Become a Mentor to the New USC CEC Students

Dear CEC Students, As you may know, the College has been investing to enhance and expand academic support systems. We have staffed up the Student Services and Student Success offices, and have added advisors. But a proven element contributing to student success is peer mentoring. There is no substitute for creating a connection between incoming students and those of you who are already “veterans” of CEC. The connection to a peer, who has just experienced what an incoming student is about to experience, is much more effective than the connection to somebody like me who is now over 35 years removed from his/her undergraduate days. I am excited to announce that the College of Engineering and Computing is launching a Peer Mentorship Program. We have staff and infrastructure to establish and support connections between incoming students and peer mentors. But we need your help! We need you to volunteer to be mentors, so that each cohort of new students can be more successful than the previous one. I know that you are all busy. But I hope you will be able to devote a few hours to this activity each semester. Your participation could mean the difference between staying in or dropping out for a future student. As a Peer Mentor, you will build your leadership skills while sharing your successes, failures, passions and experiences with first-year students who need to hear them. Please trust me that this will be a most rewarding experience for your mentees, and for you. The time commitment is modest and the rewards are great. Please sign-up today on our website: If you have any questions, please contact Brian McCaster, Inclusive Programs Coordinator, at 803-777-4023 or Brian is located in our Student Services Office in Swearingen. I thank you in advance for your help in improving the CEC student experience. Sincerely, Hossein Haj-Hariri Dean, College of Engineering and Computing

UofSC Boeing Analytics Case Competition

The Darla Moore School of Business (DMSB) Data Lab and the Center for Applied Business Analytics (CABA) are now accepting applications for the Analytics Case competition sponsored by The Boeing Company! What should I expect? We are looking for 20-30 eager and driven students to participate in the first ever CABA Analytics Case Competition on campus this spring. This is an excellent opportunity to hone your analytics, problem solving and team skills. The winning team will receive a $2,000 prize from CABA to be split among team members. The second and third place teams will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and $700 per team, respectively from CABA. In a team environment, students will learn more about Boeing and a provide a unique and creative solution to a business problem based off a real-life business situation. Students will examine the case and will analyse public data sets to develop and validate their solution. Each team will pitch their solutions emphasizing the financial implications. See UofSC Boeing Analytics Case Competition for all the details.

Two Full-time Instructor positions available in CSE Department at USC

Applicants are required to:
  • Have a Master's or Ph.D. in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related field by the beginning date of employment
  • Teach courses in computer science and engineering, which may include computer programming (Python, JAVA, C++), web programming (HTML/CSS/JavaScript), computer engineering (architecture, embedded systems, advanced digital logic), data structures and algorithms, databases, operating systems, networks, computer security, and software engineering
  • Participate in student engagement activities such as student advising and recruitment
  • Relevant industrial experience or teaching experience is preferred.
Dates & Details
  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled.
  • Expected start date beginning Summer or Fall 2019.
Application Requirements:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Concise description of teaching interests
  • Names & contact information of 3 references
Interested applicants should apply online at

Open Source 101 Conference in Cola: Free to USC Students

Use promo code "USC". General Event Overview: Open Source 101 A one-day processes and tools conference for technologists and decision makers Thursday, April 18 Columbia, SC USA Event Overview:… 2019 Speakers: 2019 Schedule Overview: To Register: Student scholarships: USC student promo code (enter this code when registering): USC *limited scholarships available, so move quickly if interested 2018 attendance: Nearly 500 from 11 southeastern states (498 to be exact) Expected 2019 attendance: 500+ technologists and decision makers Attendee breakdown in 2018: 34% – Developer / programmer / designer 19% – Engineer / scientist / system/database administrator 10% – Executive / C-level (CTO, CIO, CEO) / IT manager 16% – Community / start-up / “other” 21% – Technology student from university or coding school

