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2013 UNH Manchester Honors Convocation Award Ceremony

Each spring the UNH Manchester community celebrates the outstanding academic achievements of our undergraduate students at the Honors Convocation ceremony. Convocation is the second largest academic ceremony at the University, next to Commencement, and a time for students and their families to join with University administration, faculty, staff, and their peers to celebrate their academic success.

On May 14, 2013 UNH Manchester celebrated its 14th annual Honors Convocation ceremony celebrating students across all departments including three CT department seniors.

2013 UNH Manchester CT Award Recipients

Award Recipients at the 2013 Honors Convocation.
Scott Adie (left), Tom McCarthy (middle), and Tyler Martin (right)

Scott Adie and Tom McCarthy were honored for University Scholars in a Baccalaureate Degree. The University Scholars is awarded to students who have earned 100 or more credits by March 11, 2013, of which at least 64 are UNH graded credits and maintained a 3.20 – 3.69 cumulative UNH GPA.

Tyler Martin was also honored at the ceremony receiving the Karla Vogel Award for Excellence in Computer Information Systems. A student who wins this award has demonstrated consistent achievement within the CIS major and overall academic excellence.

Congratulations to all recipients!

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25 of Today’s Coolest Network and Computing Research Projects

Source: ACM TechNews

Original article from Network World (09/06/12), Bob Brown

Many university labs are working on research projects that could have lasting effects on computer and networking technologies. For example,

  • Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed Duolingo, a free Web site that helps users learn new languages while also translating the text on Web pages into different languages.
  • Princeton University researchers have developed Serval, an open source system that aims to make Web services such as Gmail and Facebook more easily accessible, regardless of where the end user is.
  • Technical University in Darmstadt researchers have developed a method for home Wi-Fi routers to form a backup mesh network to be used by the police, firefighters, and other emergency personnel in the case of a disaster or other incident that disrupts standard phone networks.
  • University of Tulsa researchers want to slow down network traffic in order to detect malware more efficiently.
  • University of Washington researchers have developed Control-Alt-Hack, a card game designed to introduce computer science students to security topics.
  • Bonn University researchers have developed a virtual drive that runs inside a USB drive to capture malware before it infects the computer.
  • University of California, Berkeley researchers have developed the Internet Protocol (IP) over Xylophone Players system, which can provide a fully compliant IP connection between two computers.

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Where Recent BS CIS Graduates Work

Fall 2012 MillWorks will highlight the jobs some of the UNH Manchester recent grads got immediately following graduation. We reached out through LinkedIn and other channels to the BS CIS and BS EET/CT ’11 and ’12 graduates, and this is what we’ve assembled so far.

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  • Brian Avery (EET/CT ’12), Software Engineer, Acme Packet, Bedford, MA
  • James Bartoldus (EET/CT ’12), Software Engineer, DEKA, Manchester, NH
  • Brian Block (CIS ’11), Quality Assurance Engineer, EMC, Nashua, NH
  • Matthew Edmonds (CIS ’11), IT Analyst, Liberty Mutual, Dover, NH
  • John Grossmith (CIS ’12), Associates Sales Consultant, Oracle, Burlington, MA
  • Scott Innes (CIS ’12), Tax Exempt Representative, Fidelity Investments, Merrimack, NH
  • Jeffrey Lavoie (CIS ’11), Technical Recruiter, CORE Information Technology, Salem, NH
  • Andres Lara (CIS ’11), Professional Service Engineer, Enterasys, Andover, MA
  • Joseph Legerstee (CIS ’11), Signal Communications Platoon Leader, 372nd Signal Company, Manchester, NH
  • Daniel Lutz (CIS ’11), IT Specialist, New England Document Systems, Manchester, NH
  • Sky Norman (CIS ’11), System Administrator, Newmarket International, Inc., Newmarket, NH
  • Daniel Pepin (CIS ’11), Web Developer & Programmer, Digital Bungalow, Salem, MA
  • Brice Rader (CIS ’12), Software Developer, Small Business Computers of New England, Manchester, NH
  • Bethany Ross (CIS ’12), Technical Client Service Representative, Dyn Manchester, NH
  • Matthew Vartanian (CIS ’12), Network Engineer, Philips Healthcare, Adover, MA
  • Matthew Wakim (CIS ’12) IT Support, Fish & Richardson, P.C., Boston, MA
  • Michael Williman (CIS ’12) IT Analyst, Liberty Mutual, Dover, NH

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CIS Program Announces New Award


Source: UNH Manchester News

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) Program at UNH Manchester gave its first “Karla Vogel Excellence in CIS” award in May 2012. Bethany Ross, a freshman in the program, was presented with the award for her academic excellence. Ross is a resident of Derry and a graduate of Pinkerton Academy.

