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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
Artificial intelligence using GPU Kurt Schmidt and Jeff Layton 10/26/2017 - 12:00pm
HPCC - Big Data Platform and Use Cases Dr. Flavio Villanustre 11/08/2017 - 12:00pm

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Past Events

Building a Better Tool for Rapid Data Collection and Analysis for Public Health

Speaker: 
Asad Islam
Affiliation: 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Time: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Capital Suite, Room 203, Student Center East
Fall
2015
Speaker's Bio: 

Asad Islam is a computer scientist with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has been leading a team since 2009 that is developing and supporting a freeware suite of tools known as Epi Info. These tools are being used worldwide for rapid epidemiologic data collection and analysis during disease outbreaks (including the current Ebola outbreak). Asad has a B.S. in Computer Science from Rutgers University and an M.S. in Information Systems from Boston University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds various technical certifications.

Introduction to Cooperative Education and Internships Search

Speaker: 
Caroline Anderson
Affiliation: 
Georgia State University, Assistant Director, Cooperative Education and Internships
Time: 
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Lanier Suite, Room 216, Student Center East
Fall
2015

IT @ State Farm – More Than an Insurance Company

Speaker: 
Victor Montgomery and Sheneeka Ward
Affiliation: 
State Farm Insurance
Time: 
Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Capital Suite, Student Center
Fall
2015

When you think of State Farm, what comes to mind? If you are like most people, you think of an insurance company. And you would be correct: State Farm is an insurance industry leader. But did you know that underlying its success is a very large, progressive, innovative IT shop? State Farm is home to 5,500+ IT employees working in technologies such as Java, iOS, Android, Hadoop, and much more. Want to learn more about this industry leader and how you can become a part of a Fortune 50 organization using your IT skills? Join us as we discuss IT @ State Farm.

Speaker's Bio: 

Victor Montgomery, Business Analyst (Recruiting and Hiring). Victor has worked for State Farm for 10+ years. He spent the majority of his career as a software developer (coder, team lead, project coordinator). He also has a background in HR. He is currently responsible for recruiting and hiring IT professionals (interns, entry-level, and experienced).

Sheneeka Ward, Software Developer (Java). Sheneeka is a 2014 graduate of GSU’s computer science program. She currently works as a software developer (Java) supporting State Farm’s claims applications.

New Student Orientation

Speaker: 
GSU/ACM/IEEE
Affiliation: 
Time: 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
25 Park Place, Sub-Basement Break Room
Fall
2015

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.

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