UE Team wins CCSC:MW Conference Student Programming Contest
Posted: October 8, 2015
The University of Evansville team of Kane Catt (CS junior), Evan Higgins (CS sophomore), and Guilherme Andrade (CS exchange student) won first place at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC) Midwest Conference Student Programming Contest held Saturday, October 3, at UE.
The event included a total of 21 teams from around the Midwest region. The Evansville team solved 5 problems (out of a total of 8 problems) despite not submitting their first correct solution until almost 3 hours into the 4-hour contest. Second place went to Benedictine University who solved 4 problems, and third place went to Bradley University II who were the fastest to solve 3 problems.
EECS Students Conduct Summer Research
Posted: September 11, 2015
Two students in the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science department, Lily Mast and Daniel Vibbert, spent this summer working on research projects at other universities.
Lily Mast, a senior in the UE Computer Science program, participated in an REU this past summer at Oregon State University from June – August 2015. The project, “New Code Changes that Don’t Preserve Code Behavior”, had three parts. Lily participated in the third phase which modified the structure of the code that was currently being edited. This portion of the project is like auto-complete for code; at first it will predict the first few words of a “sentence”. Continuing the analogy, eventually the code will predict the entire sentence and paragraph. Lily is continuing the research through her senior year.
Daniel Vibbert, a UE Electrical Engineering senior, interned at the Institute of Space Defense Electronics (ISDE) at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN this past summer May – August, 2015. He was assigned one large project on radiation effects in the Software Defined Radio (SDR) front end. He tracked variables as the SDR was being radiated and presented his results to the research advisory board. Through his assignment he learned about SDR and the theory behind radio. Daniel designed an experiment to document the radiation effects on the radio.
UE Seniors Win Second Place at Annual IEEE Competition
Posted: March 21, 2014
University of Evansville seniors Jake Schwartz and Austin Deuerling won second place at the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) SoutheastCon Regional Competition in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday March 15. Their robot placed above 42 teams, including such universities as Duke, Virginia Tech and the University of Florida.
Schwartz and Deuerling, both electrical engineering majors, designed their robot to shoot darts in a simulated basketball goal from various distances to emulate the playing and shooting dynamics of basketball on a simulated basketball court.
Winners at the competition were decided by the number of points earned by completing goals and completion time. The highest scoring robots were both fast and precise.
Schwartz is from English, Indiana, and Deuerling is from Wadesville, Indiana.
UE Student Creates “New and Rising” App
Posted: January 21, 2014
A lot of college students spend their long Christmas break relaxing and recharging for the spring semester. Not UE junior Alex Luebbehusen and his brother, Brandon, a high school senior in Ferdinand, Ind. They spent their off time creating two new Windows apps based on what Alex had just learned through a fall electrical engineering class called Small Computer Software.
Alex says he and Brandon created the first app, a fast-paced word game called Party Phrase, in just a few hours to get a feel for getting into the Windows app market.
The second one took a lot more time and work, but it is also getting a lot more notice. Late last week it was noted on the Windows App Store as a “new and rising” travel app. It is called tripp. It’s described as “a world travel organizer that enables you to map all the places you have visited. By adding notes, dates, and photos from your trips to the pinned locations, you can recapture the thrill of these unforgettable experiences and easily share them with family and friends—anytime, anywhere.”
Both apps are free. “We didn’t plan on getting rich off of this,” said Luebbehusen. “We wanted to get downloads and get people to use it. We did it for the experience.”
Mark Randall is co-instructor for the class that gave Luebbehusen the hands-on experience, and the confidence, to hit the marketplace. “It’s really neat to see somebody take something from the class and to turn something out that is being recognized. It’s a project-based class that rewards students grade-wise for adding bells and whistles above and beyond their basic assignments.”
Luebbehusen added that just the competitiveness of the class members was an incentive to adding more to the projects than required.
As for why they chose the Windows App Store for their work, he says that as a newer market, it is not quite as crowded as others and that makes it easier to get noticed.
ACM Programming Team Finalists in Code for Good Challenge
Posted: October 8, 2013
The ACM Programming Team of Melanie Conn, Allison Deford, McIntyre Watts, Jonathan Wood (all senior computer science majors), and Aaron Reynolds (junior computer engineering major) were finalists at the Code for Good Challenge sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase in Columbus, OH, over the October 4-5 weekend. The team had 24 hours to create a healthy lifestyle application for the Goodwill of Columbus organization. In addition to completing a prototype implementation, they had to present and demonstrate their application before a panel of judges who scored their effort on several criteria. They competed against 11 other teams of students from several colleges including Michigan State, Ohio State, Miami of Ohio, and Georgia Tech.
Code for Good Challenge events are sponsored by J.P. Morgan Chase at several locations. Students are organized into teams of 4-6 programmers and are given a challenge to write an application to meet the needs of a local charity organization. At the Columbus event, there were 12 teams divded among two challenges. The UE team's challenge was to write a healthy lifestyle application for the Goodwill of Columbus organization to be used by employees throughout Columbus. The application is to allow employees to connect with one another and challenge each other to complete fitness tasks, as well as allow the company to set daily challenges for all users.
Teams were given 24 hours to design and implement a prototype application. The UE team chose to use Ruby on Rails, a technology that most members had learned in the Software Engineering class, as their implementation platform. Then they presented and demonstrated their application against the other teams doing the same challenge, afterwards being named one of two finalists from the Goodwill challenge to compete for the final prizes against the finalists of the other challenge.
