Computer Science

CPT/OPT Information Session

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IMG_20161003_153242Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) are two important components of the academic experience for most F1 international students.  These programs allow students to gain valuable experience and earn money while working on or off campus during the academic year (CPT) or during the summer (OPT).  As part of the Graduate School’s efforts to empower students with resources that will contribute towards a successful graduate experience, an information session was held recently in partnership with the International Student Services Office and the Career Center.

This event provided an overview of the CPT/OPT process and also provided the opportunity for students to ask questions and receive immediate answers from Dr. Kiran Chadda, Director of International Student Services, Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. April Boulton and Lana Veres  of the Career Center.

The presentations covered areas such as employment options available to F1 international students, procedures for obtaining employment authorization, late stage CPT and internships as well a demo of the GoinGlobal website for job search. Students were also treated to pizza and drinks.

To view the resources shared at the session, visit this link.

Fall 2016 Computer Science and Information Technology Department Events

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This fall, the Computer Science and Information Technology Department at Hood will be co-hosting a number of exciting events here on campus. All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Python Frederick- 2nd Wednesday Talk – Jupyter Notebook
Whitaker Commons
Thursday, September 14
6:30 p.m.

Python Frederick has a talk the second Wednesday of each month. This month:
Jupyter Notebooks ( are helpful tools for anyone working with data. Popular with scientists of all types, Jupyter Notebooks let you work with Python right from your web browser! You can easily graph data and share your findings with others.
You’ll learn how to use Jupyter Notebooks so you can learn to supercharge any research you’re involved in.

Python Frederick – 3rd Saturday Open Workshop – Python Serverless Microframework for AWS
Coblentz Hall Seminar Room
Saturday, September 17
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Python Frederick has an open workshop the 3rd Saturday of each month. You can work on a common project selected for the day or bring your own project and enlist the help of others.

Hack Frederick Hackathon
Coblentz Hall Seminar Room
Saturday, October 8
10:00 a.m.

Registration is required to attend this event. Additional information is available at Interested students should contact Dr. George Dimitoglou at to form teams.

Python Frederick- 2nd Wednesday Talk – pygame
Whitaker Commons
Wednesday, October 12
6:30 p.m.

Python Frederick’s Second Wednesday talk for October will talk gaming!  We’ll discuss pygame, a Python library for making video games, with the Frederick Game Development meetup.

Hood Computer Science student interns at CISCO

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Yashraj Sinha

Yashraj Sinha

Yashraj Sinha, a student in Hood’s Master in Computer Science program, completed an internship with Cisco Inc. this summer. Yashraj is an international student from India, where he worked for Bosch and Cisco prior to starting his graduate studies at Hood. Here’s what he had to say about his experience:

How did you land the position?

I updated my profile on the main job boards—LinkedIn, Dice, Monster and CareerBuilder. I also visited the career pages of all major companies in the Embedded Systems domain and submitted applications for as many relevant opportunities as possible. I found this specific opportunity on the Cisco Career portal. The interview was a two round process but I had a head start since I had already worked for Cisco back in India.

What were your responsibilities and achievements?

My main task was to develop Hardware Diagnostic Software for next generation Terabit speed routers—the first routers of that speed category in the world.

My major achievement was building a bootable Linux ISO image containing Diagnostic Software for the routers. I was also able to take full responsibility for the task and worked independently most of the time.

Any advice for students interested in interning?             

Start applying early, as early as five months before your target start date. Remember that it’s a numbers game. The more jobs you apply to, the higher your chances of landing an offer.

Yashraj is hopeful that this experience particularly his achievements and the professional connections he made will serve as a launchpad for post-graduate career success.

Thank you, Yashraj!

Computer Science Award Goes to Broadhurst

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Andrew Broadhurst with Dr. Zinlian Liu and Hood President Ronald Volpe

Andrew Broadhurst with Dr. Xinlian Liu and Hood President Ronald Volpe

Program faculty nominated Andrew Broadhurst for the 2015 Bryce Blackwood Beauchamp Outstanding Computer Science Student Award in recognition of his accomplishments in research as well as for maintaining an impeccable academic record.

Andrew actually began his career while still in high school in Rockville, Maryland, working part time as a technician in a local computer store. Armed with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, he has since held positions in software development and IT management for several companies.  Most recently, he has been working at the Joint Medical Logistic Functional Development Center at Ft. Detrick, Maryland, under contract with HP.

