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What's New in the Computer Science Department

March 30, 2017

It's been another exciting and productive year in the Computer Science Department! I want to share with you some of our recent accomplishments to keep you up to date on what's happening here at the Heights.  

  • We welcomed Mariam Salloum to the department. Mariam received her PhD from UC Riverside. Her research focuses on ways to improve access to large and potentially overlapping data sources.
  • The student ACM chapter invited Etay Maor, a security researcher at IBM, to campus. His eye-opening series of three lectures focused on the technical and social threats posed from the dark side of the web. We hope to get Etay to return this fall to teach a course on the topic.
  • Three students—Kaity Vermillion '16, Laura Baumgartner '16,  and Ayakl Mikami '16—traveled to Houston to attend the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
  • The department sent three teams to the Boston-area qualifiers of ACM's international programming contest. The team of Jesse Mu '17, Cam Lunt '17, and Kevin Gleason '16 finished in fourth place and qualified for the northeast regionals—a first for a team from BC.

In other news, the popularity of computer science continues to grow. Several BC departments now allow students to take programming classes for major credit, and it seems like every student has been advised to take a programming course. Our majors keep increasing as well—enrollments in major courses are about 50 percent higher than two years ago.

We encourage you to join the CS Alumni Network, which connects Computer Science Department graduates with fellow alumni, faculty, and students. Please be in touch with us and let us know how you are doing, how you are faring in your career, and how your major has been of benefit to you.

Sincerely,

Edward Sciore
Chair, Computer Science Department

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