Members of the Numbers and Bytes student organization took a private tour of Cisco headquarters in the Research Triangle of Raleigh, NC on Friday February 14th, 2014. Cisco Systems, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company and is one of the leaders in designing, selling and manufacturing networking hardware in the world. Coastal Carolina University alumnus Derek Frimpong ('12), arranged and gave the students the tour. Students were able to walk through one of Cisco’s massive data centers while getting an understanding of the culture of working at Cisco. One of Cisco’s partners, NetApp, also offered a tour of one of that company’s data centers.

The next day, Numbers and Bytes students traveled to UNC Chapel Hill to attend TEDxUNC. TEDx allows speakers from around the world to come together and talk about “Ideas Worth Spreading.” This year’s TEDxUNC conference was themed "Taking Flight," and featured speakers and performers exploring how individuals, groups, and ideas all metaphorically take flight. One of the speakers that Numbers and Bytes students were able to meet after the talks was NASA astronaut Dr. Jerry M Linenger. Dr. Linenger spoke to CCU’s students, sharing his feeling that the only thing better than being in space was spending time with loved ones and family.

The Numbers and Bytes club wishes to thank CCU College of Science Dean Michael Roberts, CSIS Department Chair Dr. Will Jones, Derek Frimpong of Cisco Systems, Diane Wilson of OSAL at CCU, the CCU Student Government Association, and everyone else who made this trip possible. Numbers and Bytes meets every Thursday at 6:00pm in Room 203 of the Coastal Science Center.

The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems is proud to announce the selection of two Outstanding Graduates for 2014. Brian Atkinson (Computer Science major) and Daria Horinbein (Information Systems major) were nominated and voted on by faculty members in the department.

Brian W. Atkinson is a graduating senior in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. As an undergraduate, Brian completed two summer research internships at Clemson University in the area of parallel file systems and will be starting graduate school in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson in Fall 2014. Prior to starting graduate school, Brian will intern for the summer at the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he will be working with a software fault injection tool that is used to predict how large numeric simulations behave in the presence of different types of data corruption. Brian is graduating with an overall GPA of 4.0.

Daria Horinbein is a graduating senior Information Systems major with a minor in Business Administration. Prior to this degree, Daria completed a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management with honors. Daria is a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, an International Honor Society for the Computing and Information disciplines, and Golden Key International Honor Society. She recently traveled to the ACM Computer Science Education conference in Atlanta to present her team software engineering project on developing Leap Motion programs. She is graduating with an impressive 4.0 overall GPA.

Brian W. Atkinson, a CCU Computer Science graduating senior, has been offered the opportunity to work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory during the summer of 2014 on a research-oriented internship in the Ultrascale Systems Research Center. Working under the direction of Dr. Nathan DeBardeleben, the Center’s lead resilience research scientist, Mr. Atkinson will be working with a software fault injection tool that is used to predict how large numeric simulations behave in the presence of different types of data corruption. After summer 2014, Mr. Atkinson is scheduled to start graduate school in computer engineering at Clemson University with research advisor, Dr. Walt Ligon.

A document detailing the plans for the summer internship can be found here.

The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems was honored this January to receive the award for Best Overall Assessment Report from 2012-2013. Dr. Jean French is the assessment coordinator for the department as well as one of the two points of contact for the College of Science regarding assessment. The credit for this award goes to Dr. French and the others on her departmental assessment team! Dr. French compiled reports for both the Computer Science program and the Information Systems program.

The University-Wide Assessment Committe for Student Learning reviewed all of the more than fifty departmental assessment reports and came up with four reports to recommend to Interim Provost Dr. Ralph Byington for special recognition. The reports from Computer Science and Information Systems were ranked #1 out of these four.

The Department received recognition at the Spring General Faculty Meeting, as well as an official plaque and a cash award. Everyone in the CSIS Department is very proud of Dr. French's work.

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