 Anthony Clark will be joining the Computer Science faculty as an Assistant Professor. Mr. Clark will finish up his Ph.D. in Computer Science at Michigan State University this summer. Mr. Clark’s research is in the area of optimization and control algorithms for small, autonomous robots. His robot designs incorporate adaptive and self-modeling algorithms to overcome unexpected damage and/or changing conditions while balancing trade-offs among different objectives (e.g., speed and efficiency). In the fall he will teach CSC 325 Algorithms and Advanced Data Structures and CSC 333 Languages and Machines.

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Missouri State computer science student wins awards

Gregory Donnell, a computer science major at Missouri State University, has been competing in programming competitions his entire college career. Donnell recently placed 1st in the Mobile Applications division and 2nd in the Microsoft Office division of the Association of Information Technology Association conference last month.

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Expanding Your Horizons teaches disaster preparedness to middle school females

Keeping young women interested in the sciences is a goal for all STEM professionals, and each year Missouri State University’s College of Natural and Applied Sciences hosts Expanding Your Horizons to reach middle school aged females. This year, the theme was “Introduction to CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).”

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Students showcase new mobile app for Missouri State visitors

mockupTwo computer science students, Joshua Li and Greg Donnell, have demonstrated a mobile app for guidance to high-resolution Missouri State University locations from a user’s present location. The app uses GPS and other features typical on modern smartphones.

The app has potential to guide visitors in the “last ten miles” of a visit – once they get to the Springfield interstate exit, guide them straight to the parking lot and destination building.  In addition to permanent buildings, the menu could contain information on one-time or annual events, with guidance to the check-in location for that event. Additional features may include a live superposition of a visitor’s pathway upon live photo or map feed.

Screenshot_DThese students are a point of pride for our department. Nice work!

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Google Glass wearer looks to future

Google has become synonymous with online search since its inception in 1998, and the company stays at the forefront of technology by capitalizing on its expertise. Its newest venture, the Google Glass device, is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display, and approximately 2,000 devices have been produced and are being tested by select developers. One such early adopter is Jeff Thomas, web systems analyst at Missouri State University.

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Faculty receive grant for advanced computing research

Dr. A. Steven Younger, applied science and engineering research professor at Missouri State University, and Dr. Emmett Redd, physics, astronomy and materials science professor, received a grant of $139,134 from the National Science Foundation for their project “Super-Turing Computation and Brain-like Intelligence.”

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