Professor Mihaela Sabin presented the award and said, “This year’s recipient possesses the unique combination of sound and highly competitive technical skills with the softest, warmest, and most inclusive ‘people’ skills. Excellence in the IT profession is achieved only if an IT solution, no matter how smart and sophisticated, is the solution that real people, not abstract end-users, need and happily use. Bethany Ross is the IT professional who makes IT users, managers, and peers happy!”

Ross’ professional experience included a summer-long project for the NH High Tech Council, a year of system administration work in college’s CIS lab, and 150 hours of internship at the Greater Manchester Professional Development Center. Bethany’s internship work was critical to a successful rollout of Google Apps for education in four Manchester school districts.

The “Karla Vogel Excellence in CIS” award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated consistent achievement in the Computer Information Systems major and overall academic excellence. The award was named in honor of Professor Karla Vogel who created the CIS major eight years ago, advised over 150 students and set the bar high for the CIS graduates. Sabin said, “To honor Professor Karla Vogel’s exceptional contribution to the College and the very existence of a successful academic degree program, the program’s award is being named after her and from now on reads “Karla Vogel Excellence Award in CIS”. Vogel retired in January 2012 after 26 years of teaching at UNH Manchester.

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MS IT Poster Presentations

From left to right: Alex, Casey, Jackie, Justin, and Imran.

Source: UNH Manchester News

Five graduate students in the MS IT program made poster presentations at the UNH Manchester Graduate Research Conference on April 25, 2012.

The posters featured projects in CIS 805 Web Application Development (instructor Mihaela Sabin), CIS 810 Object Oriented Software Development (instructor Michael Jonas), and CIS 825 Networking Technologies (instructor Don Cochrane) courses:

Network Modeling Software Use in Research and Education, by Alex Scripcenco and Casey Eyring
SpEAK: Speech Experiment Accessible Knowledge System for Capstone Speech Project, by Jackie Tims and Justin Thibeault
What Version Are you On? An Investigation into Software Configuration Management, by Jackie Tims
CivicCRM Framework to Manage Donors for Nonprofits: From Design to Deployment, by Imran Shahzad

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Honors Convocation Awards

unhm-honors-convocationStudents in the BS CIS, BS EET/CT, Accelerated MS IT, and CIS minor have been recognized at the UNH Manchester 2012 Honors Convocation as Presidential scholars, University scholars, and recipients of awards for achievement in the major, writing across curriculum, and the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference. Our Flickr photos show smiles from KC, Jackie, Matt, Bethany, Jeff, Kristin, Mike, Karla, and Mihaela

Presidential Scholars (90+ credits, including at least 64 UNH credits, and 3.7 or higher GPA)

  • Karen Ibey (BS EET/CT)
  • Jacqueline Tims (BS Biological Sciences and Accelerated MS IT)
  • Matthew Vartanian (BS CIS)
  • Kristin Tajeda (BA Business, CIS minor)

University Scholars (90+ credits, including at least 64 UNH credits, and 3.2 to 3.69 GPA)

  • Jennifer Brand
  • Scott Callahan
  • John Grossmith
  • Jeff Knight
  • Bethany Ross
  • Mike Tierney
  • Mike Williams

Karla Vogel Award of Excellence in CIS
Recognizes the undergraduate student who has demonstrated consistent achievement in the Computer Information Systems major and overall academic excellence.

  • Bethany Ross (BS CIS)

Writing Across Curriculum Award

  • Matthew Vartanian

Undergraduate Research Conference

  • Engineering Technology Award: Karen Ibey (BS EET/CT)
  • Poster Presentation Honorable Mention: John Maddaus (BS CIS)

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13th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference sponsored by Bellwether Community Credit Union

Source: UNH Manchester News

The University of New Hampshire Undergraduate Research Conference (URC) is one of the largest and most diverse undergraduate research conferences in the country. URC is an annual, week-long spring conference that brings the college community together to highlight scholarly and artistic work across all disciplines at UNH in Manchester and Durham. The conference events in Manchester begin Tuesday, April 24 and run through Friday, April 27 and the public is invited to attend any of the sessions to see the scholarship of today’s scholars and tomorrow’s leaders. The span of this year’s research includes topics such as “Sequencing Mitochondrial DNA: A Circle Approach,” “Lincoln’s Cooper Union Speech: Public Reaction” and “Embedded Database Design.”

