Public invited to Cameron University’s Computing and Technology Week

The Cameron University Department of Computing and Technology will host Computing and Technology Week from April 10-12 with a series of presentations that will feature a broad range of topics. Among the featured speakers will be several Cameron alumni. All presentations will take place in the CETES Conference Center and are open to the public at no charge. 

On Wednesday, April 10, Cameron student and Microsoft representative Demilade Adenuga will present “Navigating the New Windows 8” at 11 a.m. This session will contain valuable information about the intricacies of using the Windows 8 operating system.

Also on Wednesday, Cameron alumna Dr. Catherine Stringfellow will present “Mobile Application Development at Midwestern State University.” Stringfellow, a professor of computer science at MSU, will describe issues in developing mobile device applications and using smart phone applications as projects in a software engineering course and the iMustangs App research project. She will be joined by Cameron alumnus Matthew Farmer, now a graduate student at MSU, who will share his experience as a student in developing such a project. The presentation will begin at 2 p.m.

On Thursday, April 11, Dr. Robert Miller, Chief Knowledge Officer at Darwin Global, LLC/Smart Horizons Career Online Education/NexPort Solutions, will address “Key Skills in the Web Application Development Marketplace” beginning at 11 a.m. Miller will discuss the knowledge, skills and attitudes - spanning the areas of technology communication and personal commitment - that prospective web application developers must possess.

At 1 p.m., Shahbaz Javed, Division Safety Manager of Rosendin Electric in Orange County, Calif., will present “The Changing World of Electrical Safety in the Workplace,” covering the responsibilities of both the employer and the employee. Javed provides technical resources for safety which includes regularly auditing job sites, conducting accident/incidence investigations, pre-task planning, training and keeping up to date on all OSHA, federal and state regulations.

On Friday, April 12, Cameron alumnus David Riede, Owner, Historian and Lead Developer, SimGuild, Inc., will present the keynote address, “Making History: SimGuild’s Multi-Disciplinary Approach.” The presentation will start at 4 p.m. SimGuild develops and markets software titles that present military history using 3D simulation/recreation, allowing the user to see and explore battlefields and combatants at an individual pace. The titles are developed using a multi-disciplinary approach that utilizes the experience and perspectives of historians and story tellers, graphical artists, sound artists, engineers, programmers, testers, project managers, business analysts and marketers. Riede will demonstrate the company’s first title and then discuss the fundamental principles, specific practices employed and challenges to integrate all disciplines required to produce that title.

Cameron students will demonstrate their knowledge during several computer and technology related competitions. New this year is “Cameron University Future Tech Star,” during which students will pitch an original application or tech/multimedia product to a faculty panel. Pitches can utilize a product that has actually been developed, a prototype, evidence of proof of concept, or simply the idea itself. Students can participate individually or in groups with up to four members. Each individual/team will be allotted 5-7 minutes for the pitch. Pitches will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 11.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 12, students will compete in a Database competition, following by judging of the Multimedia Poster competition and the Programming competition. Winners will be announced following Riede’s keynote address.

Computing and Technology Week is made possible by the Odessa Drinnon Endowed Lectureship in Pre-Engineering Technology and the Ajesh Bhargava Endowed Lectureship in Computing Sciences.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Computing and Technology at 580-581-2335.

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April 2, 2013

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