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The primary mission of the GSU Student Chapter of the ACM is to provide a series of lectures, events, and field trips throughout the regular school year to promote the education and professional development of students as well as faculty members.

Georgia State Student Chapter of ACM

The primary mission of the GSU Student Chapter of the ACM is to provide a series of lectures, events, and field trips throughout the regular school year to promote the education and professional development of students as well as faculty members.

Upcoming Events

Topic Speaker Time
TBD TBD 09/03/2015 - 12:00pm
TBD TBD 09/17/2015 - 5:30pm
TBD TBD 09/30/2015 - 12:00pm
TBD TBD 10/15/2015 - 12:00pm
TBD TBD 10/28/2015 - 5:30pm
TBD TBD 11/11/2015 - 12:00pm

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Past Events

Introduction to Web Applications with Django

Speaker: 
Bently Cook
Affiliation: 
Bellhops
Time: 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Capital Suite, Student Center
Spring
2015

Django is a powerful, open-source web framework written in Python. Bellhops has used Django and Python for over two-and-a-half years as its main development stack. I will cover the basics of Django and how it is a great tool for learning Python. Additionally, I will discuss the great open-source community that supports Python and cover a number of tools we use with Django to keep the lights on at Bellhops.

Speaker's Bio: 

Bentley is an Engineering Project Manager at Bellhops. He leads the web-application team and is responsible for Bellhops’ front end. Originally from Chattanooga, Bentley joined Bellhops as a Python developer two years ago and has continued to be a core contributor to Bellhops’ large Django application.

Large-scale Genomic Data Analysis on Google Cloud Platform

Speaker: 
Dr Kelly Westbrooks
Affiliation: 
Google, Inc.
Time: 
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
7th Floor Conference Room, 25 Park Place
Spring
2015

Due to the data deluge problem in high-throughput DNA sequencing, the genomics industry is currently undergoing a paradigm shift away from traditional server-based computing and towards leveraging the power and cost savings of cloud computing.

Speaker's Bio: 

Dr. Kelly Westbrooks received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia State in 2009. While working on his Ph.D., he was employed at several companies in Atlanta as a software engineer, including Digital Insight, BellSouth, CBeyond, and others. After earning his Ph.D., he went to work for Life Technologies as a bioinformatics software engineer. In 2011, he started working at Google as a software engineer. At Google, he worked on Google Genomics, a cloud software platform for genomic data analysis. Most recently, he switched to Google’s System Infrastructure team, which writes the software that manages Google’s data centers.

Software Engineering at Google

Speaker: 
Dr Kelly Westbrooks
Affiliation: 
Google, Inc.
Time: 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
RM 608, Classroom South
Spring
2015

What is it like working as a software engineer at Google? In this presentation, I'll talk about everything a prospective candidate needs to know about working as a Google engineer, including details about the hiring process, what to expect in a technical interview, the different types of engineering jobs that Google hires for, as well as the perks and rewards of working at Google. Afterword, we'll have an informal Q&A session where I will answer your questions and meet students who are interested in applying for positions.

 

Speaker's Bio: 

Dr. Kelly Westbrooks received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Tech in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia State in 2009. While working on his Ph.D., he was employed at several companies in Atlanta as a software engineer, including Digital Insight, BellSouth, CBeyond, and others. After earning his Ph.D., he went to work for Life Technologies as a bioinformatics software engineer. In 2011, he started working at Google as a software engineer. At Google, he worked on Google Genomics, a cloud software platform for genomic data analysis. Most recently, he switched to Google’s System Infrastructure team, which writes the software that manages Google’s data centers.

LAMP Camp: Launching Development Careers through Experiential Mentorship

Speaker: 
Jay Solomon and Kane McConnell
Affiliation: 
The Cresca Group
Time: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Capital Suite, Student Center
Spring
2015

LAMP Camp is a professional career mentorship program that allows coders to become marketable LAMP Stack developers. In 12 weeks, campers go from having basic PHP and MySQL knowledge to developers that understand and have experienced the development lifecycle and environment. The program is fully sponsored by the Cresca Group, making it not only free but one of the most career-changing opportunities of a lifetime.

Speaker's Bio: 

Jay Solomon, President of Cresca. Over the course of his career in online retail, Jay and his partner developed multiple businesses and brands, which ultimately led them to establish The Cresca Group, a business management consultancy for the ecommerce industry that specializes in developing, growing, and managing brands and their technology needs. LAMP Camp allows Cresca to give back to the Atlanta community and the world of ecommerce by mentoring a generation of PHP developers.

Kane McConnell, VP of IT and LAMP Camp Director. Kane McConnell has led a long and storied career in IT and business management. From automating himself out of job after job to developing and selling products, services and technology for the last 15 years, Kane has reveled in the journey that led him to his role as the VP of IT of The Cresca Group and Camp Director of its LAMP Camp program. With mentoring as a passion, these roles allow him to fulfill a purpose in his life that contributes to his company, his city, and the economy at large.

Comparative Economics: Decision-Making Across the Primates

Speaker: 
Sarah F. Brosnan, Ph. D.
Affiliation: 
Georgia State University, Dept. of Psychology
Time: 
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Capital Suite, Student Center
Spring
2015

How do primates deal with novel problems that arise in interactions with other group members? Despite much research regarding how animals and humans solve social problems, few studies have utilized comparable procedures, outcomes, or measures across multiple species, hindering cross-species comparisons. In the last several years, a comparative study of decision-making has emerged, relying largely on the methodology of experimental economics in order to address these questions in a cross-species fashion.

Speaker's Bio: 

Dr. Brosnan is an Associate Professor of Psychology, Philosophy, and Neuroscience at Georgia State University. Her research interests lie in the intersection of complex social behavior and cognition. Specifically, she studies the mechanisms underlying cooperation, reciprocity, inequity, and other economic decisions in humans and nonhuman primates, using this explicitly comparative approach to understand the evolution of human decision-making. She has published in journals such as Nature, Science, Current Biology, and Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B, and has edited special issues of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (on the evolution of cooperation) and Social Justice Research (on the evolution of inequity and fairness). Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation, including a CAREER award, the National Institutes of Health, and the John Templeton Foundation.

Great Moments in the History of the Computer

Speaker: 
Mr David Greelish
Time: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Capital Suite, Student Center
Spring
2015

David is a Computer Historian, having studied and collected for over twenty years now. He founded the Atlanta Historical Computing Society and served as Director of the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast. His talk will be an edutainment extravaganza with fun video segments throughout. He will define the history of computing through its four generations and also discuss the three tiers of personal computing (what we currently all use). There are great moments in the history of computing from start to finish!

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