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Alumni Profile: Cara Stoner (Class of 2013)

November 18th, 2015 by Christian

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Cara Stoner graduated from Plymouth State in 2013 with a B.S. in Information Technology and a minor in Business Administration. She is currently working at Pegasystems as an Associate Solutions Architect.

Can you tell us a bit about what your typical workweek is like in your current job?

I work on a scrum team of 6 people. In the morning, we have a team meeting to sync up on everyone’s status. The rest of the day, we work in an Agile method of programming, cycling through design, programming, and testing various stories.

Tell us about some cool projects you’ve worked on since graduating.

The project I’m working for with my current team is improving the Marketing Application licensed by Pega which involves working with 4 other teams.

How did Plymouth State help prepare you for your job?

Plymouth gave me a solid base of programming knowledge to build on.

What are some of your favorite memories of your experience at Plymouth State?

Most of my favorite memories at PSU involve the friends I met there, just hanging out. My favorite academic memory is preparing for and presenting my Senior Project.

What other things do you do for fun in your free time?

In my free time I like to cook, to play video games, and to spend time outdoors.

What advice would you give to current CS/IT students?

I highly recommend getting an internship. It will do leaps and bounds for your resume. Also, try not to box yourself into a specific programming language, i.e. “I only want a position where I can code Java”. Being open to other languages broadens your opportunities when you’re looking for a job.

Computer Architecture Students Demo Final Projects

December 10th, 2014 by Christian
Computer architecture students demo their final projects.

Computer architecture students demo their final projects.

This week computer science students met in the Systems Lab to demonstrate their final projects to department students and faculty. After working through a series of training labs on the Arduino developer boards, each student developed a proposal for their own unique final project idea. With the support of the department students acquired the needed components and set off developing their idea into a completed project.

This fall students developed a wide range of projects. For a closer look at some of the student projects, check out the gallery below.

New Board Game Lunch Event Hosted Weekly in Department

October 13th, 2014 by Christian
Students playing board games

Kyle Burke and several students at his weekly board game lunch

As the Computer Science and Technology Department continues to develop new social events for students, this fall semester Kyle Burke began hosting a weekly Board Game Lunch upstairs in one of the department’s Systems Lab. Both students and department faculty were invited to come and participate.

Each week students play a variety of games including Booleo, Castle Panic, Blokus, Tsuro, Tetris Link, Hanabi, and many more. These games are based on different mathematical principles and concepts important to CS and IT students and also help to develop algorithmic-thinking skills. There are also many cooperative games designed to develop a sense of teamwork between the players. When asked why he liked running a weekly game lunch Kyle said “It’s great to be able to talk to my students and colleagues in a non-coursework setting. I also really like being able to discuss the strategies that go into these games.”

For more details about when and where to attend the weekly game lunch head over to Kyle’s Board Game Lunch page.

Computer Science and Technology Welcomes New Faculty Member Kyle Burke

September 5th, 2014 by Christian
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Assistant Professor Dr. Kyle G. Burke

This fall the Computer Science and Technology Department is pleased to welcome new Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dr. Kyle G. Burke. Kyle received his Ph.D. from Boston University and has also taught at Wittenberg University and Colby College. He specializes in theoretical computer science but is learning more about software design. He keeps a blog about combinatorial game theory. He loves teaching programming classes and playing board games. Each week, he runs a departmental game lunch.

Welcome to Plymouth State Kyle! What are you most excited about for the upcoming school year?

I’m definitely excited to meet a host of Plymouth students and see what sort of cool things they’re interested in. On top of that, I’m excited to teach Data Structures for the first time! I’ve got some neat ideas for that course.

What do you enjoy most and find most challenging about teaching?

It’s excellent to witness students “get it” and see them grasp the material and it’s importance. It’s even better when they get it so well they ask you a question that goes beyond the course material. It’s always worth it to find the answer to those questions if you don’t already know them! The most challenging thing is trying to fit everything in to a course. You want to describe material, go over good examples, discuss homework and projects, and still have time for exams. It’s tricky to choose what things don’t make the cut.

Tell us a little about your research interests.

