The Numbers and Bytes Club selected 11 motivated students to travel to Clemson, SC to learn more about the Graduate Programs at Clemson University. The students, supervised by CSIS faculty members Dr. Jones and Dr. Murphy, were able to learn what Clemson’s Graduate Program has to offer, and also take a tour of the 3rd fastest academic supercomputer in the world.

The first day of the trip was spent learning about the Digital Productions Arts program. This program is focused on producing technically savvy and talented graduate students who will be able to work in the entertainment/commercial video, film, and gaming industries.

On the second day, each student was able to speak one-on-one with one or more Graduate professors in the student’s area(s) of interest. These faculty members are working on research in such varied fields as Big Data, Parallel Computing Systems, Computer Science Engineering, and many others. Additionally, students were able to talk to Professors who are offering research programs during the summer.

Following the visit, two students were selected from Numbers and Bytes to participate in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU’s) at Clemson University this summer. This is in addition to two other CCU students who have also been invited to participate in Clemson REU’s this summer, for a total of 4 students from our department. The REU’s relate to Data-Intensive Computing and Collaborative Data Vizualization Applications

Students also met with current Ph.D. students Yvon Feaster, Toni Bloodworth and Lauren Dukes (pictured above). Numbers and Bytes students were able to ask questions about applying to graduate school, life at graduate school, their personal research, and about Clemson University.

Next, the students took a private tour of the Data Center at Clemson University’s Information Technology Center (ITC). This data center serves Clemson University and affiliates by powering the Academic and Administrative Systems, as well as the major High Performance Computing (HPC) Systems on campus. Students were able to see all the components required to run a fully functional data center and the Palmetto Cluster (Clemson University's primary HPC resource). This visit allowed students to understand where their undergraduate degree here at Coastal Carolina University can take them.

Numbers and Bytes would like to thank Clemson University’s School of Computing for this opportunity. Specifically, thanks to Chair of the Computer Science Division Dr. Amy Apon, and Assistant Professor Dr. Sekou Remy for their help in organizing the visit. Additionally, thank you to all of the Clemson University professors and Ph.D. students who were involved with the visit, and who offered such valuable information and experiences to our students.

This March, 20 students from the Numbers and Bytes club traveled to Raleigh, NC to attend the Warrior Forum. This event allowed students to gain real world experience that relates directly to CSCI*365 - Advanced Topics in Web Development. The event featured speakers who touched on many of the topics discussed in CSCI*365, such as web development, search engine optimization, web analytics, social media, and e-marketing. Industry professionals shared personal stories of their failures and successes, and discussed how anyone can be successful in the online market. Students had a chance to network and make contacts with the professionals in attendance, a unique opportunity that would be costly outside of a convention setting such as this.

Numbers & Bytes Students attending the Warrior Forum

Numbers and Bytes would like to thank the following: Brian McLeod and Sam England for inviting us to attend this event this year; Dean Roberts, Dr. Jones, Professor Casselman, Diane Wilson and all of those who were involved in making this trip possible; and Dr. French and Mr. French for attending the trip with the group.

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.

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