Research Internship Opportunity Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Are you a graduate student looking for summer internship? Do you enjoy coding in JSON, Python, and html? Well, you are in a right spot:)
Water resources research group at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is seeking to hire an intern in the field of Big Data Analytics. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is anticipated that one (1) student will be selected to work on research project related to Hurricane Florence data in the Carolinas.
We are going to be performing data analysis of flooding events. This is a Civil Engineering-Computer Science and Engineering research effort. The proposed intern would be expected to conduct technical research on issues related to floods. He/she will work on data preprocessing and analysis, as well as algorithmic development (package/GUI development) while would be trained on a variety of programing tools.
Student will work under the direct supervision of faculty members in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering. The team of research mentors includes: Drs. Vidya Samadi and Jose Vidal.
Eligibility Requirements: Students who have previous experience working with python, Java, and R, are strongly encouraged to apply.
Deadlines: The application deadline is March 29, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Notification of finalists will be announced no later than April 19. Finalists will be contacted for interviews during April 3th through April 10 th . It is anticipated that the selection of NSF Fellowship recipient will be announced in April third week and started his/her job in May 13, 2019.
Stipend: Recipient will receive a $13 per hour for the 12-week period starting May 13, 2019 and ending July 31, 2019. Student must be available for the entire duration of the program and are expected to work a standard 10-hour week for each one of the 12 weeks.
Application: Students interested in applying for this program must submit a single PDF to Dr. Samadi ( no later than March 29, 2019. The application file must include the following materials:
  1. Statement of interest that includes:
    • academic status and expected graduation date
    • list of courses planned for summer semester 2019
    • brief description of prior research experiences and relevant work experiences (if any)
    • motivation for participating in this NSF research program
    • expected personal gains/impacts from this research experience
    • career plans after graduation
  2. Resume
  3. an unofficial copy of current transcript
We will review any submitted materials and schedule interviews accordingly. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Dr. Samadi (

HotelGuides Looking for Web Development Help

My company, HotelGuides, is looking for someone to work with me as I learn more about our development end. Specifically, I need to be able to proficiently use MySQL. We're looking for someone with the following qualifications, ideally an upperclassmen or grad student.
  • Experience with PHP and MySQL
  • Experience with HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, and Responsive Layouts
  • Experience with Apache and Linux Web Servers (Experience with AWS is a plus)
Christina D. Goodwin - Genuinely Helpful

Discover USC: Present Your Work or just Help Out

Friday, April 26, 2019 Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 1101 Lincoln Street Columbia, SC 29201 Something for everyone PRESENT YOUR WORK: Undergraduate and graduate students, medical scholars and postdocs from every field of study are eligible to present. Sign up to present by Friday, March 8. t REVIEW PRESENATIONS: Faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students can serve as presentation reviewers. Sign up to review by Friday, April 5. VOLUNTEER: Faculty, staff, postdocs and both graduate and undergraduate students can serve as event support volunteers. Sign up to volunteer by Friday, April 5. HOST AN OUTREACH TABLE: Organizations with faculty or staff sponsors can request a free outreach table to promote official programs, research centers and other scholarly, research, creative or leadership-focused groups. Sign up to request an outreach table by Friday, March 29. Reviewers, volunteers, presenters, primary mentors and outreach table hosts receive a free nametag and lunch. Contact us for help with your questions. For presenters At Discover USC, undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and medical scholars can present research, creative or scholarly projects in a supportive environment surrounded by peers, creating a unique opportunity for professional development and networking. Presenter questions? Event organizers are happy to answer questions from prospective presenters at every level of study. Visit our contact page to look up contact information for the organizer supporting your presenter group, or to send an email to our general inbox.

The Live Connect Code Camp is Hiring Java Teachers

The Live Connect Code Camp is designed to STEMulate young innovators as they engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities that promote STEM awareness, community engagement, entrepreneurship, critical and analytical thinking, and college/career readiness. The camp’s main focus is computer programming. Young innovators will receive lessons and complete tasks in this introduction to Java programming. Job description: Lesson instruction
  •  Teach computer science with online video lessons
  •  Engage students and respond to questions/comments
  •  Assist with class activities
  •  Give one-on-one programming support
  •  Evaluate student programming assignments
  •  Facilitate Olympiad activities
On demand support instruction
  •  One-on-one virtual instruction as needed for students (on demand help)
  •  Currently enrolled in higher education institution and pursuing bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field
  •  Comfortable with technology
  •  Imaginative about using online formats in new ways
  •  Inquisitive, creative and curious
  •  Passionate about connecting with students
  •  Patient and resourceful
  •  Organized and careful about time management
  •  Devoted to learning
  •  Attentive to details
  •  Service-oriented
  •  Excellent at oral and written communication
  •  Highly knowledgeable in their subject area
System requirements:
  •  Computer with video conferencing capabilities
  •  High speed internet connection
Code camp days: March 11 – April 12, 2019 - Weeks 1-4: Instruction - Week 5: Olympiad Monday - Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm On demand support will vary by need of the student. Typical day of instruction: 20 minutes: Lesson 20 minutes: Activity 20 minutes: Programming Activity Important dates: February 20 5:00pm EST – application deadline Week of March 25 – virtual interviews (30 minutes)
  •  model 10-minute lesson (content will be provided)
  •  questions from interviewers
March 6 (evening) - Online training (2 hours) Pay: $250 stipend (complete schedule) Additional instruction: If you have questions, contact Karina Liles at

