Message From Leadership

Dean: Dr. Sam Chung

Wow, this week is the final week of this spring quarter – the 10th week!  At the end of each quarter, we have an event – the School of Technology & Computing (STC) Applied Research Symposium (ARS). I like to invite you to the STC ARS Spring 2021 (Thursday, June 10, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT). It will allow our students in a major meet, present their research, and discuss issues and trends or make recommendations for a specific computing and technical subject. 
Now, we will close the academic year of 2020-2021. I have witnessed many great things during this academic year. I want to share my special thanks with you. Without your supports, STC cannot make its programs 
strong, sustainable, and smart – which I call 3S.  We will continue to make our programs 3S in AY 2021-2022.  
In addition, it is a perfect time to reflect on me – Am I leading the STC with the essence of leadership – Leady by Example? I would like to share an article that helped my reflection time about my leadership for STC. I applied Adrian Shepherd’s article titled “Lead by Example: 7 Ways You May Be a Bad Example for Your Employees” to my leadership style: 1) Complaining, 2) Failing to learn the art of criticism, 3) Failure to listen, 4) Lack of vision, 5) Indecisiveness, 6) Failure to study, and 7) Dodging accountability. Of course, I can see many areas that I need to grow to lead the STC as well as my life itself.  But I know one thing – As the African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. 
Many thanks! I am blessed to work with you. 


  • STC Applied Research Symposium

There will be a quarterly Smart and Secure Computing Applied Research Symposium on Jun 10th, from 4 PM – 5 PM PDT. STC ARS invites qualified students currently enrolled in the capstone project course to present their work. Please join us for exciting findings in the field of computer science, cybersecurity, and data science. Meeting Link

  • Faculty Research Group – Smart & Secure Computing Research Group (SSCRG)

Are you interested in studying emerging technologies, applying to real-world problems, and publishing the outcomes through your capstone project or conferences? If so, please contact SSCRG directors (Dr. Sam Chung, Executive Director, or Dr.Ali Khamesipor, Director). SSCRG will cover emerging or futuristic technologies such as cloud computing, EdTech, FinTech, AI, Blockchain, dApps, etc. The group is working with real-world problems for non-profit organizations and small businesses. Students of the group have published their outcomes in conference proceedings and journals. If you are interested in this SSCRG, please contact Dr. Chung or Dr. Khameipour. For more information,  visit the research group’s website.

  • STC Data Science Club 

Are you interested in getting real-world experience from Data Science Projects? Then, you have an opportunity to join STC Data Science Club and solve the Kaggle problems using data science techniques. If you are interested, please fill out the application form (LINK). For more information, please contact Shanshan Yu. 

Career Opportunities

  • Are you graduating from MSCS in June or August? Paul Pottorff will interview candidates for software developer openings. Submit your resume and professional cover letter to with the Subject: CityU Grad SoftwareDev Candidate.

  • T-Mobile announces its 2021-22 Internship program. Details are available Friday, June 11th Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to apply to their interview for the %-Mobile internship program which begins in October 2021. For more information, visit HERE

  • CityU’s Student Tech Club is looking for an outgoing individual to serve as VP of Marketing & Content Development to support the team. As a VP of Marketing & Content Development, you will: 
       – Develop projects on content creation, content promotion, and content optimization.  
       – Collaborate with the advisor and team members and brainstorming subjects for creative content.  
       – Stay up to date with various methods to create engaging and attractive content.  
    If you are ready to become part of the Tech Club community, please send an email to Jennie Dang. 

This Week in Tech History June 6th – June 12th

Do you remember Tetris?

One of the most loved early video games, Tetris, was released in Russia on June 6th, 1984 by Alexey Pajitnov. It was released on a USSR-built Elektronika 60 computer and quickly imported to the IBM PC. The brilliance of the game and why it continues to be loved are the simple rules requiring skill and intelligence. It’s fab for special awareness training! Tetris spread from USSR to Hungry and finding its way to being questionably published by several different companies. Nintendo somehow managed to hoard the rights, and it was not until 1996 that the copyrights were returned to Pajitnov; he co-founded The Tetris Company, which owns and manages the licensing to date. By 2011 Tetris was dubbed as the best-selling video game franchise of all time. It influenced architecture and music for games. Furthermore, playing the game became a subject of many research studies analyzing ‘theoretical complexity and its effects on our brains. Where did Alexey Pajitnov end up? In Seattle working for Microsoft, of course!! 

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