Recent News & Accomplishments

04.30.2015
It was announced Thursday, April 30 , that five Computer Science graduate students at the University of Maryland—Ioana Bercea, Mohammad Reza Khani, Matthew Mauriello, Andrew Miller, and Shangfu Peng—were recognized as recipients of the University-wide 2015 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award. The award, which is awarded to 80 of some 4,000 Graduate Assistants annually, was created by the University's Graduate School "to recognize and honor the outstanding contributions that Graduate Assistants provide to students, faculty, departments, administrative units, and the University as a whole,"...
04.26.2015
You may have seen Amelia bouncing from one student to the next in the TA room of AV Williams, or maybe heard her distinct voice calming another frantic student who is failing a release test. If you’re a witness to this, then you can probably attest to seeing that same student’s submit server go from a whole lot of red, to all green after just a few minutes of conversing with her. It seems as though Amelia’s position as a TA was inevitable. “I noticed a pattern in high school. All of the volunteer work and groups I’d been a part of involved some form of working with kids and teaching.” Her...
04.26.2015
With well over twenty-thousand students and more than eight-hundred clubs and organizations, finding a niche at Maryland can be overwhelming. For Adam Weiner, it was his early interest in music production and DJ’ing that eventually led him to the Terrapin Beats Society.
04.26.2015
The University of Maryland Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year award recognizes faculty members for outstanding support of and involvement with their graduate students. This year, UMD presented the award to Professor Hajiaghayi, who, in the past year, has worked with a huge group—nine graduate students, plus his post-docs. Hajiaghayi tries to be more than just an academic mentor and likes to help his students in every way he can. “I advise them on everything—life! I tell them the tricks—even in doing an interview or buying a house,” Hajiaghayi says. His advising has a proven track record—many...
04.24.2015
Last week, the AWC hosted the first ever Dress Week, an event to show that presenting feminine and being a competent computer scientist are not mutually exclusive. The idea came in response to an article by a female computer scientist who goes by the handle Sailor Mercury, who wrote about the struggles of being feminine in a male dominated field. She explained how people said that she didn’t look like a programmer when she wore dresses, did her makeup, and was feminine. The article was posted to the AWC group by senior Margaret Gratian, who said, “There was definitely a time when I stopped...
04.21.2015
The 17 th annual Maryland Day will occur this Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, a "campus-wide celebration of innovation, creativity and academic excellence," will feature a bevy of over 400 interesting, fun, and compelling events from various colleges, departments, clubs, and organizations at the University. The Computer Science department and related organizations are planning to run some of their own events during the celebration! Here's a quick rundown of what you can expect to see Saturday: CompSciConnect Showcase (10 a.m. – 1 p.m., CSI 1121) – Students in the...
04.19.2015
This past Saturday on April 18th, the Maryland Center for Women in Computing hosted the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Awards for high school girls. Twenty-four young women with their parents and siblings filled the Multi-Purpose Room of Prince Frederick Hall. After a quick meet and greet with professionals from Northrop Grumman, the company that sponsored the event, the award winners split from their parents. Their families stayed in the room to learn about what computer science is, what it means to work in the field, and the stereotypes of computer science. It was a chance for the parents...
04.18.2015
Perhaps you've attended one of their performances. Perhaps you've heard about them secondhand. Perhaps you've heard of them in hushed whispers only as “that one group that performs video game music," and you still aren't sure if they're even real. Whatever the case, the fact remains that within its almost ten years of existence at the University of Maryland, the Gamer Symphony Orchestra (GSO) has captured student attention and participation on campus and it has redefined the norms of collegiate music ensembles. Founded by violist Michelle Eng in Fall 2005 and advised since Spring 2006 by...
04.15.2015
It was announced today, April 15, that Computer Science professor Dr. Adam Porter had won a Board of Visitors Creative Educator award from the College of Computer, Math, and Natural Sciences. The award, which is intended to “encourage and recognize significant creative and innovative contributions to the educational experience of undergraduate students,” is conferred annually to a professor within the College. A researcher in Software Engineering, Dr. Porter currently teaches CMSC433 (Programming Language Technologies and Paradigms) and will teach CMSC436 (Programming Handheld...
04.14.2015
Some people know him as the PLUM co-director. Others know him as the programming languages professor. Still others know him as the lecturer in an online course. Regardless of which hat he wears, Michael Hicks always leaves a positive impact on those around him. Thus, it comes as no surprise that he was recently awarded the UMD Distinguished Scholar Teacher Award . Award Description This award honors senior faculty who have demonstrated excellence in three main activities: research, teaching, and service. Professors are often involved with obtaining research grants, mentoring PhD students, and...

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