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    Chapman Pendery named outstanding senior in computer science

    Computer science senior Chapman Pendery has been named the 2021 Outstanding Senior in Computer Science. He will be receiving an Honors Laureate Diploma, which he earned by maintaining a 4.0 GPA during his undergraduate career at Virginia Tech.

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    2021 Virtual Awards Banquet Recognitions

    The Department of Computer Science hosted its virtual awards banquet on April 29, recognizing outstanding achievements by both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as excellence in teaching, research, and service by faculty and staff.

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    Mostafa Mohammed says the joy he receives from teaching is beyond any description

    “The joy I get from teaching is beyond any description. Teaching means to guide students and help them to be better in their life," said Mostafa Mohammed, who received Virginia Tech's 2020 Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Instructor of Record Excellence Award.

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    Jared Cooper has a knack for making lasting impressions , article

    "If you can work with computers, you’re set for life. They can have the biggest impact on the world around you," said computer science senior Jared Cooper. Virginia Tech's engineering introduction course freshman year opened Cooper's eyes to the possibilities of computer science.

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    Hoda Eldardiry receives Early Career Science Award from Purdue University , article

    Hoda Eldardiry, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and faculty at the Sanghani Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, has received an Early Career Science Award from her alma mater, Purdue University.

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    Kirk Cameron named 2021 IEEE Computer Society Fellow , article

    Kirk Cameron, professor of computer science and associate department head for research and engagement, was recently named a 2021 Computer Science Fellow by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in recognition for extraordinary records of professional accomplishments in technology.

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    CS|Source Stakeholder Spotlight: Mitre

    Virginia Tech’s motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) is very aligned with MITRE’s mission. In addition to looking for students that have sustained excellence in their academic engagements, they look for students that can demonstrate speed, risk-taking, adaptability and collaboration.

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    Grady Booch Meets with Software Engineering Capstone Students , article

    Grady Booch, chief scientist for software engineering at IBM, joined Dave Noller’s software engineering capstone (CS:4704) class on March 15 to share his thoughts on the development of software engineering and software architecture since the dawn of computing.

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    Stephen Edwards Recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education

    The Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) of the Association for Computing Machinery has named Stephen Edwards as the 2021 recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education Award.

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    CS|Source Stakeholder Spotlight: CACI , article

    Our people are our greatest asset and Virginia Tech Department of Computer Science graduates are integral to our program’s talent. CACI's intern program boasts more than 200 interns yearly with Virginia Tech Department of Computer Science undergraduates being the largest single-school pool.

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    Works of Wonder Student Virtual Showcase , article

    The Association of Computing Machinery at Virginia Tech will host, “Works of Wonder – Student Project Showcase” on March 25 from 1-4 pm. This event showcases nine computer science students’ personal projects or research projects that have expanded beyond their knowledge in the classroom.

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    Meet Fall 2020 Hokie Grad: Allison DeSantis

    Senior Allison DeSantis says being a part of the Computer Science (CS) Genome team provided her a window into understanding the work done by people in the computer science field. "I had not been involved in research before CS Genome, so seeing how a research team operates gave me a lot of insight into computer science careers that are more research oriented," she said.

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    Student Creativity Shines in Computing Studio Virtual Showcase , article

    For the fall 2020 semester, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sang Won Lee offered his students (mostly seniors) a rare chance to create an artifact of their choice in his Creative Computing Studio course. Eight diverse projects emerged around the themes of remote liveness and internet art, especially relevant given the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Meet Fall 2020 Hokie Grad: Samie Amriui

    As the saying goes, ‘hindsight is 20/20’, as graduating senior Samie Amriui reflects on what advice he would offer his freshman self. “I would tell myself to get involved in the campus community as early as possible, as well as learn scripting languages on my own time to develop a familiarity as they end up being useful later on.”

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    Jin-Hee Cho uses hypergame theory for cyber deception research supported through Army Office of Research grant , article

    Jin-Hee Cho, associate professor and director of the Trustworthy Cyberspace Lab (tClab) in the Department of Computer Science, has received a $285,000 grant from the Army Research Office to investigate for the first time how hypergame theory can be used to mislead an attacker’s belief by deception.

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    Advisory board of national leaders will guide Virginia Tech Innovation Campus , article

    The Innovation Campus Advisory Board includes top executives from Qualcomm, Boeing, KPMG, Northrop Grumman, The Carlyle Group, and Hunch Analytics, along with several tech pioneers. The board will provide valuable perspectives and expertise to Sands and other senior leaders, including Vice President and Executive Director Lance R. Collins who joined Virginia Tech in August.

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    Virginia Tech and UW-Madison Awarded NSF Funding to Help Developers Write More Secure Code , article

    Daphne Yao and Na Meng of Virginia Tech and Barton Miller of the University of Wisconsin-Madison have been awarded $1.2 million over four years by the National Science Foundation Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Program for their project entitled “Deployment-quality and Accessible Solutions for Cryptography Code Development.”

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    Chang-Tien Lu conducts research for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help detect insider threats , article

    “Seemingly innocent insiders can become dangerous due to a number of circumstances including personal relationships and geospatial environments,” said Chang-Tien Lu, a professor in the Department of Computer Science, associate director of the Discovery Analytics Center, and a faculty member in the National Science Foundation- sponsored UrbComp program.

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    Facing off against COVID-19 , article

    In mid-March, when computer science graduate student Liam Chapin was working to produce prototype examples of every kind of face shield he could find online, he was guided by a philosophy he inherited from his dad. “Add your light to the sum of light,’ which is basically ‘take what you can do and try to leave the world a little better place than you found it.”

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