I have lots of experience with abstract board games: trying to find winning strategies and determining when it’s computationally too hard to do so. More recently I’ve been interested in software design and applying good design principles to solve parallel programming problems. I’m very happy that both of these can find their way into undergraduate courses!

Plymouth State Represented at Second Annual Dyn Hackademy

May 22nd, 2014 by Christian

Last week sophomore Computer Science major Kelsey Neil represented Plymouth State University at Dyn‘s second annual Hackademy. The four day event, held at Dyn’s Manchester headquarters, tasked groups of students with working on developing mobile applications for iOS devices for local non-profit groups in New Hampshire. Kelsey’s team was partnered with the Moore Center.

Kelsey Neil Dyn Hackademy

Photo Credit Katlyn O’Hara

By the end of the Hackademy Kelsey’s team had created a fully functional iPhone app prototype that included a database support and push notifications. Her team received the Most Technical Application award. For more information on Kelsey check out the Manchester Union Leader article on the Dyn Hackademy.

Spring 2014 Award Recipients

May 15th, 2014 by Linda

Vaughn W. Coder, Charles E. Brown Computer Science Scholarship; Russell J. Mancini, Elaine Gail Vaillant Brown ’68 Scholarship; Matthew Howe, Gary David Johnson Scholarship; David M. Zaharee, Outstanding Senior in Computer Science; Lorena Krenitsky, Outstanding Senior in Information Technology.  Congratulations to all of you for your academic achievements!

Professor Charles Brown Retires From Plymouth State

August 29th, 2013 by Christian

After 43.5 years of service to Plymouth State University, Dr. Charles “Charlie” Brown announced his retirement this past summer.

Dr. Charlie Brown

Dr. Charles Brown

Dr. Brown arrived on campus in 1970 and was heavily involved in the growth and development of computing technology on the Plymouth State campus. He was the founding director of both the PSC Computation Center and Academic Computing department. Academic Computing is the department from which our current Information Technology Services department originated. In 1981 Dr. Brown became one of the founding members of the Computer Science department and was an early-adopter of robotics for education. He has developed a wide variety of education materials for computer science ranging from texts on Visual Basic to an in-depth guide to Applescript. His most recent accolade was his appointment to the Faculty Technology Fellow in the Lamson Learning Commons.

Dr. Brown has always had the respect and admiration of many students in the department. There countless stories of the selfless effort he put in when working with students on projects, coursework, or advising from department alumni. Whether it was his sense of “curious discovery” or desire to breathe new life into old gadgets students would always look forward to class and whatever adventure Charlie had planned for them. Dr. Brown continues give back to PSU by generously sponsoring two student academic scholarships for students in the department.

In honor of his lifelong service to Plymouth State, Dr. Brown has been awarded the rank of Professor Emeritus by the university.

Programming team finishes 12th defeating Stonehill and Middlebury Colleges

June 10th, 2013 by Eric

Christian Roberson coached the PSU programming team consisting of Kristopher Reynolds, Tim Madan, and Nick Ortakales at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges – Northeastern Region’s 2010 Programming Contest, held at the University of Hartford on April 16th. This year the team came in 12th place overall in a field of 29 teams defeating teams from a variety of schools including: Providence, Hamilton, Stonehill and Middlebury College.

Roger Marshall presents papers on his bioinformatics research

June 10th, 2013 by Eric

Roger Marshall presented three papers on his bioinformatics research in December 2009 at the following conferences: World Congress on Nature and Biology Inspired Computing (NABIC 09), Innovations in Computing (INC09) and Recent Advances in Mathematical Sciences Applications (RAMSA 09). He also served as the foreign dissertation evaluator for the PhD thesis of Mr. K.A. Mohamed of Alexandria University, Egypt

Using MBTI in a Project-Based Systems Analysis and Design Course

June 10th, 2013 by Eric

Peter Drexel and Christian Roberson presented their paper ”Using MBTI in a Project-Based Systems Analysis and Design Course” on April 7th at the International Conference on Engineering and Meta-Engineering: ICEME 2010, in Orlando Florida.

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Alumni Profile: Cara Stoner (Class of 2013)

Computer Architecture Students Demo Final Projects

New Board Game Lunch Event Hosted Weekly in Department