Allie Deford summarized their experiences saying, "The Code for Good Challenge was a great learning experience. As a group, we got to use the skills we've gained in a variety of classes to take an application from idea to a demo in less than a day. It really reminded us how much work goes into developing an application. It also gave us an amazing opportunity to work together as a team. Each of us had different skill sets, which we tried to utilize. It was important that we trusted each member of our team to finish their own tasks to put together a really interesting final product. Finally, when the coding was done, we had to use our communication skills to give both a technical interview and 2 rounds of presentations. But it paid off -- we were in the top 4 teams!"
UE Faculty, Program Featured in NerdScholar Article about Diversity in STEM
Posted: June 25, 2013
Deborah Hwang, UE associate professor of computer science, was featured in a recent article on the website NerdScholar -- a financial literacy and consumer advocacy resource for students -- about increasing diversity in the STEM field.
The story also featured UE's OPTIONS summer program for middle and high school girls as an example of how to increase diversity in the engineering and computer science fields, in which women are traditionally underrepresented.
To read the full NerdScholar article, click here.
Past OPTIONS Participant to Serve as Mentor-in-Residence for High School Girls
Posted: May 20, 2013
Kelsey Smith, a 2006 OPTIONS for High School Girls summer camp participant, will serve as mentor-in-residence for girls attending this year’s OPTIONS experience, which explores the vast career possibilities in engineering and computer science.
Smith, a resident of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, will provide guidance and advice to this year’s OPTIONS for High School Girls attendees as well as teaching.
Smith, a Montana native, learned about OPTIONS through the Internet and attended the program before her junior year of high school. She credits the experience for deepening her understanding and interest in the diverse career opportunities in engineering.
“OPTIONS gave me incredible exposure to the different fields of engineering and the roles that women play in them. Being in an all-girls camp gave me the confidence to ask questions and explore more about the ‘how,’” Smith said. “There were so many opportunities offered – we were able to visit a wide range of plants and factories, and really see the in-depth functioning of different systems. In addition, I met some amazing women mentors.”
Smith graduated from high school in Bigfork, Montana, in 2008. There, she received varsity letters in soccer, track, and cheerleading; held leadership positions as speech and debate team captain, student council vice president, and newspaper editor-in-chief; and played first-chair flute.
Smith graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2012, where she majored in behavioral science with minors in Arabic and Spanish. Upon graduation from the Academy, Smith was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. She currently attends the Air Force Institute of Technology and is studying engineering management – human factors engineering. After graduation in 2014, Smith plans to work as a researcher in the Air Force.
Openings are still available in both OPTIONS for High School Girls, June 9-14, and OPTIONS for Middle School Girls, June 16-20. Thanks to the Alcoa Foundation, a limited number of scholarships are available for girls from Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. Attendees are welcome from all states and counties.
For more information, please contact Tina Newman, OPTIONS program coordinator in the University of Evansville’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, at 812-488-2651.
Robert Morse Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship
Posted: May 15, 2013
Robert Morse, professor of computer science, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to spend the Spring 2014 semester in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
From February 1 through July 15, 2014, Morse will split his time between teaching and research at the University of Ljubljana. He will teach a graduate-level course on his specialty, computational algebra, and collaborate with local mathematicians on two research projects.
“I’m honored to be selected for the Fulbright and look forward to returning to Slovenia after visiting and presenting my research there in 2012,” Morse said. “My activities abroad will enhance my professional growth and challenge me mathematically as I will be providing computational expertise to several mathematicians at the University of Ljubljana in support of their research.”
“My work as a Fulbright scholar also will benefit UE’s vision and strategic plan by extending the University’s global reach and making deeper connections abroad,” Morse added, “and it will provide the groundwork for possible future student interaction between the University of Evansville and the University of Ljubljana.”
“At the University of Evansville, we’re very proud and excited for Dr. Morse,” said John Mosbo, senior vice president for academic affairs. “The Fulbright Scholarship is among the most prestigious and competitive in higher education, and Dr. Morse’s successful application for the award demonstrates that the University of Evansville’s faculty is truly world-class.”
Morse came to the University of Evansville in 1998 after a 12-year career designing avionics software for IBM Corporation’s Federal Systems Division. He is the co-editor of two books on computational algebra and is author of several peer-reviewed publications in mathematics. Morse holds a PhD and Master of Arts in mathematics from the State University of New York at Binghamton, as well as a Bachelor of Science in computer science from The Pennsylvania State University.
Morse’s previous honors include the University of Evansville’s Global Scholar Award from the Institute for Global Enterprise, Sadelle and Sydney Berger Award for Scholarly Activity, and Dean’s Teaching Award for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. He also has served as a visiting professor at the National University of Ireland in Galway (funded by a Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge grant from the European Union) and received an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award from IBM Corporation.
The Fulbright Program, founded in 1946 and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, offers grants for U.S. citizens to study, teach, and conduct research abroad, and for non-U.S. citizens to come to the United States. Each year, the program awards approximately 800 highly competitive, merit-based grants for U.S. scholars and professionals. Past Fulbright Scholars include recipients of 43 Nobel Prizes, 81 Pulitzer Prizes, 28 MacArthur Foundation Awards, and 16 U.S. Presidential Medals of Honor.