Computer Science News
High School Programming Contest
2013 marks the tenth annual Baldwin Wallace University High School Programming Competition. About two dozen teams representing high schools from the greater Cleveland area participate each year with the support of BW's ACM chapter and local software company, OEConnection. Information about the contest, including past problem sets and results of past competitions, can be found at http://www.bw.edu/news/computertalentshortage/ and http://acm.bw.edu/contest/
Cyber Defense Team Competes
The Baldwin Wallace Cyber Defense team qualified for the regional level of the annual Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) by taking first place at the state level competition in 2013. Read more at: http://www.bw.edu/news/cybersecurity/
BW Adds Software Engineering Degree
With approval from the Ohio Board of Regents, in Fall 2012, BW began offering Northeast Ohio's only baccalaureate major in software engineering, a field that is projected to experience rapid job growth. Read more here: http://www.bw.edu/news/computersoftwareengineermajor/
BW Programming Teams Compete
Baldwin Wallace competed in two collegiate programming contests during spring term 2010. On February 27, 11 teams competed at the 21st Annual Denison Spring Programming Contest. The Baldwin Wallace team composed of Drew Binkley, Adam Pengal, Mitch Raney, and Joe Wrabel solved four of the six problems and took third place. second team members participated.
BW also competed in the Fourth Annual Ohio Wesleyan Programming Contest held on March 27. In all, there were ten teams competing. The BW team of Erik Kaminsky, Adam Pengal, Mitch Raney, and Joe Wrabel placed second, solving three of the six problems. The top team, from the University of Akron, solved three problems as well, but completed them in 11 minutes less, earning them top honors.
Student Chapter Hosts Speed Interviewing Event
The ACM Student Chapter hosted a speed interviewing event on Tuesday, March 23. Students had the opportunity to present themselves in an abbreviated mock interview with industry representatives from the Computer Science Advisory Board. In preparation for the event, the chapter invited Career Services personnel to attend the regular chapter meeting the week before the event to help students polish their resumes.
On November 11, the Department welcomed Jennifer Marsman from Microsoft Corporation. This event, scheduled as part of the new Introductory Seminar in Computer Science, was open to all students, and drew a large crowd. Ms. Marsman gave a highly entertaining account of her path to her current job, as well as some insights into Microsoft and some of its current products.
Programming Teams Compete
Each year, ACM, with support from IBM, sponsors the ACM International Programming Contest. This competition, which tests the programming skills of colleges and universities world-wide, begins at the regional level. Baldwin Wallace University is in the East Central Region, which includes western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, eastern Ontario, and Indiana. This year's regional competition took place on October 31 at four satellite locations. The BW team of Drew Binkley, Konstantin Dinev and Mitch Raney took 71st place out of the 113 teams competing. The top six places at this year's regional went to teams from University of Waterloo, Carnegie Mellon, and The University of Michigan.
Student Places at Muskingum
The First Annual Muskingum Programming Contest was held on September 26, 2009. It is intended to be a warm-up for the Regional ACM contest the following month. Only one of the BW regional team members could attend that Saturday. Kudos to Konstantin Dinev for placing as a one-man team.
Student Chapter Start-of-Year Picnic
The BW ACM Student Chapter started the year off with a picnic on Saturday, September 19. The weather could not have been nicer. The day was spent playing corn hole, jumping on the trampoline, eating lots of great food, and finishing off with marshmallows roasted over an open fire.
Department Expands to West Wing
The Family Life Center vacated the west wing of the Mathematics and Computer Science Building at the end of May, 2009, and moved to their new location on Bagley Road, just west of the railroad tracks. The space was renovated during summer, 2009. It is being used for faculty offices for computer faculty, a computer program office, an upper-level computer lab, a computer classroom, and a large classroom dedicated to serving COL 020 (Aleks) classes. In addition, the film studio and faculty offices for Film Studies and Broadcasting/Mass Communications now reside in the renovated space. During Spring term, 2010, the remaining space in the west wing was used for several Biology labs and faculty offices while the Life and Earth Sciences building was being renovated. They moved to their permanent location in June, 2010, and were replaced by Conservatory faculty who await the renovation of the former Congregational Church and Merner-Pfeiffer.