SemanticFuse Addresses Database Class

On Thursday, February 26th, the Database class saw a guest speaker from SemanticFuse. Eric Axel Franzon gave a presentation to the students about the Semantic Web.

According to Wikipedia, the Semantic Web is “a collaborative movement led by international standards body the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).[1] The standard promotes common data formats on the World Wide Web. By encouraging the inclusion of semantic content in web pages, the Semantic Web aims at converting the current web, dominated by unstructured and semi-structured documents into a “web of data”. The Semantic Web stack builds on the W3C’s Resource Description Framework (RDF).[2].”

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SoFi visits CS department

Recruiting representatives from Social Finance, Inc (student loans with a conscience) were in town for the Career Fair. Among the representatives were Peter Wolf, Ty Murray and Eric Servertson (Picture below). Many of you may know Peter. He graduated from our graduate program a few years ago. You may also recognize Eric Servertson. He is also a CS alum from about a decade ago. They gave a presentation to our Capstone Class students (since they are about to graduate).

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Also in attendance was their Technical Recruiting Manager, Meredith Wisniewski (not shown, she was actually recruiting [working :-) ] at the fair at the time of the picture). Their goal is to add 50 programmers (perhaps as many as a hundred) over the next year. Wow!

These folks hail from SoFi’s Helena office, but the company’s home office is in San Francisco. It was great to see you!


Representatives from NSA visit the department

Representatives from the National Security Agency were on campus Wednesday and Thursday (Career Fair on Wednesday and Interviews Thursday). They were especially interested in Computer Science students, so we setup an information session on Wednesday at 11:00 in Social Sciences 362.

There was pizza and refreshments, and the NSA brought some swag. The students were very curious. It was a great session.
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Prospective graduate students from Salish Kootenai College visit the department

On February 13th, a number of prospective graduate students and faculty members from Salish Kootenai College visited the department. They were split into two groups, and those students identified as coming from Engineering (including IT), Math and Chemistry visited the Math, Chemistry, and Computer Science departments.

Faculty members from the CS department attended a lunch with the entire entourage, and then led their group back to the department for an informal tour and Q/A session.



Oracle Comes to Town

On Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb 3 and 4), representatives from Oracle (Lindsay McCracken, Jason Ehrhart and Dave Doxey) visited the UM Campus. They had a whirlwind tour where they were able to meet with the CIO, the Big Data Faculty group, members of the Missoula College, the Computer Science faculty, the Provost, the Mathematics faculty, the SoBA facilities and faculty, the Computer Science Capstone course, and the Big Data Executive Liaison Committee.

The picture is of Sherri Davidoff, our Cyber Security expert with Jason Ehrhart and Dave Doxey of Oracle when they visited the Cyber Innovation Lab.


Sherri Davidoff, our Cyber Security expert with Jason Ehrhart and Dave Doxey of Oracle

Sherri Davidoff, our Cyber Security expert with Jason Ehrhart and Dave Doxey of Oracle when they visited the Cyber Innovation Lab.


CS visits Rocky Mountain Labs

The Computer Science department, along with reps from BMIS, Missoula College, Library Services, and Internship Services, all made the trek down to Rocky Mountain Labs. The purpose of the visit was to establish connections with the lab for potential student internships.

Rocky Mountain Labs is a premier National Institute of Health (NIH) facility for biomedical research housed right in our back yard (Hamilton, Montana). They constitute the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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IBM Visit

IBM visited the UM Campus on Wednesday, January 14. The reps were Keith Brown (Director for the Strategic University & Industry Alliances Systems & Technology Group), Renato Loffreda-Mancinelli (Consultant for Analytics, Big Data, and MSP – Solutions On Power), and Mary Olson (Solution Sales Executive, Education and Public Sector Solutions in the Western US).ibm-logo-1024x479

They met with various departments, the president, the provost, research and creative scholarship, and integrated communications.

Computer Science met with them and discussed our research and Data Analytics initiative. A good time was had by all.


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