David McKinnis stops by Seidenberg for a chat about Cyber Security

David McKinnis, current CTO of Suretech.com, stop by the Seidenberg School last Wednesday, 2/13, to talk to students about cyber security and how they can better prepare their programs for real world applications. McKinnis attended Yale University and, after graduation, went to work Microsoft. In his thirteen years at Microsoft he had the opportunity to work on a variety of software projects in the Office Development Group. David held a variety of positions at Microsoft including Development Team Lead and Development Manager.

L-R: project manager Wilfredo Pena, alumni Marcelo Zimmler ‘12, speaker David McKinnis, alumni and SpaceSplitter co-founder Jeremy Pease ’12 and Associate Dean Jonathan Hill.

David McKinnis, current CTO of Suretech.com, stop by the Seidenberg School last Wednesday, 2/13, to talk to students about cyber security and how they can better prepare their programs for real world applications.  McKinnis attended Yale University and, after graduation, went to work Microsoft. In his thirteen years at Microsoft he had the opportunity to work on a variety of software projects in the Office Development Group. David held a variety of positions at Microsoft including Development Team Lead and Development Manager. After he left Microsoft, he started David McKinnis Consulting to help non-profits and small businesses use technology more effectively. McKinnis’s talk focused on the notion that developers can’t trust their users. The user may input data into the form of application that will cause problems with the software or website. Or even worse they may try to deliberately exploit a system for nefarious purposes after all a piece of code can’t tell an actual user from a hacker. McKinnis reminded students to sanitize their input data to avoid problematic interactions with their software. And then making a comparison to a bank he reminded them to somehow check the data – a bank wouldn’t trust a sack with a dollar sign on it and so a program shouldn’t blindly trust user data. He also reminded students to be safe using their own machines. You may not have sensitive data stored on your computer but hackers would still love to turn it into a bot for nefarious purpose. Overall it was a great session that left a lot of students more informed about the principles of cyber security they should be aware of. Be sure to stop by next Wednesday for another great speaker as part of the Seidenberg School Speaker Series.

Need Valentine’s plans? Spend it with Seidenberg, AHRC and Carnegie Hall

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and you haven’t made plans. Sound familiar? No worries, this year Seidenberg College has you covered with a concert. Creative Musical Sessions along with the Individuals and Staff of AHRC New York City Adult Day Services and the musicians of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall will be stopping by Pace on February 14th to perform from 11:00 am to noon in the Multipurpose Room on the B-Level of One Pace Plaza.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and you haven’t made plans. Sound familiar? No worries, this year Seidenberg College has you covered with a concert. Creative Musical Sessions along with the Individuals and Staff of AHRC New York City Adult Day Services and the musicians of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall will be stopping by Pace on February 14th to perform from 11:00 am to noon in the Multipurpose Room on the B-Level of One Pace Plaza. The performance will benefit the AHRC, which is dedicated to serving those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The performers will include the professional musicians, AHRC staff who are musicians part-time and individuals served by the AHRC who were paired with musicians.

The concert comes out of a collaboration in the CIS102W class. Since 2007, CIS 102W students have organized productions in the Schimmel Theater that highlight the many social contributions of individuals with developmental disabilities. At this concert students will serve as escorts, guides and hosts to guests from the local community. They will also serve as advocates for the disability rights movement. The CIS102W course has been awarded the National Jefferson Award for Community Service, a prestigious national award.

The event is sponsored by the Community Outreach Programs and Services and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. For more information contact lawlerj@aol.com

 

Steve Ettlinger visits Seidenberg School for constructive afternoon

Author of Twinkie, Deconstructed Steve Ettliger stopped by 163 Williams Street during common hour to speak to students about his book and upcoming project. The event was well attended with some students having to stand through its duration.

Author of Twinkie, Deconstructed Steve Ettlinger stopped by 163 Williams Street during common hour to speak to students about his book and upcoming project. The event was well attended with some students having to stand through its duration.

Ettlinger started in magazine publishing and worked as a photo editor for a while developing an ability to tell stories. He then decided to investigate a different story – that of the Twinkie. Using its ingredients label he looked into all the ingredients that make up the icon treat – how they’re grown, how they’re processed, and for some, even how they’re mined.

