WiCS: Learn How To Interview / Mock Interviews Workshop – Wednesday, October 21st @ 3:30pm – Pray-Harrold 514

Part 1: First ~30 Minutes – Info Session

The awesome software development team from Nexient is going to come in and teach you about:
What kinds of skills you should be focusing on that employers care about
What to expect / how to prepare for technical interviews
Hear about the right and wrong ways to answer interview questions
Part 2 – Rest of the Time (til 5:15pm) – Mock Interviews (optional)
Software developers from Nexient will do a mock technical interview with you to help you practice your interviewing skills

Space for the mock interviews will be extremely limited, so it’s first-come-first-serve by signing up on this form: tinyURL.com/EMUmockInterview

Test Driven Development Workshop with Bob Allen

Get your craftsmanship mojo on with awesome developers who get paid for their code. On Saturday November 14th, come join Code Craftsman Saturdays in Ann Arbor for our biggest annual event of the year, a GLOBAL DAY of Code Retreat. Note: It an all-day event starting at 8:30 Saturday morning.

If you can code at all, no matter the language or platform, come and feed your brain and your body. Both breakfast and lunch are provided, the event is free, and you get to pair-program with software craftspeople from all over the area. Never paired before? No worries, that’s part of the learning.

Bring a laptop, bring a friend. but bring your power supply as well, because you’ll be coding and testing with strangers for most of the day. My job is make your brain bubble over with all the learning you get from just one day. Don’t worry about installing a developer environment (IDE) or even a compiler; Cyber-dojo.org has you covered. No account/logon required.

It is highly recommended that you play with cyber-dojo at least once before the workshop. Do a kata (a simple programming exercise) with a friend. At cyber-dojo, hit the “Create” button, pick a language you already know, then pick a testing framework (like JUnit), and finally an exercise. Now hit “Create”, then the “Enter“ button (you get to be an animal), and finally hit “Test”. If you’re lost, that’s good; first stage of learning. Grab one the students that went to the mini-coderetreat 3:30 last Wednesday 9/30 in room 514. They got a preview.

One thing: you have to register here so that I know how many people to feed. You’ll see Pillar Technology is the sponsor. That means they’re providing the space and the food (thank you Pillar). Some Pillar developers will likely be attending as well.

Women in Computer Science — Workshop on Test-Driven Development – Wednesday

When: Wednesday, September 30th, 3:30pm – 5:25pm

Where: Pray-Harrold, Room 514


Test-Driven Development (TDD) is a way of writing code so that it’s more reliable, less buggy, and easier to put together. It will save you time and frustration.

Bob Allen, from Code Craftsman, is going to be leading a workshop to teach us how to do TDD. No matter how advanced you are in computer science, you should come and learn about this. It’s important.

Special Thank You To: J++ for organizing this event


CS Awards & Scholarships Application

The Computer Science Department has several scholarship awards for students at different levels. Below is a listing of the awards. To apply, visit http://tinyurl.com/oppegn7  The deadline to apply is March 1st.

As an undergraduate student you will be applying to the following awards and scholarships:
– Outstanding Senior Award ($400 max)
– Finliin Award ($400 max) – Charlie Jones Award ($400 max)
– Mildred Lintner Award ($400 max)
– Department Service Award ($400 max)
– Addison Wesley Award

As a graduate student you will be applying to the following awards and scholarships:
– Outstanding Graduate Award ($400 max)
– Addison Wesley Award

Augustine Ikeji,
Professor & Department Head

Google site visit this Friday, Jan 23rd

Do you dream of working for Google someday?  Have you heard about their awesome perks, the game room, the fun and collaborative environment, and wish you could get a sneak-peek?

Well, we’ve managed to secure a tour of Google’s office in Ann Arbor next Friday, January 23rd @ 10am!

You are invited to sign up for one of our 25 available spots on this form.

Women in Computer Science at Eastern Michigan University

High School Programming Competition at EMU!

Eastern Michigan University, in partnership with the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education presented its Sixth Annual High School Programming Competition on November 15, 2014.

The competition attracted 162 students (58 teams) from several high schools and regional schools throughout the state. Teams of students at two levels of expertise (beginner and advanced) competed by attempting to find successful solutions to six programming problems. The students were able to program in Java or C++. The students submitted their programs to an automated grading system, which was written in-house at EMU for the competition.

The top six teams for the advanced level: 1) Midland H.S.; 2-5) Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center taking the next four spots; 6) Ann Arbor Pioneer H.S. come in sixth.
The top six teams for the beginner level: 1) Troy Athens H.S.; 2) Ann Arbor Pioneer H.S.; 3) Troy Athens H.S.; 4) Kalamazoo Area Math & Science Center; 5-6) Ann Arbor Pioneer H.S. came in fifth and sixth;

The competition had support from the the Department of Computer Science and its faculty, Eastern Michigan University’s College of Arts and Sciences Dean Venner, Systems in Motion, Valassis Communications, Inc., and Auto-Owners Insurance.

A note from the WiCS club

Women in IT @ Auto-Owners
During this special event, we’ll be hearing from some recent female alumni from the Computer Science department who are currently working at Auto-Owners Insurance Company in Lansing, MI. They’ll be sharing their experiences with us and opening up the floor to your questions about life for women in the IT industry.
WhenMonday, October 27th @ 4pm
Where: Pray-Harrold, Room 329
LBC Credit: Yes, you can get LBC credit by attending this event.

Compuware is coming!! Today at 3:30!

A word from Nicole Arruda:

Dear EMU CS:

Your Computer Science club, Java++, is hosting Dynaspace (nee Compuware) tomorrow, Wednesday at 3:30 pm. Lauren Gayda, Dynatrace’s University Recruiter, will be talking about their Application Performance Management technology and its capabilities.

This is a recruitment event, and Dynaspace will be accepting resumes. We’ll be in room 323 Pray-Harrold, and refreshments will be served.

I hope to see you all there!


Computer Science Club meeting this Wednesday

Greetings potential job seekers,

Auto Owners Insurance Company will be giving a presentation this coming Wednesday, September 24th from 3:30-4:30 in room 323 Pray Harold. They will be discussing potential job opportunities for students and giving an overview of some of the projects that they work on. The will also be eagerly accepting your resumes!

Please do come. A good showing of our students will be good for you, as you may land a slick new job, but also good for the department. If lots of us show up then they (and other employers) will be excited to come back and continually tap our talent pool.

Oh, and they are also providing pizza and soda. So you at least get a free meal out of it.

I hope to see you all there,