The Lewis Math Club's Canned Food Drive was a great success! We were able to donate $190 and 45 lbs of food to Northern Illinois Food Bank! This surpassed last year's donation! Thanks to everyone who donated and especially to Math Club President Leanna Pitsoulakis for leading this project!
Students in the new ACM-W Chapter took a field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry Saturday, December 17. The ACM is the Association of Computing Machinery, an international organization for the advancement of the computer sciences. ACM-W focuses on providing more opportunities for women in the field. We had a wonderful time looking at the various exhibits, including the new Lego-themed "Brick by Brick", and we got a chance to see the Christmas trees with decorations from around the world. It was a fun day.
Increasing the number of women in Computer Science is an important priority for our department. Nationally, only 18 percent of Computer Scientists are women. And yet, this is arguably the field that has the most impact on everyday life today. Technology solutions need to address the needs and interests of all of us. But if the pool of people building those solutions isn't diverse, then it becomes harder to serve everyone with the technologies we build. So, like Computer Science departments across the country, we are taking steps to recruit and retain more women in Computer Science.
Computer Science students John Laschober, Kevin Gannon, Karl Ferraren, Mylene Haus, and Miguel Barboza developed a video game for a contest sponsored by Zurich, Switzerland-based AirConsole. AirConsole manufacturers a platform that enables players to control an on-screen game using their smartphone as the game pad. The Lewis team was one of the only teams from the United States to participate in the competition. Their game is called Falling Fighters. You can watch a demo of it here. They created the game from scratch using C#, Unity, and AirConsole's API. They did a tremendous job, as you'll see from the demo.
Brian Quinlan and Kurt Becker were selected as the recipients of the CaMS Departmental Awards for the Fall 2016 semester. The Departmental Award is given to one student in each major. The recipient of the award must have a GPA of at least 3.5 and show traits such as leadership, involvement, and service. Brian won the award for Computer Science, and Kurt won it for Mathematics.
Congratulations to these outstanding students!
David Santefort (physics major, math minor), Matthew Bunda (physics major, math minor), Joe Onesto (math and computer science double major), and Matthew Knight (math major) were inducted into the Illinois Iota Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon (PME), the national Math Honors Society, on Thursday, October 27th, as part of the ACCA Math Lecture Series.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCASM). NCASM is a time set aside by the Department of Homeland Security to help raise awareness of the growing and persistent threat posed by cyber breaches against individuals, organizations, and critical infrastructures. Dr. Ray Klump, Chair of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, kicked off Lewis University's recognition of NCASM with an Arts and Ideas talk.
Computer Science alumnus Tom Drez gave a talk on cyber security to Lewis students on September 21, 2016, at 7pm. The talk, entitled "Cyber Security, Cyber Risk, and Data Breaches, Oh My!" kicked off the ACCA Computer Science Seminar Series, which Lewis is hosting on the topic of cyber security this fall for the Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area (ACCA).
Alyssa Malzone, a senior math-ed major, and Matthew Knight, a senior math major, both attended and presented at the 2016 MathFest in Columbus Ohio August 3-6. Alyssa presented her talk, "Comparing Assessment Techniques in Calculus II" at the Pi Mu Epsilon undergraduate student paper session. Matthew's talk, "Determining Student Success and Persistence in Mathematics Courses" was presented at the MAA undergraduate student paper session. Both students were awarded travel grants. Matthew received a MAA travel grant, and as part of the Illinois Iota chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, Alyssa was awarded a PME travel grant. Both students worked with Dr. Amanda Harsy on their research projects. Alyssa's project was completed as an independent study and Matthew's research was funded by Lewis University' SURE program.
To learn about other research and conference opportunities or about joining Pi Mu Epsilon or Kappa Mu Epsilon, feel free to contact Dr. Harsy.
At the College of Arts and Sciences Senior Honors Convocation on April 19, several CaMS students were recognized for their academic achievements. The following CaMS students are graduating with Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, or both in Spring 2016 with a GPA of at least 3.5.
Several students from the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences presented at Lewis University's 5th Annual Celebration of Scholarship. The annual event, which gives students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to share their research as a poster or presentation, was held on April 14 across the Romeoville campus.
Five teams of Lewis students from Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, and Chemistry competed in the annual ACCA Calculus Competition. The top three Lewis teams captured 5th, 12th, and 17th place out of a field of 48 teams from 12 different schools.
The Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Lewis University held its first annual Datathon this year on April 8 and 9. The 24-hour event had student teams work together to answer a set of questions based on their analysis of a number of large data sets. The teams used existing data analysis tools and built some of their own in programming languages like Python to identify possible trends and answers that might exist within the given data sets.
With support from the National Security Agency and ComEd, the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences held a competition for high school students called "Guardians of the Grid: A Cyber Security Challenge to Keep the Lights On" on Saturday, April 23. The event was designed to introduce students to how the electric power grid works, the threat posed to the grid by hackers and cyber terrorists, and the basics of the encryption techniques used to protect the grid.
Five Computer Science students won Fourth Place at the Networking and System Infrastructure Competition (NSIC) at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, on April 16 and 17, 2016. The team consisted of Joe Casalino of Shorewood, Steven Day of Minooka, Bryon Nush of Frankfort, Randle Ross of Country Club Hills, and Brandon White of Lemont.
Two Computer Science majors attended the 2016 Women in Cyber Security (WiCYS) Conference, which was held March 31 - April 2 in Dallas, TX. Krystal (Thao) Le presented her project, entitled "Securing DNS Servers Against Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks." Jenna Rolowicz also attended the conference.
The Math Club held an event called "The 7 Deadly Sins of Interviewing - Why GREAT Candidates DON'T Get Hired". Michael Melendrez, Chief Recruiter at Red Circle, discussed resumes do's and don'ts, how to prepare for and dress for an interview, and a variety of other topics related to finding a job.
Six students from the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences were awarded the prestigious Fifty for the Future Award by the Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF) on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The annual award celebrates the potential of fifty students in the computing disciplines to improve people's lives through technology. Read more...
The Math Club sponsored a great Pi Day Celebration on March 14. The main event was a pie sale where people could buy a slice of pay and vote for a candidate to get a pie in the face. Computer Science senior Randle Ross of Country Club Hills was chosen as the pie-in-the-face victim ... err ... winner. Read more...
Video game developer NetherRealm Studios, makers of the Mortal Kombat series, Injustice, and other popular video game titles, visited Lewis Computer Science students on Thursday, March 10. Tom Sakkos and Mirza Baig of NetherRealm described their work, the culture at NetherRealm, and how they got into the industry. Read more...
Lola Beckman-Stevens, ITSM Engineer at General Growth Properties, will give the Computer Science Spring Keynote on March 15 at 6:30pm. She will discuss the Agile Software Methodology and how it can be used to create enterprise-class software on-time and on-budget. You can learn more about the event in this flyer. Please RSVP to attend what will be an excellent talk.
Four CaMS students are perform a vulnerability assessment for the Will County Health Department (WCHD). Gabe Berki of Coal City, Steven Day of Minooka, Alejandro Rodriguez of Seneca, and Brandon White of Lemont are assisting WCHD examine its systems for cyber security vulnerabilities. At the end of the project, the team will report to WCHD any vulnerabilities it finds and recommend steps to mitigate them. This is a great way for them to practice what they have learned in their Computer Science courses.
Melanie Harrison, a senior double-major in Mathematics and Computer Science from Tinley Park, presented a poster at the Spie Medical Medical Imaging 2016 Conference in San Diego. Her work, entitled "A Computer-Aided Diagnosis System to Detect Pathologies in Temporal Subtraction Images of Chest Radiographs", stemmed from her work at an REU at the University of Chicago this past summer that focused on data science.
Computer Science students from the Department of Computer and Mathematical Science (CaMS) won First Place in the 2016 ACCA Programming Competition on February 20, 2016. The team beat thirteen other teams to take the top prize. Nicholas Biegel, Andrew Camphouse, Robert Dudasik, Michael Korzon, Steven Suggett, and Pete Thongsri represented Lewis. Read more...
Lewis University students in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (CaMS) participated in the 2016 Illinois Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) on February 20, 2016. The annual event is the qualifying contest for regional and national Collegiate Cyber Defense Competitions. It challenges students to keep an information technology infrastructure functioning while new demands are placed on it and while several hackers try to bring the system down. Read more...
Welcome to the home page of Lewis University Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences(CaMS). These are exciting times to be a Math or Computer Science major, particularly at Lewis. Every day, new technologies are being developed that were created by computer scientists like our students. Some of these technologies may fundamentally change how we work, play, and communicate. And all of these technologies function based on the laws of math. Few other majors can boast the opportunity to transform the world the way Computer Science can, and few other majors enable you to understand those transformative forces the way Mathematics can. At Lewis, we are looking for ways to bring that potential to fruition, preparing students to be tomorrow's computer innovators and problem solvers.