Charleston Digital Hub Hackathon

The Charleston Digital Hub Hackathon is just over a week away! We are really excited to have everyone onsite and see what the registrants produce to change the world. We still have spots left for participants and teams to register and would love to see more of your students sign up and potentially bring home the grand prize. The Charleston Digital Hub of Booz Allen Hamilton is excited to be hosting a public hackathon on Saturday, February 23rd. The theme for this year's event is "Build something world changing", focusing on an open-source solution to tackle one of four United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This all-day event will be fully catered, providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks and drinks throughout the day. Additionally, there will be free swag and a variety of prizes that participants could win. You can register here:… Registration will be capped at 250 participants.

Recruiting Instructors for Summer Coding Camp

We are looking for instructors for the Girls Go for I.T. coding camp? The camp is aimed at middle-school girls. This opportunity is for female computer science majors to apply for funding from the National Center for Women & IT and share their interests coding and STEM with the next generation. This will be our 6th year hosting the camp, so we have a lot of resources to share, and it is of course a paid position. Instructors will be part of a team of 2-3 instructors. (The team will include a lead instructor from computer science and an education lead from the middle-level teacher training program in the School of Education.) The camp dates are June 17-21 (Week 1 -- Games with Scratch) and June 24-28 (Week 2 -- App Inventor). Depending on the candidate we will also run a co-ed week of camp for a local summer program (The Shandon Weekday School) June 10-14, using Scratch. Alicia Wilson Professor and Associate Director School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Instructor of Informatics beginning August 16, 2019: USC Updstate

Faculty position to teach on the Spartanburg and/or Greenville campus. The Department of Informatics and Engineering Systems is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary department within a newly formed College of Science and Technology. We seek a colleague who has a passion for teaching in the classroom and online, undergraduate advising and can actively participate in the Department and with University and community partners. Duties include teaching undergraduate courses, serving on university committees, and actively supporting the initiatives of the Department. Required: Master’s degree in information management systems, information technology, informatics, or closely-related field with at least 18 hours in information systems; and recent record of satisfactory teaching in the field. Successful background check is required. Preferred: Ph.D. in information management systems or information technology; a proven record of excellence in teaching; established corporate relationships; and experience in corporate information technology management. Preference will be given to candidates with experience teaching online with innovative, engaging pedagogies; and experience teaching or working with relational databases, microcomputer architecture, information security, human-computer interaction and/or social informatics.

Surf the Waves with ASSET: REU Summer Job

ASSET:ADVANCED SECURED SENSOR ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES MAY 28 - AUG 4, 2019 The application Early Action deadline is January 30, 2019 and the Regular Action deadline is April 5, 2019 or until positions are filled Funded by NSF and DoD (PIs: Dr. Pissinou and Dr. Iyengar) The Summer 2019 REU SITE of Florida International University Research Experience for Undergraduates in Advanced Secured Sensor Enabling Technologies spans ten weeks, May 28 - August 4 2019, offers research and professional development opportunities for 10 undergraduate students. Available research projects share the theme of advanced secured sensor enabling technologies and span several exciting areas such as
  • Trajectory Privacy Preservation in Mobile Sensor Networks,
  • Privacy & Secure Social Sensor Networks,
  • Mobile Video Authenticity Verifications
  • Search Rank Validation for Social Media
  • A Software Library for Visualizing Large Scale Sensor Network Applications,
  • Trajectory Sensor Stream Cleaning,
  • Resource Management for Security & Surveillance over a Sensor Network,
  • Self-configuring, non-cooperative Mobile Sensors and many others
Details about REU-ASSET including an online application, can be found at . The application Early Action deadline is January 30, 2019 and the Regular Action deadline is April 5, 2019 or until positions are filled

Open Source 101 Conference: Call for Speakers

THE OPEN SOURCE 101 SERIES CALL FOR PAPERS NOW OPEN THROUGH MONDAY, FEB 4 The All Things Open team will again host a spring Open Source 101 event in 2019, and speakers are now being sought. The one-day conference will take place Thursday, April 18 in the heart of Columbia, South Carolina’s technology, educational, and entertainment district. It will feature 15 minute keynote, 45 minute, and extended 1.5 hour talks from leading developers, technologists, and thought leaders. In 2018, nearly 500 technologists, decision makers and students attended from 11 U.S. states. The audience was enthusiastic and diverse. 500+ are expected in 2019.