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The CS Department is pleased to offer the following Fall Semester 2014 courses, thanks to funding received from the Provost's Office.  The courses were added to the Schedule of Classes on July 15th.

CSCI 112, Programming with C, 3 credits
CSCI 232, Data Structures and Algorithms, 4 credits
[July 2014]

13 Montana State University students and 6 Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten students are participating in a problem solving course being offered by the CS Department.  The course is being conducted at Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten in the Lake Constance area of Germany during the first six week summer session.  If you read German, this article provides additional details. [May 2014]

Brendan Mumey has received $20K from the Provost's Office to apply sequence analysis methods from computational biology to examine MSU student transcript and graduation data.  The goal is to determine if improvements can be made in course sequencing and student advising in order to bolster student success and graduation rates.  Ph.D. student Sean Yaw will assist.  Congratulations!  [May 2014]

The CS Department welcomes the following students who are participating in an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site entitled, Research in Networking and Networks with Applications to Sustainability.  This year's participants are Ben DeMeo (MA), Jenna Hoole (MA), Brooke Kelsey (CT), Emily McCorry (MA), Samuel Micka (WI), Natalie Pollard (SC), Emily Rohrbough (NE), Kayla Skundberg (MN), Josh Thelen (MT) and Hanlu Ye (CO).  The REU program is led by Professors Brendan Mumey and Clem Izurieta. [May 2014]

Louis Schmittroth, who served as Montana State's inaugural Computer Science Department Head from 1968 - 1975, passed away at age 89 on April 26th.  His contributions to our department and to MSU are deeply appreciated.  Our condolences go out to his family and friends. [May 2014[

Big Sky Dev Con 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, June 7 in the EPS Building.  More information.  [April 2014]

The following people received recognition at the end-of-the-year Computer Science awards ceremony.  Outstanding Teaching Assistant: Eben Howard, Outstanding Ph.D. Researcher: Liessman Sturlaugson, Outstanding Faculty Service: John Sheppard, Outstanding Faculty Research: Qing Yang, Student Selected Professor of the Year: Hunter Lloyd.  Congratulations! [April 2014]

Our remodel of EPS 254 into a Japanese-themed, student success center is complete.  Please help us celebrate by attending our Grand Opening on Friday, February 28th.  An open house runs from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. that includes a program at 4:15 p.m.  MSU News Article.  A video recording of the event.  [February 2014]

On Friday, February 21st, 12 Computer Science graduate students displayed posters of their research in the EPS Atrium.  Serving as judges were members of the department's advisory board.  Golden Helix provided generous prizes.  Sean Yaw, advised by Brendan Mumey, was awarded first place for a poster entitled Non-Preemptive Peak Demand Job SchedulingGuangchi Liu, advised by Qing Yang, took second for a poster entitled Assessment of Multi-Hop Interpersonal Trust in Social Networks by Three-Valued Subjective LogicMelissa Dale, advised by Clem Izurieta, took third for a poster entitled Design Pattern Grime and its Impact on Technical Debt.  [February 2014]

The Computer Science Department is involved in a team-taught, dual enrollment course at Bozeman High School this semester.  Bozeman Daily Chronicle ArticleMSU News Article. [February 2014, May 2014].

Students who graduate with a B.S. degree in Spring 2015 or later will use DegreeWorks to file for graduation instead of the current paper method.  Spring 2015 graduates should file their graduation application during August or September of Fall Semester 2015.  Our certification officer, Hunter Lloyd, will communicate additional information as the time gets closer. [February 2014]

Dr. Qing Yang and Dr. Mike Wittie have received $198K from the Montana Department of Transportation to develop the NorthWest Passage (NWP) Operations and Travel Information Integration Sharing (OTIIS) system.  The project will enable safer and better-informed travel on roads in the northwest.  Congratulations!  [November 2013]

The Numerical Intelligent Systems Laboratory (NISL) under the direction of Dr. John Sheppard has received a $26K Phase I SBIR with the US Navy.  Methods to capture and analyze data from automatic test equipment to predict future failures of electronic systems will be explored. The associated work is in conjunction with IEEE standardization efforts in electronic test and diagnosis. NISL is partnered with Qualtech Systems, Inc., a small business that provides diagnostic and health management tools and services. [November 2013]

RightNow Technologies founder Greg Gianforte has pledged to give the CS Department more than $200,000 over three years to initiate three programs to recruit students into computer science and help meet the state’s demand for high-tech workers.  MSU Article.  [October 2013]

There is a departmental linkedIn group entitled Montana State University Computer Science Alumni Network.  The group is open to alumni of the department, as well as current and former faculty, staff, advisory board members and supporters.  If you are a member of one of these groups, please consider joining!  [July 2010].