Jobs & Computer Science in the News (December 2015)

Here is a list of current job opportunities:

1. Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering with Miami University in Middletown, OH
2. Software Engineer, Mobile Products at Forbes Media in Jersey City, New Jersey
3. Assistant Professor of Mining & Engineering at the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, MO
4. Assoc. Principal SW Quality Engineer with EMC in Bangalore, India
5. Electrical Engineer III at Merrick & Company in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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The Columbia Daily Spectator (NY), recently published an article regarding efforts of Columbia University faculty, administrations, and students to allow computer science students to be recognized with the “engineering field’s highest honor” of being elected to join Tau Beta Pi. Three representatives from the New York Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi, at Columbia, traveled to the 2015 Tau Beta Pi Convention to present their appeal of the curriculum, including NY Alpha Chapter Advisor Scott M. Trocchia, DC G ’11.

Their curriculum appeal was not granted by the 2015 Convention delegation, but the chapter can petition again in 2016, and plans to do so. Current, Columbia School of Engineering & Applied Science Dean Mary C. Boyce, Ph.D. (VA B ’81), explains: “TBP is a recognition of the top engineering students and within SEAS, our computer science degree is indeed a bachelor in science, students take all the basic requirements as the other engineering students,” Dr. Boyce said. “There’s a strong sense that this is a community, a community of students, degree programs that really have an engineering basis, and our students should be recognized in that way.”

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Teach For America has announced a research grant that it has received from the National Science Foundation “to support the recruitment, training, and professional development of computer science educators in low-income high schools.” According to the news release, the “grant will help provide computer science courses in urban and rural public high schools in 10 Teach For America regions over the next three years, beginning immediately with New York City; South Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; and the Rio Grande Valley.”

“Low-income students and students of color in the United States do not receive the high-quality, rigorous computer science instruction needed for success in college and beyond,” said Joseph P. Wilson, Ph.D. (FL A ’07), senior managing director of Teach For America’s STEM Initiative and the project’s principal investigator. In total, more than 80 teachers will be trained in computer science, advocate for computer science instruction at their school, and then have the option to become ECS professional development facilitators in their local communities.

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