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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
TAILGATING! FUN! 10/25/2014 - 12:00pm
Bridging Computer Technology to Real-world Business Chris Baudler 10/29/2014 - 5:30pm
Declarative Programming for the Cloud Molham Aref 11/12/2014 - 5:30pm

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Past Events

Getting the Most from Internships

Speaker: 
David Gibbs
Time: 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Student Center, Capital Suite
Fall
2014

The topic of this talk will be focused on internships.  We will discuss the typical application process; when to apply, where to apply, how to find internships, etc.  How to make the most of the internship: start learning industry lessons, avoiding the role of a disposable entity, and how to make long-term connections.  Alternatives to internships: what to do if you can’t find an internship, community projects and contributing to open source projects.  The level of pay for a typical internship depending on the type of company work associated with the position.

Speaker's Bio: 
David Gibbs is a second year Master’s student at Georgia State University with a focus in parallel and distributed computing. He is the lead technical architect for The Global Literacy Project and a Technical Officer for The Georgia Tea Company. He has been working in the industry since 2010 on a vast majority of projects; ranging from applications for the payment processing industry, front-end websites for commercial applications, CMS management development, and back-end processing for large data applications. Over the past three years he has held internships that include: NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, Snaptech boutique software development, and MIT Media Lab research.

Why you should learn Ruby on Rails

Speaker: 
Jess Brown
Time: 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Student Center, Capital Suite
Fall
2014

There is an abundance of tools and technologies for building applications to run on the internet. Most of them have desirable benefits, but also may take lots of time to learn. Which ones should you take the time to learn and become experienced? Ruby on Rails is a web application framework designed to build database backed web applications. It is especially desirable for developers and companies who want to quickly build web applications that can scale and evolve over time. In this presentation we'll learn how and why and even do some live coding and demos.

Speaker's Bio: 
Jess is a GSU alumni (2002, BBA in Finance). During college and the early 2000's, he started developing websites and web applications as a hobby, that later turned to side projects, and eventually starting a design and development consultancy in 2008. In 2010, Jess started learning Ruby on Rails and has been developing almost exclusively in rails since then.

Agile Development Practices in Industry

Speaker: 
Paul Daigle
Time: 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Student Center, Capital Suite
Fall
2014

Most students in CS graduate with very little idea of how software is actually made. In fact, Software Engineering methods vary considerably from company to company. Many employers are looking for developers who understand and appreciate topics that aren't covered in school, such as Unit Testing, Test Driven Development, and Continuous Integration. In this talk we'll discuss how agile engineering techniques were used to build a high performing team at a Cox Enterprises company.

Speaker's Bio: 
Paul Daigle graduated from GSU in 2010 with a Masters Degree in Computer science. In the last three years he has worked as a developer and agile coach in 7 cities on 3 continents. He has settled in East Point with his family and works for Bitpay, a local BitCoin startup.

Developing Job Hunting Strategies via Social Media

Speaker: 
Hesom Parhizkar & Barbara Marks
Time: 
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Student Center, Capital Suite
Fall
2014

This discussion will center on developing a job search strategy: how to find target companies you want to work for (not just the big name companies), how to utilize LinkedIn to network your way into those companies, and how to research those companies’ corporate cultures. We will use examples from our company’s aggressive hiring plans for the past 2 years

 

Speaker's Bio: 
Barbara Marks, Senior Corporate Recruiter, has worked with eVestment for almost 2 years and has worked in recruiting for over 10 years. Hesom Parhizkar, Vice President of Technology, has worked at eVestment for almost 7 years and has worked in the software development industry for over 12 years.

Git into Gear

Speaker: 
Nick Mancuso
Affiliation: 
GSU
Time: 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Capital Suite, Room 220, Student Center
Spring
2014

This tutorial is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students with little experience using version control and source code repositories. Git is a modern distributed version-control system that allows developers to easily keep track of their work. Along with the power and convenience of Git, I will showcase GitHub, a website that hosts Git projects. GitHub pushes for a social approach to sharing code as well as forking and creating new projects based on existing ones. For this tutorial I will demo a small Python-based development project using Git and GitHub.

Lathon 3D Printer: From Idea to Startup

Speaker: 
Nohtal Alex Partansky
Affiliation: 
Lathon Technologies
Time: 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Capital Suite, Room 220, Student Center
Spring
2014

Abstract: 3D printing has created the new market of Desktop Manufacturing and with many open source tools the cost to enter into the marketplace has never been cheaper. This presentation explains the product development cycle through the eyes of a Maker and formally trained engineer.

Speaker's Bio: 
Being interested in how nature works, I studied Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Davis and graduated in 2013. During a co-op I worked at XCOR Aerospace testing their Lynx main stage rocket engines which gave me the startup bug. Currently I am in graduate school at Georgia Institute of Technology working in the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory. My plan is to enter the desktop manufacturing business though my company Lathon Technologies.

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