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Summer camps awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission in Summer 2018

Lamar University College of Art and Science and College of Education and Human Development will host three programming/coding camps in July and August 2018 for transitioning 6th-8th grade girls. These summer camps were funded through Texas Workforce Commission in the amount of $89,753. Stefan Andrei, professor and department chair of computer science served as the principal investigator on this grant proposal. Sujing Wang, assistant professor of computer science, and Otilia Urbina, assistant professor of professional pedagogy served as the co-principal investigators of this project.

The goal of this camp is to offer hands-on experiences that provide challenging and innovative concepts in learning, problem solving, and analytical skills while fostering an interest in computer coding/programming. The three coding/programming summer camps to be conducted on Lamar University’s campus, July 2-7, 2018, July 16-21, 2018, and July 30-August 4, 2018, in partnership with the Beaumont Independent School District, will each be a one-week day camp for transitioning 6th-8th grade girls led by the highest-quality of instructors from the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) faculty. Each camp will be for a separate grade, i.e. 6th, 7th, and 8th and will be from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. daily with lunch provided. Each camp will expose 50 girls (150 total) to coding/programming, problem solving, teamwork and technology application skills through the utilization of Scratch software, LEGO® Mindstorms® Robots (6th gr.), SeaPerch Aquatic Robots (7th gr.) and Raspberry Pi 3 (8th gr.). The camps are intended to extend and complement Lamar University’s mission of establishing additional STEM summer camps that target national gap female technology needs for the purpose of introducing females to a technical learning environment that will expose them to coding/programming careers in anticipation they will pursue careers in coding/programming. The STEM coding/programming camps are collaborative efforts between the College of Arts and Sciences Computer Science Department, the College of Education and Human Development, Distance Education Department, Society of Women Engineers, Golden TriangleTexas for Minority Engineers (GT-TAME), ExxonMobil, Motiva and other industry professionals.   

In addition, to expose females to the wonder of space and technology, a field trip will be scheduled for each camp to NASA/Johnson Space Center Houston in Houston, Texas, which will provide them with an unforgettable lifetime experience, including being introduced to female astronauts. 

Lamar University’s intent, through the implementation of these three female coding/programming summer camps, is to create a formula for developing a sustainability model that will continue to generate interest in females to pursue careers in coding/programming.

For further information about this, please click the link below:

https://www.lamar.edu/education/partnerships-and-initiatives/twc-camp-code-for-girls.html

 

National Science Foundation has awarded Lamar University a $516,031.00 grant

It is our great pleasure to announce that the National Science Foundation has awarded Lamar University a $516,031.00 grant under the provisions of its Major Research Instrumentation Program for the acquisition of a hybrid CPU/GPU high-performance computing cluster (HPCC). Dr. Jing Zhang (PI), Dr. Sujing Wang (co-PI), and Mr. Frank Qingguo Sun (Senior Personnel) from our department (Computer Science, part of College of Arts and Sciences) and Dr. Yueqing Li (co-PI, Department of Industrial Engineering) as well as Dr. Tao Wei (co-PI, Department of Chemical Engineering - Dr. Wei resigned at the end of Summer 2017 and is no longer with Lamar) were awarded by National Science Foundation, award #: 1726500, for the proposal titled MRI: Acquisition of a Hybrid CPU/GPU High Performance Computing Cluster for Research and Education at Lamar University for a period of three years starting on October 1, 2017.

                With the exponential growth in data acquisition and data generation in multiple research areas, traditional computer servers/workstations are no longer adequate to handle the size and complexity of current data sets. The hybrid CPU/GPU HPCC has become an indispensable tool for a variety of leading-edge research and educational activities.

                This three-year grant supports the purchase of a state-of-the-art HPCC with hybrid CPU/GPU processors, which will make it possible to deploy the best suited computing nodes to perform traditional CPU-based, GPU-based, and hybrid CPU/GPU-based data-intensive computing tasks at LU. The instrument will significantly increase heterogeneous computing capability and greatly facilitate a variety of research projects in the areas of imaging genomics, deep learning, big data, computational neuroscience, molecular physics, advanced materials research, scientific optimization, water and air quality analysis, transportation systems, electronic structure calculations, nucleic acid biomarker discovery and epigenetics, and many more. The instrument is also an essential educational tool with the potential to foster interest among faculty in the development of new courses that will integrate state-of-the-art research into undergraduate and graduate curricula. All trained students will have access to the excellent computing environment that will broaden their knowledge and research experiences. The hands-on experience will further provide students with unique training that will increase their competitiveness in relation to their future careers. Local high school students will have an opportunity to visit LU's Data Center and experience the power of the HPCC, which will be an effective means for showcasing the modern technology available to future researchers and engineers.

Android Programming Course Offered in Summer 2017

The Department of Computer Science at Lamar University is excited to offer an online summer course in Android programming.  The introductory course is available for students with basic skills in Java or C++ programming and is taught by Dr. Timothy Roden, Associate Professor of Computer Science.  The course coincides with a new initiative by the Department to offer more courses in mobile application development.  The course starts on June 5 and runs for 10 weeks.  It is available for both Lamar students and students from other universities who would like to learn basic skills in Android programming.  Topics in the course include user interface design, graphics, games, user input techniques and audio programming.  The Android operating system powers over 80% of smartphones worldwide and opportunities for Android developers and new graduates with Android skills are plentiful.  For example, job hosting site Monster.com recently listed over 1,000 positions for Android developers.  Dr. Roden has taught Android programming since 2009 at two different universities and has worked as both a researcher and author of Android applications.  Students enrolled in the course will create Android applications that are able to run on a physical Android device and a PC-based emulator.  This means that students do not necessarily need to own an Android device in order to register for the course.  For more information, current Lamar students can contact Dr. Roden at troden@lamar.edu.  Students from other universities should contact the Lamar Admissions office about registering for summer courses.

Computer Science Department announces project to create the Avatar-based Virtual Campus of Lamar University

Posted On: 9/18/2015 8:44:00 PM
The Department of Computer Science is excited to announce a new student project to create the Avatar-based Virtual Campus of Lamar University. This project is supported by the Department of Computer Science and the Center for Innovation and Commercialization Entrepreneurship. This platform provides a virtual look for Lamar Campus with buildings of interest.  Read More