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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.

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Past Events

Trivia Contest

Speaker: 
Dr. K. N. King
Affiliation: 
Georgia State University
Time: 
Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
470, University Center
Spring
2011

Think you’re an expert at computing trivia? Here’s your chance to prove it: join us for the ninth annual ACM Trivia Contest. The questions will test your
knowledge of computing technology, history, and current events. Everyone who attends is eligible to compete!

First, second, and third prizes will be awarded, and there will be refreshments as usual. Don’t miss this special event!

Speaker's Bio: 

My original research area was theoretical computer science, with a focus on automata and formal languages. I was later a member of the team that built Mothra, a pioneering software testing system based on the idea of program mutation. For the last twenty years, my specialty has been programming languages. I have written three books about languages: C Programming: A Modern Approach, Java Programming: From the Beginning, and Modula-2: A Complete Guide. The first edition of C Programming: A Modern Approach, published in 1996, went through 17 printings before being replaced by the second edition in 2008. C Programming: A Modern Approach is widely used by universities in North America and abroad and has been translated into Chinese and Italian. I also have a strong interest in computer science education. My 1997 paper, "The Case for Java as a First Language," was one of the first to argue that Java should become the primary language for teaching introductory programming. In 2008, I obtained funding from the Institute for Personal Robots in Education to introduce personal robots into CSc 2010 (Introduction to Computer Science), a project that is now well underway.

Transforming Your Existing Assignments into a Technology Portfolio That Impresses Employers

Speaker: 
Perry Benson
Affiliation: 
Senior Global Program Manager, Oracle Education Initiatives, Oracle Corporation
Time: 
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 5:30pm
Location: 
Room 1432 (Conference Room), 34 Peachtree Street
Spring
2011

Job competition in this era is fierce, and it can be especially difficult for young people with little work experience to compete successfully in the current job market. Designed explicitly for computer science/engineering, management information systems, and information technology majors, this lecture will teach you how to prepare yourself for eventual employment. At the end of this session, you will understand:

Meeting Everyone's Need for Computing

Speaker: 
Dr. Mark Guzdial
Affiliation: 
Georgia Institute of Technology
Time: 
Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Room 465, University Center
Fall
2010

While interest in computer science degrees has declined, interest in computer science continues to grow across campus. Some estimates suggest that by 2012 there will be some 13 million end-user programmers in the United States, compared to an estimated 3 million professional software developers. In this talk, I argue for more attention to that much greater number, for having an impact by making the non-professional programmer more successful.

Speaker's Bio: 

Mark Guzdial is a professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mark is a member of the GVU Center, the Cognitive Science program, and the EduTech Institute. He received his Ph.D. in education and computer science (a joint degree) at the University of Michigan in
1993, where he developed Emile, an environment for high school science learners programming multimedia demonstrations and physics simulations. He was the original developer of the CoWeb (or Swiki), which is now one of the most widely used Wiki engines in universities around the world. He is the inventor of the media computation approach to learning introductory computing, which uses contextualized computing education to attract and retain students. Mark is the director of the NSF-sponsored alliance to broaden participation in computing, “Georgia Computes!”

Freeside Atlanta

Speaker: 
Scott Melnick, Raiford Storey and Justin Caratzas
Affiliation: 
Freeside Atlanta
Time: 
Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Student Center Sinclair Suite
Fall
2010

Freeside Atlanta is a hackerspace based in Atlanta, GA. At 5500 sq. ft., it is one of the largest hackerspaces in the United States. A hackerspace is a collaborative environment where geeks from many walks of life, and who are passionate about a wide variety of subjects, can share ideas and work on interesting projects. Freeside Atlanta boasts a membership of more than 50 people, has weekly public meetings, and a calendar full of workshops, classes, and seminars that are sure to help the local community gain knowledge, as well as be able to apply that knowledge to the real world.

Speaker's Bio: 

Duckie -- President of Freeside Atlanta. Hosts the weekly public meetings.

Raiford -- Software Developer, with special interest in Virtual Machines. Raiford helps organize the Python classes that Freeside holds and runs the Makerbot that Freeside recently built.

Justin -- programmer, hosts the Flash Talk events that are held on the first Friday of every month.

Experiences in the World of Venture Capital

Speaker: 
Sterling Wharton
Affiliation: 
Georgia Centers of Innovation
Time: 
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Student Center Sinclair Suite
Fall
2010

Sterling G. Wharton, the Program Director for Georgia’s Centers of Innovation (COI) program, talks about experiences in the world of venture capital. Mr. Wharton manages a team of 20 staff members, coordinates all the activities of the centers and enables them to work effectively as a team with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), which houses the COI program. His focus is on program management and business development, forming strategic relationships and developing the various industries’ assets and resources.

Speaker's Bio: 

Sterling G. Wharton is the Program Director for Georgia’s Centers of Innovation (COI) program, which pairs high growth, technology-oriented businesses and entrepreneurs with applied research, technology connections and technology commercialization expertise to foster economic growth. The six Centers of Innovation offer industry-relevant research and a network of university and technical talent to industries within Georgia’s strategic industries. These strategic industries include advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agribusiness, energy, life sciences and logistics.
Mr. Wharton manages a team of 20 staff members, coordinates all the activities of the centers and enables them to work effectively as a team with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), which houses the COI program. His focus is on program management and business development, forming strategic relationships and developing the various industries’ assets and resources. He works with the individual centers’ directors to coordinate strategic planning and strengthen their connections with Georgia’s university system, government organizations and communities. In addition, He also coordinates the response to industry-wide technology challenges, develops thought leadership within Georgia’s strategic industries and increases the visibility of the centers.
Mr. Wharton comes to the Centers of Innovation with an extensive background as an organizational leader. With educational degrees from Georgia State and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he has consistently been successful at improving operations, increasing revenue, expanding market shares and promoting dynamic market growth. He has most recently served as the CEO for Unitrends in Columbia, S. C.
At Unitrends, he improved monthly revenue by more than 500 percent, virtually doubling year-over-year revenue growth for two consecutive years, while more than doubling gross margins. At Alteon WebSystems, where he was Director of Worldwide Channels & Business Partners, he spearheaded a highly successful Channel and Partner strategy launching industry-leading channel program securing over 200 premier partners in all regions of the world. He also led expansion into international markets that generated over $100 million in revenue. Most recently, he has served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Atlanta Technology Development Center (ATDC).

Trip to Hi-Rez Studio

Speaker: 
Todd Harris
Affiliation: 
Hi-Rez Studio
Time: 
Friday, September 24, 2010 - 10:00am to 1:30pm
Location: 
34 Peachtree, 14th floor near the elevators
Fall
2010

The ACM student chapter is planning a trip to Hi-Rez Studios (http://www.hirezstudios.com/), the largest independent video game
development studio in Georgia. Established in 2005 with the mission to create exceptional online interactive entertainment, Hi-Rez's
first project and debut title is Global Agenda, a fast-paced, action-oriented massive multiplayer online game set in the Earth's near future -- a spy-fi world of technology and player-driven conflict.

Speaker's Bio: 

Todd Harris submitted his first computer game to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as part of his college application, since writing games was more fun than writing essays. After obtaining his BS in Computer Science from the same university, Todd entered the software engineering industry, eventually managing next-generation Product Development efforts at NCR, Radiant Systems, and BlueCube Software. BlueCube developed an online technology platform and international hosting capabilities, technology and services that are directly applicable to the development, deployment, and service challenges of massively multiplayer online games. With over 15 years of technology leadership experience, Todd is now an active contributor to the growing Georgia gaming industry, including advising area game and art schools on their programs.

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