Congratulations to the University of Montana Computer Science Graduates of 2016!
The owner of Orbital Shift, Kevin O’Reilly, graduated from the University of Montana with a Master of Science in Computer Science. See what Scott Hinshaw, a Management Information Systems Senior with minors in Computer Science & Mathematics, had to say about his experience interning for Kevin’s company in Internship Service’s recent interview.
Six University of Montana computer science seniors have reached for the stars by launching an interactive website to help teach physics and astronomy.
UM students Alexander Dunn, Aaron Cameron, Benjamin Campbell, Dillon Wood, Michael Kinsey and Rebecca Faust worked on the project as part of a course taught by computer science Professor Joel Henry (Advanced Programming: Theory and Practice II). They also collaborated with Diane Friend, a lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
An international team that includes University of Montana Computer Science Professor Jesse Johnson has learned that the Earth’s internal heat enhances rapid ice flow and subglacial melting in Greenland.
Mass spectrometry is a technique used to identify the chemical makeup of a given sample, and University of Montana researcher Robert Smith just earned funding that may improve the process.
Smith, a UM computer science assistant professor, was awarded a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation. He will receive $742,000 during the next five years.
CAREER grants are the most prestigious award for junior faculty, and this is the third one presented to a UM researcher this year.
“I am very excited for this award,” Smith said. “It provides the resources for the next phase of our research, which presents the possibility of dramatically advancing the field of mass spectrometry.”
Mass spectrometry has a broad range of applications of societal interest, including in medicine, forensics and basic biological sciences. Smith said his research develops new analysis techniques that allow mass spectrometry data to be used in ways that are not currently possible. This may lead to advances in fields like medical diagnostics, drug development and better research into poorly understood ailments involving proteins, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
He said mass spectrometry plays a role in many investigations because it can quantify and identify the major components – such as proteins, lipids, metabolites – of almost any cellular system.
His research develops a fundamentally different approach to mass spectrometry output signal analysis by:
Smith said a significant part of his plan involves outreach to Seeley-Swan High School, where researchers and teachers will team up to teach students problem-solving skills using computers in subjects such as chemistry, math and biology.
“With Robert receiving this award, we now have three CAREER grants this year, which matches 2009 – the last time we accomplished this scientific hat trick,” said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship. “It’s gratifying that the NSF is recognizing the amazing potential of our young research faculty members.”
Please join us for Commencement this Saturday (May 14), to honor our newest crop of graduates, including Outstanding Seniors, Rebecca Faust and Andrea Johnson. Proceedings begin at 2 pm, in Social Science 352. We’ll be joined by speaker Mary Olson, IBM’s Senior State Executive for Montana and and past President of the Montana Council for Economic Education.