Computer Science

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).