Martin, Fred: April 2012 Archives

Five UMass Lowell undergraduate students participated in the fourth annual New England Undergraduate Computer Science Symposium (NEUCS), held on April 21, 2012 at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.

NEUCS is supported by the Empowering Leadership Alliance to celebrate outstanding undergraduate accomplishments in computer science.

Five members of the Engaging Computing Group at UMass Lowell attended the conference. There were more than 140 participants from regional universities, including Brandeis, WPI, Wellesley, Tufts, and others.

Events included a career panel, a keynote presentation from MIT faculty member Fox Harrell, and student poster sessions. Students learned the market for software engineering is currently thriving—a panelist noted, “Cambridge is like a mini Silicon Valley due to the abundance of established and emerging industry.”

Three UMass Lowell undergraduates presented projects during the poster sessions. These students talked about Android applications they have developed to send data to iSENSE (Internet System for Network Sensor Experimentation)—an online system that promotes collaborative scientific analysis by providing accessible ways to upload, share, and visualize data.

The projects were:

  • Jeremy Poulin’s Data Walk App, which “records GPS coordinates once every ten seconds and pushes it to iSENSE.”
  • Evana Gizzi’s Toxic Tour App, which “facilitates data collection regarding environmental conditioning and uploads this information to the iSENSE website.”
  • Michael Stowell’s Car Ramp Physics App, which “records y-accelerometer data at a rate of 20 Hz and upload it to iSENSE” for classroom physics experiments.

Full abstracts for the students’ posters are on the NEUCS site.

NEUCS provides students with the opportunity to explore diverse areas in computer science, network, and embrace a creative environment of math and science. UMass Lowell plans to continue its participation in the years to come.

UMass Lowell students at the 2012 New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium. (L-R): Jeremy Poulin, Kaitlyn Carcia, Michael Stowell, Evana Gizzi, and Alan Rosenthal.

Thanks to Kaitlyn Carcia for authoring this article.
March 29, 2012 was a great evening for 40 young women from around Massachusetts. 

This was the evening that ITA Software by Google hosted the second annual Massachusetts Aspirations in Computing Affiliate Awards (MACAA) in partnership with the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).  The event was hosted at the new Google headquarters in Cambridge at Kendall Square.
The award ceremony included addresses by Ruthe Farmer, NCWIT Director of Strategic Initiatives, and Julie Farago, Manager of Google+. 

Each award recipient was presented with the Aspirations in Computing award for herself and her school.

A featured part of the evening was the presentation by Prof. Jesse Heines (Computer Science), who awarded $10,000 scholarships to three of the 40 Aspirations in Computing recipients. These scholarships will be disbursed should the recipients come to UMass Lowell and remain in good academic standing. 

These scholarships not only recognize the young women’s achievements to date, but also encourage them to apply to UMass Lowell and enhance our programs with their energy and creativity.
The three women receiving the scholarships are:

  • Elizabeth Wu, a junior at AMSA Charter School (Marlborough, MA)
  • Ramya Ravindrababu, a junior at Shrewsbury Senior High (Shrewsbury, MA)
  • Serena Thomas, a junior at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School (North Brookfield, MA)

We offer all three students our congratulations on their achievements, and we wish them the best in their future careers!

(L-R): Elizabeth Wu, Ramya Ravindrababu, Serana Thomas, and Prof. Jesse Heines.

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