Majors Making it Happen
Majors in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department have been sharing their knowledge and expertise over the past several months competing in local, national, and regional Computer Programming Challenges. Competitions have led them to Baltimore, Delaware, Ohio, and New York. Participants and results:
In November, the Mathematics and Computer Science Club at SU hosted their third Computer Programming Challenge “GullCode”. Over 50 Computer Science majors participated in the event.
GullCode was sponsored by the Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology, ApartmentSmart.com, FEi Systems, D3Corp, and Delmarva Digital.
Team wins at UMES 2014 Regional Research Symposium
The Graduate School at UMES held its Fifth Annual Regional Research Symposium on April 17, 2014. The theme "Fostering Interdisciplinary Research and Education through Collaboration". Two groups of Computer Science students presented their research projects. Joshua Souders, Tyler Frost, Hilary Vernon, Rob Close, and Brandon Altvater under the advising of Drs. Steven Lauterburg and Art Lembo won first place out of 23 oral presentations, with their project "Creating the Sea Gull Century Mobile Application A Multi-Discipline Effort".
With combined efforts from the Departments of Math and Computer Science, Geography and Geoscience, and the Purdue School of Business a mobile application was developed allowing Sea Gull Century patrons to access GPS positioning, course details, and vendor information.
Spring 2014 Math and Computer Science Programming Competition
The 2nd Math and Computer Science Programming Competition was held on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Forty-two students made up the 14 teams that competed. Each team was given 3 hours to correctly solve a set of problems using either JAVA or C++. The team with the most correct answers was declared the winner. Congratulations to the winners, first place; Jesse Aldrich, Miracle Chike-Udeagha, and Kevin Masterson, second place; David Eberius, Tyler Frost, and Josh Shultz, and third place; Rachel Hollis, Lucas Turpin, and Charlie Sun.
Haley Quillen named Elite 89 Award Winner
The NCAA championship weekend started on a high note for Salisbury University field hockey team as senior Haley Quillen was named the Elite 89 Award recipient for the Division III field hockey championship.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA in 2009, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.Haley is a senior on the field hockey squad, with a 3.932 grade-point average as a mathematics major. Her GPA is the highest of any player on the four teams in the semifinals. The Seaford, Delaware, native is the second Sea Gull to earn the honor, joining Sean Hickey, who was named the winner during the men's lacrosse championships in 2010.
November 12, 2013
SU Students Win J.P.Morgan Code for Good Challenge in New York
Four Salisbury University computer science majors took first place in the fall 2013 J.P.Morgan Code for Good Challenge in New York City. They topped 23 other teams, including ones from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon. More importantly, they used their technical skills to help Mana, a nonprofit that produces and distributes ready-to-use fortified foods to aid malnourished children in developing countries.
Team members included Matt Thorne and Brandon Altvater of Salisbury, Rob Close of Delmar and Cale Bowen of Easton, as well as Richard Yadon from Rochester Institute of Technology and Sandeep Sunny Balasubramanian from Columbia University.
Together they created a Web-based social network application that individuals may use to track calories burned through exercise and, much like walk-a-thons, solicit sponsors to contribute to the charity based on the number of calories burned.
Some 140 individuals competed in the event. The SU group applied just three hours before the deadline. Two weeks later, they were accepted from a pool of over 700. Each winning team member received an iPad mini 32G tablet.
The students cited several useful topics, which they learned from their SU professors, including software engineering and user needs from Dr. Steven Lauterburg, database design from Mary Beth Flagg, computer networking and HTTP protocol from Dr. Annie Lu, and problem-solving from Dr. Sang-Eon Park.
These students worked independently and persistently throughout the whole competition process; we are very proud of them, said Dr. Sophie Wang. The team called her one of its biggest supporters, along with Lauterburg, and credited her with teaching them the importance of collaboration.
The group members believe the experience will help open future internship possibilities and make them more viable candidates to potential employers.
November 9, 2013
First Math and Computer Science Programming Competition
Teams were given a set of problems to be solved using either JAVA or C++ which required a logical or mathematical algorithm to solve.
Congratulations to the winners first place; Matt Thorne, Andrew Jones, and Kevin Masterson and second place: Mike Gicking and Jesse Aldrich