The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Computer Science Department offers two undergraduate curricula, one leading to the Bachelor of Science degree and the other to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The curricula have been designed to provide students with a solid foundation from which they can grow and change with the discipline of computing. The department also offers a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a Computer Science Minor.

23 Sept Presentation: Coding Right, Coding Together

Llewellyn Falco will be on campus 23 September to lead the workshop titled: "Coding Right, Coding Together". The workshop is focused on helping you write code more purposefully and with better teamwork through strong pairing.

On Pair Programming:

This style of programming is all about increasing communication and collaboration. Verbally communicating code and editor commands is a skill like anything else but it is one that many people have not developed yet. Don't worry, it's pretty easy to gain and most people pick it up the basics in a few hours.

On Unit Testing:

Come try out a koan (puzzles for learning). A koan is a set of failing unit tests. Learning by doing with koan puzzles is fun, engaging, and produces remarkably quick results. This session will challenge you to work in a pair to complete these puzzles to get the unit tests to pass. After you decode the puzzle, we will reflect on what and how you have learned. Finally we will look into how to create your own koans for your particular testing needs.

When: Tuesday, September 23 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: EB 2150
Free – register at EventBright

Speaker Bio

Llewellyn Falco Llewellyn is a Senior Agile Consultant for DevelopMentor. He routinely finds himself working with companies undergoing transformations in which they need to improve their employees’ ability to deal with messy, orphaned, and otherwise ugly code.

As a seasoned software developer, Llewellyn specializes in Agile development and has been an Agile Coach for the past 2 years. Focusing on Java and C# he is the creator of the open source testing tool ApprovalTests which simplifies the testing of complex GUIs, Databases, and objects. When he’s not working with clients, Llewellyn continues to develop ApprovalTests and regularity speaks at local user groups. Llewellyn is the author of DevelopMentor’s “Test Driven Development for C# Programmers” course.

Llewellyn learned to jump horses in the 7th grade while living in France. Back in states, while studying drafting in high school, he started fire eating, sleight of hand magic, and once rode a unicycle 6 miles. He can calculate the cube root of any perfect cube under 1,000,000 in his head, as well as pick a standard lock. Llewellyn attributes his success to the large amount of caffeine he has consumed, and enjoys computer programming in his spare time.

CS Students Demo Aural Game at SIUE Engineering Academic Excellence Day

The School of Engineering at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Academic Excellence Day, an open house for potential students, their parents, and the general public, was held on Saturday, November 16, 2013. One of the activities was a demonstration of an audio-based game developed by seniors in Computer Science. The photo shows a visiting high school student sitting behind the computer listening to, and playing the game.

CS Delegation Visits India

During September, the SIUE School of Engineering sent two representatives to Hyderabad, India, with an interest in strengthening relations between the School and colleges in Hyderabad.

Hosted by Guru Nanak Institutions (GNI), Dennis Bouvier, associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science, and Gary Mayer, assistant professor of computer science, spent a week visiting with GNI, the Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology (CBIT) and the Teegala Krishna Reddy Educational Society (TKRES).

“Our trip helped us to recognize the similarities between our two educational systems and the differences,” said Mayer. “From that, we can work toward developing a partnership that enables student success and benefits all universities.”

Bouvier and Mayer spoke with administrators, faculty and students about establishing programs that would enable Indian students with opportunities to attend SIUE. Such an initiative also would provide the School of Engineering with the ability to strengthen its international presence in its master’s programs. Many of the discussions centered on computer science programs, but there is the potential for programs in electrical and computer engineering as well.

“The visit of the two professors is a gesture to our Indian partners that we value their collaboration,” said Hasan Sevim, dean of the School of Engineering. “We recently signed an MOU with GNI and hope to do the same with CBIT and TKRES.”

The School of Engineering founded the relationship with GNI and CBIT when Sevim and Ron Schaefer, director of International Programs, visited the schools during a conference in Hyderabad.

Harvinder Saini, Managing Director of GNI, brought five students to the SIUE campus last May to meet with faculty from SIUE’s Schools of Engineering and Business.

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