Hackathon 2019

Students spent the weekend of April 5th to 7th working on projects that brought Diversity and Inclusion to the forefront. Implementing what they have learned in the classroom to take on real-world problems and present their working solutions to a panel of judges for prizes.


The hackathon included workshops and panels to help students refine their ideas while growing as programmers and team members.

We had an amazing turnout of 49 attendees with 35% of participants identifying as female.

Categories in which students were competing in were beginner best website, beginner best app, advanced best website, advanced best app, top algorithm.

This year’s winners were:

Beginner App:

Zachary Dougherty, Colette Conway, Mark Chandler, Kassy Pak

Beginner Website:

Isha Singh, My Nguyen, Tawny Andrews, Rhea Arora

Advanced App:

Andrew Egly, Olivia Kumar, Faaz Arshad, Alex Wang

Advanced Website:

Razan Said, Peter Chuong, Tuo Sun, Andrew Nguyen

Top Algorithm:

Ziling Wang, Xuanwei Wang, Hao Shen, Edmund Wong, Simon (Mingxin) Lu

 

Huge thanks to our student organizations that made the Hackathon possible

Thank you all for your amazing support in sending students. Special shout out to Dave Wolber, Matthew Malensek, and Alark Joshi for their support! E-boards of WiT, Diversineers, ACM student chapter and DSA who all made this happen!

 

 

CS Alumni Mentorship Opportunity

This semester, the Department of Computer Science is partnering with the Alumni Mentor Program (AMP) to help graduating seniors leverage the power of the USF alumni network. AMP is built to connect you to alumni mentors for career advancement, community building, and to share with you the unwritten rules of the workplace. Computer Science alumni are eager to connect with you to help you achieve your goals and build your network.
Here are the details:
  • Use the link below to register for the Alumni Mentor Program
  • Select a mentor from the “Computer Science Department” option on the first page
  • Review the available mentors in the directory, and choose the mentor who is right for you. Space fills up quickly as it is first-come, first-serve
  • Watch the AMP orientation recording to finalize the registration process
  • The Alumni Office will then introduce you to your mentor via email
  • From there, you will connect with your mentor once per month (March – May)
Build your network and connect with a mentor. Sign up today!
 

Professor Matthew Malensek Awarded 2018 Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award

This winter, USF Computer Science wants to congratulate assistant faculty member, Matthew Malensek. Matthew was recently awarded the the 2018 Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award from the IEEE technical committee on scalable computing! See photos from the event below. Continue reading “Professor Matthew Malensek Awarded 2018 Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award”

Craig Newmark Thank You Celebration

During the holidays, it is important to give thanks to those that help make USF Computer Science the wonderful place that it is. This year, we were able to send over 30 students to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, engage in a wide-range of research projects, and provide mentorship for many students thanks to the generosity of Craig Newmark. Continue reading “Craig Newmark Thank You Celebration”

Fall 2018 State of the Department

The USF Computer Science department is thriving with four new tenure-track faculty members, two new research labs, a new graduate “Bridge” program that readies graduates from other majors for a Master’s in CS, and graduate enrollments that have doubled since 2016 and undergraduate enrollments that have tripled since 2013. The department is the largest and most diverse it has ever been in terms of both faculty, students, and expertise.

New Faculty

The new faculty members include Beste Yuksel who just started her third year and works in Human- and Brain-Computer Interfaces, Matthew Malensek (2nd year) who works in Big Data, David Guy Brizan (2nd year in CS) who works in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning, and Vahab Pournaghshband (1st year) who works in Networks and Security. Hiring in CS is a huge challenge and we are thrilled to have added these terrific teachers and researchers to our department, and to have broadened our areas of expertise. Continue reading “Fall 2018 State of the Department”

USF Computer Science Sends First Cohort to Tapia

Each year, the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing brings students, professionals, and academics together to acknowledge, promote and celebrate diversity in computing. Participating for the first time, USF Computer Science sent five students to Orlando, Florida to participate, network, and recruit upcoming diverse computing leaders.

This year’s conference, themed Roots of Innovation “reminds us to celebrate the historical role of diversity with respect to STEM innovation, and declare it as a standard essential set of roots for computing innovation in the future.” We asked the student participants to share their experience at this year’s conference: Continue reading “USF Computer Science Sends First Cohort to Tapia”

USF Computer Science Sends Largest Cohort to Grace Hopper

The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the largest celebration of it’s kind in the world. It provides attendees with an unforgettable experience, filled with amazing opportunities and exceptional content focused around women in technology. Women from all across the world come to network, learn, and discuss their experiences and wisdom from the tech industry.

This year, the Department of Computer Science sent our largest cohort of 32 students, two faculty, and two staff to the conference in Houston, Texas. This was made possible through the generous support of the Craig Newmark Foundation. We asked the students to share their experience at this year’s conference. Continue reading “USF Computer Science Sends Largest Cohort to Grace Hopper”

WiT & ACM Host Empowerment Hackathon

 

Students at Empowerment Hackathon
Students at Empowerment Hackathon

Introduction by Professor Beste Yuksel

We are very proud to announce that we held a hackathon on the theme of ‘Empowerment’ at the University of San Francisco in the department of Computer Science this year. This hackathon was sponsored by the very generous donations of Craig Newmark Philanthropies. It was organized by the Women in Tech (WiT) and ACM Student Chapter organizations. We had 53 students take part, 43% of which were female or non-binary! This is a huge coup for Computer Science where women generally make up 20-25% of classrooms and traditionally do not attend hackathons as much as men.

Continue reading “WiT & ACM Host Empowerment Hackathon”