Research is Andrew’s passion. He has presented research in the areas of artificial intelligence, numerical simulation and high-performance computing.

Grad Student’s Internship Leads to Bioinformatics Job

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Danny Watson

Danny Watson

Daniel Watson, who proudly hails from “the tropical paradise of Barbados in the Caribbean,” discovered the Graduate School by way of his cousin, a past international undergraduate student who “highly recommended me to apply because of her very positive experience.”

While working toward his master’s degree in Computer Science, Danny was selected for appointment to the Student Research Participation Program at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick. The CPT (Curricular Practical Training) internship working with the bioinformatics team will lead to a position after he graduates in December 2015 as a bioinformatics analyst, a role in which he will continue develop new technologies for the analysis and interactive visualization of biomedical and genomic data.

Danny gives much credit for this career-launching opportunity to Dr. Xinlian Liu—his “primary mentor” and instructor in operating system design and algorithms —as well as Hood’s relationship with Fort Detrick’s Advanced Biomedical Computing Center. Professors George Dimitoglou and Ahmed Salem are among other “major influences” at the Graduate School.

Danny was delighted to “give back to the Hood College community” through a workship at Hood’s Center for Academic Achievement and Retention.

Reception for All New Students: August 20

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All students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow students.

The agenda includes a campus tour, introduction to the bookstore and Apple computer lab, a welcome from Graduate School Dean Dr. Maria Green Cowles, and dinner with the program directors. Get the complete agenda and then RSVP here 

IT Student’s Paper to be Presented at CGAMES Conference

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The International Conference on Computer Games has accepted a paper written by grad student Turki Alkheliwi for publication and presentation at the CGAMES 2014 International Conference. CGames’ acceptance rate is just 32%.

Turki, a student in the Information Technology graduate program at Hood, submitted “Applying Game Theory Rules to Enhance Decision Support Systems in Credit and Financial Applications.”  The paper examines the potential of applying game theory to data mining mechanisms to enhance the accuracy of risk predictions in financial settings.

 The conference is acknowledged as one of the leading research conferences devoted to advancing the theory and practice of computer games development.  Turki credits his Hood “family” for his success.

Outstanding MIT Graduate Student

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The Management of International Technology program has selected Nishant Gurung as its Outstanding Graduate Student for 2013-2014. Program director Marvine Hammer lauds not only Nishant’s exemplary academic achievements — including the highest GPA in the program — but his compassion and integrity as well.

“Nishant continuously engages in community service, helping others with caring and dignity, here and in Nepal, his home country. He is dedicated to improving conditions there. Further, he is engaged with his Graduate School classmates and the program at large, giving time to others even when others might take that time to concentrate only on themselves.”

Winner in National microMedic Contest

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Rattanaphan Boonbutra , a December 2013 graduate of Hood’s master’s in computer science program, has won a prize in the 2013 National microMedic Contest. Ms. Boonbutra’s Mobile Doctor-In-A-Box (mDocInABox) project was a Specialist Rank Winner in the Education Division category, which came with a $500 hardware prize.

The contest challenged entrants to use microcontroller and sensor systems to create medical applications and products for possible use in the healthcare industry, medical simulation training, and the battlefield. Ms. Boonbutra’s project focused on the re-purposing of a microcontroller board, typically used in robotics applications, to develop a small, portable, mobile health and biometric sensor platform and application. Her faculty advisor for the project was George Dimitoglou, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science.

The national contest was hosted and sponsored by the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center, and Parallax Inc. Ms. Boonbutra holds a B.S. in Engineering from Assumption University, Thailand.

CUDA Teaching Center Granted Renewal

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Hood’s CUDA Teaching Center has passed a performance review and been granted a renewal. The achievement came with a hardware improvement grant of $6,500.

This renewal enhances the Graduate School’s capability to offer courses and student research in the High Performance Computing and Big Data areas. CUDA is a parallel computing platform and programming model created by NVIDIA and implemented by the graphics processing units they produce.

In July 2010, Hood College became the third higher education institution in Maryland to rise to CUDA center status, following Johns Hopkins University (CUDA Excellence Center), and University of Maryland College Park (CUDA Research Center).