His next project is looking at a similar sized, similar ubiquitous, albeit inedible, product – the smartphone. He talked to students about the research he’s done so far – tracking down the manufacturing of all the components in the phone, down to the last microchip. Ettliger said he wants to give readers a visual representation of computer production. The book should be an insightful read for anyone wondering just how that fantastic in their device works.

Although you may have to wait a while as Ettlinger is still working on it. Not surprising however as you can do a lot more with an iPhone then you can with a Twinkie.

Be sure to stop by next Wednesday for another great speaker as part of the Seidenberg School Speaker Series.

Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems goes to New York Tech Meetup

The Seidenberg School is excited to be able to extend 5 free tickets to the New York Tech Meetup to all current students and alumni.

Founded in 2004 by meetup.com founder Scott Heiferman, NYTM centers around monthly meet ups where emerging companies demo new ideas and technological experts give talks on leading-edge thinking in the field. The organization has over 29,000 representing all parts of the New York technology community and fostering a strong network of support for innovative ideas.

The meetups are always an inspiring blend of different ideas that is sure to leave attendees inspired and awed. You can read about last month’s meetup on our Tumblr and if you’d like to attend please e-mail nnebeluk9977@gmail.com

Upcoming NYTM Dates:

February 5th, 2013

March 19th, 2013

April 9th, 2013

Pace hosts Hudson Valley FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament

The gym of the Goldstein Fitness Center, long accustomed to feats of athletic prowess, played host to a different sort of competition this past Sunday as 36 teams from across the region participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge Hudson Valley Regional Tournament. Despite the cold weather hundreds made their way to the Pleasantville campus in support of the FIRST program.

The gym of the Goldstein Fitness Center, long accustomed to feats of athletic prowess, played host to a different sort of competition this past Sunday as 36 teams from across the region participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge Hudson Valley  Regional Tournament. Despite the cold weather hundreds made their way to the Pleasantville campus in support of the FIRST program.

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a robotics competition for students in grades 7-12. Each year a new game is announced and  students must build a robot using a kit of parts, and their own ingenuity, that is able to navigate the playing field and score maximum points. The 2012-2013 game was called “Ring It Up!”. The game, a robotic tic-tac-toe, consists of two alliances, each made up of two teams, competing to place as many rings as possible on a double sided 3×3 pegged PVC wall, earning more points if they are able to make a line across 3 pegs. They initially have a 30 second autonomous period, where using senor inputs the robots must maneuver themselves to accomplish the objective, and then a two minute controlled period where student drivers control the robots. If at the end of the game a robot is able to lift its alliance member onto itself then the team scores even more points.

The event started at 7:30 am with teams getting access to their “pits”, small areas given to each team to work on their robots. Once the teams were ready they had to have their robots undergo inspection and make sure it met all size, safety and component regulations. The opening ceremonies kicked off shortly after 10 am and the teams then played 45 qualifier matches to determine who would go onto the finals. Each team participated in 5 qualifying matches, each one with a different partner team.

After the 45 matches the top 4 teams are selected to be Captains, they then pick 2 other teams to join them in their alliance. The four captain teams were Team 5069 – The Robogamers from New York, NY, Team 4244 – Brobotics from Yorktown Heights, NY, Team 3951 – Suffern’s Reactors from Suffer High School in Suffern, NY and Team 4784 – Tetricons from Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows, NY. During these elimination rounds alliances play up to three rounds with the team winning two moving on.

The closing ceremonies were held at 5 pm after the last match and Alliance 4 led by Team 4784 – Tetricons won the day, joined by Team 5484 – Enderbots from Corning, NY and Team 5637 – Tech-Wise Guys from Brewster, NY. The win qualified Team 4784 – Tetricons for a spot in the national competition in St. Louis. The runner-ups were Alliance 3 led by Team 3951 – Suffern’s Reactors and joined by Team 3351 – Tater Bots from Mount Hope High School in Bristol, NY and Team 5602 – Bionic Gaels from Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers, NY.

