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CS Major Nora Devlin ’19 reflects on her experiences at W&L

“Attending W&L has made me more conscious of societal issues and more confident in my own opinions and beliefs.”  

Junior Nora Devlin shares how being a part of the Washington & Lee community has shaped her views and given her a stronger personal identity.  Click on the link below to learn more about Nora…

https://columns.wlu.edu/a-stronger-sense-of-self/



Spotlight on Seniors: Lex McGriff ’18 and Sima Sharma ’18

As they prepare for graduation and the future, Lex McGriff and Sima Sharma share their W&L experiences and student successes.

Lex McGriff, a Computer Science and Sociology double major shares her leadership experiences as the vice president of the Student Association for Black Unity (SABU) and vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK).  Lex also talks about her association with the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Diversity Sub-Committee of Strategic Planning.

Sima Sharma, majoring in Computer Science and East Asian Languages and Literatures (Chinese), discusses her extracurricular involvement with the Multicultural Student Association, the Student Association for International Learning, the Student Environmental Action League and her participation with the Rockbridge County Schools tutor program.

Through Lex’s developing supervisory skills and a Sima’s passion for cultural diversity, these bright and enterprising W&L seniors are sure to have continued success in their future endeavors!  Learn more about their stories by clicking on the links below:

 

https://columns.wlu.edu/leaders-like-me/Lex McGriff/

https://columns.wlu.edu/diversity-of-experiences/Sima Sharma/

 



CSCI Major Janie Martin ’18 –Breakthrough Achievement at Hackathon!

Senior Janie Martin attended Rice University’s 7th annual Hackathon this past weekend in Houston with the goal of trying to solve some of the biggest problems in health care today.  The Hackathon competitors were in a 36 hour race against each other to develop new software and hardware to solve challenges identified by doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital. About 400 hackers competed for various prizes.

For Janie, the competition provided an opportunity to solve a medical problem that she herself once suffered from, encephalitis.  Janie and her teammates developed a product called Memory Eyes which is a device that uses image detection and facial recognition software to assist with cognitive disorders.  Cognitive impairment is a major component of encephalitis.  As Janie explains it, with encephalitis,  “You could be standing in a grocery store talking to someone when suddenly you have no idea where you are or who they are.” “With a press of a button, Memory Eyes will tell you who you’re talking to, where you are and remind you what you were there to get.”

Click on the link below to read more about Janie’s accomplishments and other cutting edge health care successes of Hackathon!

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Rice-University-s-Hackathon-work-to-solve-health-12225209.php

 



CSCI Major Mary Catherine Greenleaf ’19: Digital Humanities Experience

Mary Catherine, a Computer Science and Studio Art major, describes her recent participation in a Digital Humanities project, and shares her enthusiasm for blending art with computer science.

 

https://columns.wlu.edu/preserving-snippets-smidgens-and-scraps-of-history/



List of CSCI Graduates–Class of 2017

Congratulations!!!

Computer Science Majors:

(some of) Class of '17
(some of) the Class of ’17

Azmain Amin
Phil Bennett
Lenny Enkhbold
Fred Gisa
Stevan Hall-Mejia
Rob Jones
Jordan Krasner
Perry O’Connor
Patrick Ozark
Lauren Revere
Mina Shnoudah
Shane Siebken
Jamie White
Brennon Williams

Computer Science Minors:

Asha Campbell
Dan Claroni
Michael Garcia
Evan Hinkle
Joe Perrella
Nika Pogrebna
Rachel Stone



Highlight on CSCI Alum Cory Walker ’15 work in the field of Cyber Security

While at W&L, Cory Walker majored in computer science and minored in music.  After graduation, Cory attended JMU and received her master’s in computer science and digital forensics.  She is currently working with the government in the field of Cyber Security.  Click on the link below to learn more about Cory’s exciting endeavors!

https://columns.wlu.edu/licensed-to-hack/

 



CSCI Minor Liza Freed ’18 honored at the 2017 WGCA Awards Banquet

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) announced its 2017 Division III Awards in Houston, Texas earlier this month.  Washington and Lee junior Liza Freed (Alexandria, Va. / St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) was among those honored.  Click on the link to read more about her achievements:

http://www.generalssports.com/sports/wgolf/2016-17/releases/WGCA17

 



Meet Johnson Scholar and CSCI Major Karishma Patel ’18

Karishma, a double major in Business Administration and Computer Science is currently studying abroad in Madrid.  Click on the link to learn more, as she shares her insights and experiences…

https://columns.wlu.edu/karishma-patel-18



Grace Hopper Conference 2016 — Celebrating Women in Computer Science

Alexus McGriff ’18, Karishma Patel ’18, and Professor Sara Sprenkle attended the 2016 Grace Hopper  Women in Computing Conference, in Houston, Texas, October 18-22. The primary focus of the Conference was technical and professional development with a highlight being that Alexus was awarded a scholarship to attend.  The conference has grown over the years to about 15,000 attendees–this one being the biggest GHC conference yet.   This was Prof. Sprenkle’s 9th Hopper Conference and she attended, in part, as Co-Chair of the Faculty Track.   Her first one, in Vancouver, had about 600 attendees. With GHC  expanding to 15,000–it’s a completely different experience now!

Alexus provided a wonderful observation about the conference: “In short, I feel that it was a great opportunity to be put into contact with a lot of powerful women, and not solely for networking reasons, but to simply be inspired by them. It was such an amazing feeling to be able see a great woman in computing every where I turned for four straight days. It was my first GHC, and I totally plan to go again next year!”

The conference web site is:  http://ghc.anitaborg.org/

The Keynote speaker was Latanya Sweeney: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latanya_Sweeney

Grace Hopper’s profile can be found at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Hopper

Here are some pictures from GHC 2016:

Alexus in a Google car
Alexus in a Google car
alexus_latanya
Alexus met Latanya Sweeney after Latanya’s keynote speech
sprenkle_with_hopper
Prof. Sprenkle excited (perhaps a little too much?!) to get her picture taken with a cartoon version of Grace Hopper!

 

karishmaandfriends

And here’s  a little movie of Karishma and friends having fun at the Google booth!

 

 

 

 



CSCI Major Johanna Goergen ’16 Thesis Defense

Date: 4/8/2016
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Computer Science Dept.
(reception at 3:30)

Johanna Goergen ’16 will defend her Thesis on Friday, April 8th at 4pm in the CSCI Department.

“Leveraging Parameter and Resource Naming Conventions to Improve Test Suite Adherence to Persistent State Conditions”

A web application is a software application whose functionality can be accessed by users over the Internet via web browsers. As web applications take on vital and sensitive responsibilities, it is critical that web applications are well-tested and maintained before they are deployed to the public and with every subsequent update or change. A common approach to automating web application testing is test suite generation based on user sessions. Although these approaches to automated testing are promising,
they leave room for improvement in effectiveness due to their lack of adherence to requirements imposed by data outside of application code, such as data stored in databases. My objective is to contribute an approach to creating more effective web application test suites based on predicting the content of the application’s external data store(s) throughout testing.

 




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