Message From Leadership

Dr. Sam Chung, Dean of School of Technology and Computing (STC)

We are closing the academic year of 2021-2022, and the new academic year begins on Monday, July 4, 2022, Independence Day! Did you have a wonderful and productive Spring quarter? If you did, how can you continue the positive momentum? Or, did you encounter personal, professional or course-based challenges this past quarter? If you did, what strategies did you use to overcome them?  

When a friend recently asked me how to solve my challenges, I answered, that I use my  TEL: Thankfulness, Enjoyment, Love.  

Thankfulness: I attempt to find what I can be thankful for during tough times. For example, when I joined CityU in 2018, I had to rebuild programs and update many courses. In 2019, I built the Amazon Apprenticeship Program for Full Stack Developers. In 2020 I was appointed Dean of the School of Technology & Computing. The amount of work was immense with very tight time constraints. I worked over holidays and vacation time. However, I was thankful for these fantastic opportunities to build creative life-learning-centered degree programs, a new School of Technology & Computing, and The Center for Cybersecurity Innovation.  

Enjoyment: I practiced discovering what I could enjoy regardless of my environment. The Thankful Mind gave me the strength to enjoy all my activities. Founding the new School of Technology and Computing with my beloved team members gave me the feeling akin to the birth of the IBM PC.  

Love: I love to witness how students can transform with an STC education. I’ve had a robust mentor-mentee relationship with a student for the last three years. The student overcame a series of failed interviews to be hired at a well-known IT company. The student joined the company and discovered a scholarship gift matching program. This student recently delivered a $1,500 check to STC to support student’s research. It was “one small step for one student, but one giant leap for other students.” 

Let’s close this Spring quarter and start the new academic year with TEL. 

Faculty Recognition

President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching acknowledges a faculty member’s consistent performance and their service to our students.  Dr. Sion Yoon, School of Technology and Computing, was one of four faculty members receiving the President’s Award for 2022.

Congratulations, Sion!

Congratulations to Jonathan Helmus, DSC.

Jonathan received his Doctorate of Computer Science, Concentration in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from Colorado Technical University. His dissertation: Exploring the Understanding of Cloud Computing Professionals’ Awareness and Actions Related to Secure Cloud Computing is available on ProQuest. 


Build Your Resume

Interview now for Student Worker (SW) positions for the Center

Become a valued member of the STC teaching assistant and student worker community. The School of Technology and Computing is recruiting student workers who can start working at the end of the Spring quarter. These roles provide practical experience, opportunities to learn, and expand your skills to build your resume.  

You may find the job description and submit your application with the same link. Find the details here: Student Worker, Center for Cybersecurity Innovation, Cybersecurity Career Navigation. Interviews will begin the week of June 1st and applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled.

Apply today! 

Mentors Needed

STC is looking for three students who want to share their technical knowledge and gain experience by being a mentor. If you are a self-starter who is technically competent, with good communication skills, and have completed your core courses as a BS or MS STC student, then this seven week mentoring is an opportunity for you. There is a special focus on Networking, Operating Systems, and Programming. You would work under Dr. Ahreum Ju’s supervision. To learn more click here.

Check out the New Human Centered Artificial Intelligence (HCAI) Research Group 

Meeting Schedule:  Every Monday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST – Join here. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events

City University of Seattle promotes career pathways and opportunities for women of all educational backgrounds who are looking to enter software and technical roles. In this free webinar on June 16th, attendees will hear from women who have made the transition from nontechnical backgrounds into tech careers. 

The webinar will feature:
• Why CityU is different from other potential options
• Kristine Harris, current CityU student and Amazon employee, who will discuss how her Master of Science in Computer Science is helping her to reach her goals
• Kendra Schraml, a current CityU doctoral intechnology student, CityU instructor, and Ms. Wheelchair Washington will discuss her pathway that led her to position as a Technical Project Manager, Senior at USAA.
• Morgan Zantua, CityU Program Director in the School of Technology and Computing, who will discuss some of the tech programs at CityU and how we aim to lower barriers and help women transition into tech roles

Register Here Today!

STC Applied Research Symposium

When: Thursday, June 16th, 2022 – 4:30PM-5:30PM PDT

Where: MS Teams Meeting

Hosted by CityU’s Center for Cybersecurity Innovation and School of Technology and Computing (STC), the Applied Research Symposium is open to faculty, professionals, and students from any discipline, university, or professional organization.  At the end of each quarter, any students who would like to share their projects including capstone courses will present their outcomes. This symposium will provide opportunities for students, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the influence and impact of applied computing on the future of our planet and our society. Contact if you want to present a capstone or research.

Walk for Rice 

This year’s Walk for Rice to end hunger – together with the Asian Counseling & Referral Service (ACRS) Food Bank – is happening on June 18. We hope you can join or participate in any way you can!

For more information please see here: Walk for Rice – CityU Seattle.

Email questions to Christian Villasenor.

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

There is no Cybersecurity Club Meeting this week to allow students more time during finals week. We invite you to attend the STC Applied Research Symposium: June 16th, 2022 at 4:30 – 5:30PM PDT.

Please join us after break during the 2022 Summer Quarter on Thursdays at 5:30 PDT on 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 your expertise or project, please contact Yang Ren

This week we will be hosting the STC Applied Research Symposium where students will be presenting their Capstones.

Click here to join. Everyone is invited! 

STC Tech Club Announcements

The STC Tech Club is proud to announce we are providing vouchers for 50% discounts on the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam. Please contact Yang Ren if interested.

Now Recruiting!

School of Technology and Computing is recruiting student workers who can start working from the end of the Spring quarter. Details regarding the positions can be found here. 

  • 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, Amanda Vaughan, with any questions.

Now Recruiting!

We will have two open officer positions starting next quarter but are hoping to bring on an additional officer to the team as well. We will hold officer training towards the end of this quarter with new officers officially taking office in the Summer 2022 quarter! Please fill out the application form here and reach out to Amanda Vaughan 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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