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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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Open Source Projects and Multi-Player Games Featured in Two Conference Papers by CT Faculty

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Mihaela Sabin and Michael Jonas in the Computing Technology Program at UNH Manchester recently had their academic papers approved for presentation at the 18h Annual Northeast region Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Conference (CCSC-NE 2013), hosted April 12-13 at Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

Sabin authored, in collaboration with Allen Tucker of Bowdoin College and Bonnie MacKellar of St. John’s University, a paper titled “Scaling a Framework for Client-Driven Open Source Software Projects: A Report from Three Schools.” In it, the authors document the experiences of growing real world, student-oriented and client-driven humanitarian open source projects at UNH Manchester, Bowdoin College, and St. John’s University. Sabin’s presentation will detail the three schools’ implementations of these projects as well as ways humanitarian open source development can be adapted and enhanced to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

Jonas’ paper is titled “Teaching Introductory Programming using Multiplayer Board Game Strategies in Greenfoot.” His presentation will be about a fun and engaging way to instruct introductory programming using the interactive Greenfoot Java development environment and the multiplayer-based Quoridor board game engine. He will describe how students, using the board game, begin the semester by learning fundamental programming, progress to partner-based scenario building where they implement strategy and further develop their skills, and then, finally, to the semester end, where students engage in a head-to-head competition he calls the Battle Royale.

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Reflecting on the Grace Hopper Celebration

The RockIT Science Celebration held on the last day of the conference.

On Tuesday, October 2nd, I left New Hampshire to attend The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Although this was not my first trip to Baltimore, the trip marked my first technology conference, which ended up being just as memorable as I had expected.

When asked recently what the best part of the conference was, I could not make an immediate answer. Of course, there were the small things–before even arriving in Baltimore I already had all three days of my trip planned out with the Grace Hopper Celebration mobile app, a useful tool for making schedules and  exchanging contact information which really showed off the programming skills of the people involved.

Everything was very well-organized, and every event that I attended ran smoothly and on time. The line for registration moved quickly, and even at its longest, one could expect to get their badge in half the time that it would take to get a cup of coffee at the Starbucks nearby.

The keynote speakers were fantastic, particularly Nora Denzel who spoke on Thursday morning. The sessions held covered a large variety of topics ranging from very general ideas that anyone could relate to, to very specific focuses that I had never heard of, but each session was very informative and usually got their participants involved. Whether you were an undergrad, completing the last year of your PhD, or already working, there was something for everyone.

The goodies given out by companies when picking up your badge and at the career fair and were very cool–some highlights include a bar of chocolate from Microsoft decorated with the Windows Phone, and an I ❤ Clean Code screen cleaner from AAC.

As important as all these things were for creating a great conference, however, the attendees were what really made this such a memorable experience. Every person I spoke with was friendly and professional, and no matter who they were or what their background was, they were all in their own way inspiring. I had more great conversations than I can count, and found that even if I missed a session because it was filled to capacity, I could more than compensate for this by just joining in on a conversation with the people around me. I spent hours speaking with professionals in the industry and other undergrads about working in the computer industry and how to find a career, and in a way, I learned much more from these spontaneous conversations than I did from the seminars that had been planned out long beforehand.

No matter what profession you are, I strongly suggest that you attend a conference that surrounds you with people who are similar to you at least once. Don’t wait until you’re already out of school if you can help it–there’s no better way to reassure yourself that your degree is worthwhile than to meet people who have already found success and happiness in the career you want to pursue.

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MS IT Poster Presentations

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

Source: UNH Manchester News
http://manchester.unh.edu/about/news/2012/ms-it-poster-presentations

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
http://manchester.unh.edu/about/news/2012/13th-annual-undergraduate-research-conference-sponsored-bellwether-community-credit

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
http://manchester.unh.edu/about/news/2012/first-will-receive-2012-granite-state-award-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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“Big Picture” Software Systems Thinking

Source: UNH Manchester News
http://manchester.unh.edu/about/news/2012/big-picture-software-systems-thinking

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 emailieeecsnh@gmail.com.

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, www.manchester.unh.edu.

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UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus Technology Information Night

Source: UNH Manchester News
http://manchester.unh.edu/about/news/2012/unh-graduate-school-manchester-campus-technology-information-night

The UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus is hosting a “Technology Graduate Programs Information Session” for the Management of Technology (MS MOT), Information Technology (MS IT), and Software Systems Engineering (Certificate) graduate programs. Program representatives will be available to answer questions at the Manchester location on Tuesday, February 7 at 6 pm.

The University of New Hampshire Graduate School, Manchester Campus offers post-baccalaureate programs in applied professional fields. Centrally located in Manchester’s historic Millyard in the heart of the I-93 corridor, the Graduate School offers the expertise of University of New Hampshire faculty, contemporary curricula, modern educational facilities, convenient access, flexible schedules, and most important, a graduate degree from the University of New Hampshire, the state’s flagship public university.

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Computing Technology Faculty in the Community

Source: UNH Manchester News

UNH Manchester faculty, staff, and students support the city of Manchester and the region through their research, community service, and scholarly engagement. Many are active participants in their fields at the regional, national, and international levels. They keep programs and courses current with their ongoing research and service.

Mihaela Sabin, associate professor and coordinator of the Computing Technology program, co-presented at the annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference in Lansing, MI in October. Her session was titled, “Defining a 21st Century Community-Engaged Research University”. This session explored the decade-long institutional change process that UNH undertook to move the University from a public service, one-way approach to its public, more two-way, mutually beneficial, collaborative approach which now characterizes its institutional culture, scholarship and partnerships. Professor Sabin teaches undergraduate courses in programming, object-oriented design, databases, and web development.

Sabin participated in the Special Interest Group in Information Technology Education (SIGITE) Conference in October, held at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. She presented a paper entitled, “Free and Open Source Software Development of IT Systems,” and served on the panel: “Free and Open Source Software in Computing Education” with two colleagues from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY and Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA.

In December she will offer the workshop “Computational Thinking with Games and Simulations using Greenfoot” at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in Manchester at the Radisson Hotel and Expo Center of New Hampshire. The workshop is aimed at middle- and high-school teachers of introductory programming. Professor Sabin teaches undergraduate courses in programming, object-oriented design, databases, and web development.

For a full list of recent achievements and contributions by faculty, staff, student,s and alumni from UNH Manchester, continue reading…

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