Howard West, Student Innovation Showcase, & UW Gift (March 2017)

USA Today reported on a new outpost “Howard West” on the Google campus in Mountain View, California. The outpost will offer computer science majors from Howard University (DC) the opportunity to “immerse themselves in coding instruction and tech culture.”

According to the article, between 25 and 30 upperclassmen from Howard will spend 12 weeks at Google this summer receiving instruction from senior Google engineers and Howard faculty. The program is part of Google’s effort to recruit more software engineers from historically black colleges and universities.

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Ru Chen, NY H ’13, is one of six individuals selected to present an invention at the National Academy of Inventors Student Innovation Showcase in April. Chen is an engineering graduate student at the University of Delaware where she has “developed wearable electronic sensors made of a robust soft material with conductivity and the ability to stretch more than traditional materials.”

Her team includes an industrial collaborator and her mentor Norman J. Wagner, Ph.D. (PA G ’84), a chaired professor of engineering at Delaware. “The most interesting thing is that when we stretch the material, the conductivity of the material increases. It’s lightweight, transparent and we can make almost any device out of it,” said Chen. Click here to read the article profiling Chen and her invention. Chen is pursuing her Ph.D. and graduated with a chemical engineering bachelor’s degree from the City College of CUNY (NY).

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The University of Washington (UW) is set to receive $40 million from Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen. The gift will go to the UW computer-science department and in response the Board of Regents has announced the naming of the school to the Paul G. Allen School for Computer Science & Engineering.

Read the article for more information on how the money will be used for research, experimental-education initiatives, and scholarships.

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