Other teams were also recognized for their efforts in a variety of fields outside the game itself. Team 5477 – Innovo from George W Hewlett High School won the Promote Award for their FTC Public Service Announcement video and the Rockwell Collins Innovate award for most creative robot design solution. Team 5484 – Enderbots won the PTC Design award for best designed robot. Team 4326 – The Basement Lions from the Horace Mann School won the Motivate award for having the most team spirit and enthusiasm. Team 4183 – The Icebreakers sponsored by the Nassau Country Girl Scouts won the Connect award which is awarded to the team judges feel is mostly closely connected to their local community. Team 4082 – The RoboSpartans won the Think Award for having the best Engineering Notebook, a key reference for judges who look over the robots.

Finally The Inspire Award, given to the team that judges feel truly embodied the “challenge” of the FTC program and served as an example to other teams, went to Team 5069 – RoboGamers. Since they had already qualified for the national tournament in an earlier tournament their win allowed the first picked partner of the winning alliance to gain a spot at nationals, this was Team 5484 – Enderbots.
About 700 people attended the event with more than 100 students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends from the industry (many from IBM) coming together to help the event run smoothly. Over 25 Seidenberg majors, some returning for their third year such as graduate student Paat Sinsuwan, served as volunteers working in a variety of positions inspecting the student’s robots, judging games and helping to set up the game space. Recent graduate and founder of SpaceSplitter Jeremy Pease served as the head software inspector for the tournament. Pace students Daniel Rings and Patrick Pribyl served as the announcers for each match.

Former Dean of the Seidenberg School, Dr. Susan Merritt, said “I … stopped by and – having been to many of these over the years – found this year’s to be outstanding.   One thing that I noticed was that many more young women were engaged, than in the past.  A terrific improvement! Kudos to Bernice, Richard, and also our Seidenberg alums who are an important part of making if all happen!”

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), is a non-profit organization founded by noted inventor Dean Kamen for the purpose of exciting young people about pursuing college and careers in the STEM fields. Pace first began working with FIRST in 2004 when a robotics event for the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) was held at the Pleasantville campus. Pace is proud to continue supporting the program and hopes to see many of its alumni become alumni of our Seidenberg School.

For more information about FTC in the Hudson Valley be sure to like their Facebook page. For pictures from the event you can find a gallery here

 

Welcome Back! – Looking forward to the Spring 2013 Semester

The Seidenberg School would like to warmly welcome all its students back for the Spring 2013 semester. We had an exciting 2012 which brought lots of new initiatives, like the STEM Collaboratory with the School of Education, and a new Dean, Dr. Amar Gupta. We hope to continue this positive track into this semester and have even more success to report.

One of our big focuses this semester will be community engagement and to this end we will be making the Seidenberg webpage a greater resource for students. We have a number of events up already such as the FIRST Tech Challenge at our Pleasantville campus, Microsoft Mondays and an Agile NYC speaker – Damon Poole. Not only will we be updating the website we also have a Google Calendar that we will be constantly updating with events both hosted by the school and outside the school that we feel might be good for you to attend.

We also plan to step up our social media engagement and you can find us on a number of networks:

Facebook: Like the “Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems” page

Twitter: Follow @pace_seidenberg

Foursquare: Like the “Pace Seidenberg” page

Tumblr: Follow “PaceSeidenberg”

Instagram: paceseidenberg

Google+: +1 the “Pace Seidenberg” Page

LinkedIn: Join the “Pace University – Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Any of these networks are a great way to stay informed about what’s going on at the school and learn more about the community. We encourage prospective students to follow them and get a feel for the school, current students to follow them to get updates about the semester, and alumni to use them to keep up to date about what their school is doing. Feel free to contribute to any of these pages with your own inputs and ideas. We want you to feel a part of this community and we need your help to make it a two-way dialogue.

Finally please remember that this is your community too and we want to hear from you. Any of those social media channels are a great way to ask questions or give feedback and you can always e-mail us at paceseidenbergschool[at]gmail.com. We’d love to hear your stories. What exciting projects you’re working on, what new tech buzz is making your ears perk up, and what you’re looking forward to.

We’re looking forward to another exciting semester.