The UNH Manchester URC conference, supported by Bellwether Community Credit Union, will include more than 90 UNH Manchester students. Their work includes short films, screenplays, oral and poster presentations and engineering technology senior project presentations. Winners of the URC will be announced at the annual Convocation Ceremony held on May 15, 2012.

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FIRST® will receive the 2012 Granite State Award from UNH Manchester

Source: UNH Manchester

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) will receive the 2012 Granite State Award from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester. FIRST has inspired youth and adults from Greater Manchester, the state, across the nation and the world to discover the excitement of science and technology. The Granite State Award recognizes these significant achievements, service, and/or contributions to the State. Jon Dudas, President of FIRST, will accept the award at University of New Hampshire at Manchester’s 27th annual commencement proceedings on Thursday, May 17.

The FIRST mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills. FIRST robotics programs inspire innovation and foster live skills including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Few organizations have so successfully fulfilled their missions and contributed to the youth of New Hampshire and the nation as FIRST. Founded by Dean Kamen 20 years ago, the nonprofit organization has been devoted to helping youth aged 6 to 18 develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math.

FIRST began with 28 teams in a New Hampshire high-school gym. The 2011-2012 FIRST season attracted more than 26,800 teams, close to 300,000 youth and more than 100,000 mentors, coaches, and volunteers from more than 60 countries. The annual FIRST programs culminate in a the annual FIRST Championship a celebration where teams win recognition, gain self confidence, develop people and life skills, make new friends, and perhaps discover an unforeseen career path.

Every participant comes to understand the meaning of the two guiding values of FIRST: Gracious Professionalism(TM) and Coopertition(TM). Through Gracious Professionalism(TM), students learn and are also fierce competitors. They treat one another with respect and kindness and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing they have acted with integrity and sensitivity. The second value, Coopertition(TM), produces innovation and is founded on the philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.

The outcomes of a FIRST experience tell a story of achievement. A recent study of participants has found that FIRST students are more than three times as likely to major in engineering. They are approximately ten times as likely to have had an apprenticeship, internship, or co-op job in their freshman year and are significantly more likely to expect to achieve a post graduate degree. FIRST participants are more than twice as likely to expect to pursue a career in science and technology and nearly four times as likely to expect to pursue a career specifically in engineering. FIRST participations also pay it forward as they are more than twice as likely to volunteer in their communities.

Over the years the FIRST organization and participants, coaches and mentors have contributed to the lives of the people and organizations in Manchester, the State, and the nation and reflect the high standards of the Granite State Award.

UNH Manchester’s 27th Commencement proceedings will be held in Arms Park in Manchester’s Millyard, behind the UNH Manchester campus, beginning at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 17.

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UNH Manchester offers the degrees employers want most

Source: UNH Manchester News


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“Big Picture” Software Systems Thinking

Source: UNH Manchester News

UNH Manchester will host a free lecture titled, “Systems Engineering of Software Intensive Systems: Primer and Graduate Education,” on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in room 323.

This talk addresses “big picture” thinking about software intensive systems. The fundamentals and challenges of systems engineering for software intensive systems will be highlighted. The presenter, Michael S. Deutsch, will also provide examples and an overview of contemporary systems in need of systems engineering. Deutsch will also be on hand to discuss graduate education in systems engineering.

About the Presenter: Michael S. Deutsch joined the Computer Science Department at UNH in 2008 after eight years at Texas A&M University where his appointment was Executive Professor in the Information and Operations Management Department. He is also an independent consultant specializing in systems engineering, software project management, and software cost estimation.

Through 2000, Deutsch was Chief Scientist at Hughes Electronics’ Network Systems in Germantown, MD where he guided long range software engineering improvement planning. His 30+ years of practical experience in system and software engineering have spanned an entire range of disciplines: system engineering, quality assurance, development, verification and validation, new business acquisition, and project management. Applications experience has entailed real-time sensor processing, satellite mission planning, sensor control, information systems, and telecommunications systems. Deutsch is the author of two textbooks on software quality methods: Software Verification and Validation: Realistic Project Approaches and Software Quality Engineering: A Total Technical and Management Approach. He has been associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering and is a member of the IEEE Computer Society. In 1989, he represented Hughes Electronics as a visiting affiliate at the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University.

The program is offered by the IEEE New Hampshire Section Computer Society Chapter as part of their seminar series. UNH Manchester’s engineering technology program is a co-sponsor of the series. For more information

All seminars are free and open to the public. Free parking is available after 5:30 p.m. behind UNH Manchester in the city’s Arms Park lot. Visit the college’s website for directions and parking information,

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