Message From Leadership

Brian Maeng, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Program Director

Welcome to a new academic year and the second week of the Summer Quarter. I want to share the new communication mechanism the School of Technology and Computing (STC) has adopted this quarter. To enhance communication with students in class, STC has implemented the use of MS Teams Private Channel for nearly all sections of our courses. The members in each channel include students, the teaching assistant (TA), the instructor, the program manager, and the program director. 

STC took the idea from one best practice of an associate faculty who actively utilized MS Teams Private Channel for communication with students in his small class during the Winter 2022 Quarter. At the time, STC was testing various ideas to improve the student experience in class. As a commitment to continuous improvement and better communication, STC used MS Teams actively in select courses as a pilot in the Spring of 2022. Now in the Summer of 2022, the MS Teams Private Channel is used in nearly all classes. 

For the best outcome, I recommend that students use this platform to ask questions related to technical issues and hands-on practice (HOP), hands-on skill (HOS), or technology tool (TT) assignments related to the class. If you post your questions, they can be seen by the class TA or students who may have already done it. When compared to an email inquiry to a TA, a post in the Private Channel is more likely to get promptly answered. Due to transparency, it is less likely to lose communication. Furthermore, students have an opportunity to interact and collaborate with other each other and help one another by using their technical knowledge and skills. In each MS Teams Private Channel, you can find different modules where you can post relevant questions and navigate through the contents. 

Instructors will host their weekly office hours with MS Teams Private Channel. You can view their office hours schedule and the link in your Outlook calendar. I recommend utilizing office hours to ask questions about your class, course contents, and the field in which they specialize. 

I hope you will find the new STC approach across all programs valuable and helpful in each class. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your academic advisor or program manager. Thank you, and I hope you have a great new academic year. 

ACM Career Tip

How to Write the Ultimate Cover Letter 

Even more than the carefully-crafted resume or the carefully curated LinkedIn profile, a good cover letter can go a long way toward impressing hiring decision-makers. One survey by ResumeLab found that 83% of respondents claimed that a great cover letter can land an interview even if your resume is not good enough. When you write a cover letter, the goal is to connect and find a common link. A resume is an overview of your job history and skills, while the cover letter brings out your personality.  

Some tips include:  

Tailor it to the job description and specific company.  

Get the tone ‘right’ – don’t sound desperate.  

Craft a personalized salutation – do research.  

Grab their attention – give them a reason to keep reading. 

Connect to the company 

Show, don’t tell – it’s not your resume, skip skills recap and show your personality.  

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Cybersecurity students and recent graduates 

This survey is open to current CAE students as well as those who have graduated within the past 5 years.  The survey will take no more than 15 minutes to complete and is being conducted on behalf of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (Cyber Florida) at the University of South Florida (USF). Your participation in this survey is voluntary and anonymous.

NSA Call For White Papers

The NSA works jointly with North Carolina State University (NCSU) and issues a call for white papers soliciting potential collaborators for the following calendar year. This year’s technical areas of interest include operationalizing artificial intelligence and machine learning; humanmachine teaming; and content triage. The Lab for Analytic Sciences will host office hours throughout July to address questions that potential collaborators may have. This year, white papers are due by Friday, 29 July. To learn more: Read the 2023 Call for White Papers (PDF). For details and to register for Collaborators Day, click here

Upcoming Events

STC Invited Talk

Presenter: Leon Yen – Technical Program Manager at Google

When: July 14th, 2022 at 4:30 PM PDT

Where: MS Teams

Data Science Club Invited Talk

Presenter: Vivek Pottam – Data Engineer at AWS

When: July 20th, 2022 at 4:00 PM PDT

Where: MS Teams

Missed out on an Invited Talk or Tech Talk?

Check out the C4CYI YouTube Channel for STC recorded Invited Talks and events. Explore ACM Tech Talks and the ACM website to watch their free informative Tech Talks. ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession

Club Announcements

  • Cybersecurity Club

Anyone curious or interested in Cybersecurity is welcome to join! Meetings are held on Thursdays at 5:30 PDT via MS Teams

Cybersecurity Club Announcements

Cybersecurity Club is recruiting officers for the upcoming quarter. Please reach out to Tyler Thomas or Will Forde if interested or with any questions.

  • STC Tech Club

STC Tech Club meets every Thursday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT) via Teams to provide tech-related learning opportunities, skill development, and networking. Students or faculty who would like to share their expertise or project, please contact Adrian Parker.

Click here to join. Everyone is invited! 

STC Tech Club Announcements

Career Center Resources

Deidre Grimes

Resume Building

Virtual Workshops/Conferences/Learning

AWS Skill Builder – Free sources

AWS Free courses – Free sources

Atlassians Developer Day 

Web App Testing

Puppeteer (Google Product) Node library

Playwright (Microsoft Product) end-to-end web app testing

GitLab CI/CD recorded webcast GitLab| GitLab 

STC TA Documentation for Setting up Environments

STC Tech Club Private Cloud Lab

Now HIRING! Please contact Adrian Parker if interested.


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  • Data Science Club

The Data Science Club would like to invite you to our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 4pm PDT. You can join our meetings using the link here or by scanning the QR code on the right. We will be covering various topics this quarter including Computer Vision, Data Engineering, and NLP! Please reach out to the club president, Mahathi Vucha, with any questions.

  • Google Developer Student Club

Click here for information about the Google Developer Student Club – City University of Seattle Chapter. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to email us at

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