Public invited to Cameron University’s Computing and Technology Expo

The Cameron University Department of Computing and Technology will host a Computing and Technology Expo on March 28-29 with a series of presentations and student competitions.  All presentations are open to the public at no charge.

On Tuesday, March 28, Cameron faculty member Dr. Pedro Diaz-Gomez will present “Hacking a Secure Shell Server” at 11 a.m. in the CETES Conference Center.

On Wednesday, March 29, Linda Paridon will present “Project Management: Top 10 Reasons Why Projects Fail” at 3 p.m. in Howell Hall 206. Paridon is Chief, Fire Support Branch, Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Software Engineering Directorate (SED). CERDEC’s mission is to discover, develop, and deliver innovative technology and integrated solutions that enable, shape and transform the joint warfighter's ability to collect, disseminate, and protect information, knowledge and understanding.  Paridon leads the Fires Division’s process improvement and quality assurance efforts. She earned a B.S. in Computer Science from University of New Hampshire and an M.S. in Systems Management of Information Systems from University of Southern California. .She served for three years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a computer programmer.

Cameron students will demonstrate their knowledge during several computer and technology related competitions throughout the week. The Ethical Inquiry competition provides an opportunity for up to eight students to engage in a significant discussion about ethical dilemmas in the fields of information technology, computer science and multimedia.

The Database competition contains two parts. Students will first design a database given certain business requirements; then, they will demonstrate their ability to use Structured Query Language to provide business answers to various questions

For the Poster competition, students will create an original 13” by 19” digital poster finished in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator. Students will choose their own theme. 

In the Microsoft Office Solutions competition, teams will use Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access to create an end-to-end data management and presentation solution. Successful teams will demonstrate creative thinking to solve business problems and an in-depth knowledge of the MS Office suite.

The Programming contest will test problem-solving and programming skills. Students will be given the opportunity to work as members of a team and experience the challenges of solving several problems in a team environment under time constraints.

The Hacking contest will test participants’ knowledge of White, Grey, and Black Box Penetration Testing and the ability to document the findings in a format similar to a Security Assessment Report, while working through problems that could be experienced if the proper care is not taken to protect the assets of a corporation.

Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on Wednesday. in Room 107 of Howell Hall.

The Computing and Technology Expo is made possible by the Ajesh Bhargava Endowed Lectureship in Computing Sciences.

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



March 21, 2017