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Google visits Computer Science

Google grad student presentation 2017
During the week of February 28, 2017, two Googlers, Eric Dalquist, who received his BS in Computer Science from Michigan Tech in 2004, and Kurt Dresner, visited the Computer Science Department.

They met with graduate students, faculty and staff and hosted a tech talk on campus for students who wanted to learn more about Google and opportunities they have for graduate students.

Eric and Kurt also hosted two workshops, a Resume workshop where students found out what Google looks for in a resume, and a Preparing for Technical Interview workshop where students could learn what they need to do to prepare for a technical interview.

Faculty and students also met with Eric for a question and answer hour about “Life at Google”

Associate Professor Nilufer Onder receives high marks on student evaluations

Michigan_Tech_Nilufer_Onder_smallAssociate Professor, Dr. Nilufer Onder has been identified as one of only 91 instructors on campus who received an exceptional “Average of 7 dimensions” from student evaluations this fall.  Students in Nilufer’s classes felt she deserved a 4.95 (out of 5.0) on the question, ‘Taking everything into account, I consider this instructor to be an excellent teacher’.

This achievement reflects the tremendous efforts that Nilufer has devoted to teaching and the excellence of her teaching performance.  Way to go, Nilufer!

IEEE GlobalSIP 2014 – Dr. Min Song Gives Keynote Talk

Min Song
Min Song

Dr. Min Song gave the keynote talk at IEEE GlobalSIP 2014 on December 5. The talk is titled “A Transparent Spectrum Co-Access Protocol for Primary and Secondary Users.” In this talk, Dr. Song introduced a novel wireless network protocol, termed spectrum co-access protocol (SCAP), for secondary users to transparently and simultaneously access the spectrum with primary users. SCAP enables mutually beneficial coexistence between primary user network and secondary user network. More details can be found at


Dr. Chaoli Wang receives CAREER award from NSF

Dr. Chaoli Wang, Associate Professor of Computer Science, has received a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.  This award will provide $489,245 of support over five years for his project titled “Effective Analysis, Exploration, and Visualization of Big Flow Data to Understand Dynamic Flows”.

The goal of this CAREER project is to pioneer a comprehensive framework toward effective visual understanding of flow fields. It contributes to the state of the art flow visualization by promoting an innovative database approach to shape-based field line modeling and classification, investigating new string-, sketch- and graph-based interfaces and interactions for flow field exploration, and exploring occlusion and clutter reduction through unconventional streamline repositioning and automatic tour generation. The general approach developed in this research is expected to substantially improve our ability to visually understand a wide spectrum of flow fields, ranging from the traditional application of fluid flows to new applications such as traffic flows, cash flows and message flows. The success of this research will benefit a wide variety of applications within and beyond graphics and visualization, such as shape analysis, visual perception, database organization, game development, and visualization in education.

Husky Game Development (HGD) wins at Design Expo 2014

Husky Game Development (HGD) Enterprise competed against twenty other Enterprises at the Michigan Tech Design Expo 2014 and won 3rd place. At Expo, HGD members demonstrated the mobile and desktop games that students have developed over the course of the school year. Faculty, professionals, and alumni judged each enterprise based on the clarity of their presentation, the technical quality of their work, and the potential commercial impact of the projects.

Husky Game Development is an interdisciplinary Enterprise hosted by the Computer Science department. HGD aims to design and develop games for business, education, and fun. For more information, visit:

For more information about Design Expo 2014, visit:

20th Annual Student Leadership Awards

On Friday April 18th at the 20th Annual Student Leadership Awards, Abhilash Kantamneni (Computer Science, Ph.D. Student) won an award for Exceptional Community Service Project. The honor came from his leadership in bringing together community stakeholders to participate in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a competition to award $5 million dollars for communities to innovate in energy efficiency.

Abhi would like everyone to know that he could not have done this without the support of his advisor, Dr. Laura Brown.

News about the awards is available here:
News about the Energy Prize is available here:

15th Annual NMU Programming Contest

Eight teams from Michigan Technological University competed in the 15th Annual NMU Programming Contest in Marquette on March 29, 2014.  The team of Brandon Gafford, Taylor Scanlon and Xin Zhang placed first in the competition.  In second place was the team of Adam Funkenbusch and Stuart Larsen.  Additionally, Michigan Tech teams placed, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th.  The strong overall performance of the teams resulted in a 1st place school ranking for Michigan Tech.

Additional information on the programming competition, rules and full results are available at