Message From Leadership

Doctorate Program Director: Brian Maeng

The culture of innovation and participation makes the School of Technology and Computing (STC) distinctive. Over the past year, I have witnessed many exciting changes, and I feel grateful for STC members’ commitment and contribution. 

Let me give a few examples: 

– Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certifications – students in STC programs can prepare for the AWS certifications by taking courses aligned with the industry certifications. Many students and professors have demonstrated it by passing the exams. 

– Kaggle Competition – inaugural members in STC Data Science Club are competing in the Kaggle competition, showcasing their knowledge, skills, and abilities on the real-world problem of classifying brain tumors. 

– Google Cloud Platform – inaugural members of Google Developer Student Clubs CityU Chapter provide an opportunity to use Google developer technologies for STC students. 

– Cybersecurity Club – this club, in its second quarter, builds a community with industry professionals and offers development opportunities in technical skills in the field of cybersecurity. 

All of these took place in less than one year, and students, faculty, and administrators have tirelessly paved a way where no one has gone before. Because of their efforts and leadership, students are now enriched with new learning opportunities early in their programs. I am confident they will pay it forward with novel, innovative ideas to benefit their peers and STC.  

Are you ready to take part in it? 

Club Announcements

  • Cybersecurity Club

We are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday for our virtual Linux tutorial. We will cover Linux Permissions this week.

There’s a great cyber security competition coming up that all levels can join! Several members of your club will be forming a team. Please consider joining us! The first 10 ten CityU students that enroll in NCL get half of fees back upon completion. With proper participation in this challenge, you will receive a scouting report of your skills which you can show to future employers.

More information can be viewed here.

  • Data Science Club
The STC Data Science Club has chosen to participate in the “RSNA-MICCAI Brain Tumor Radiogenomic Classification” Kaggle competition. The goal of this competition is to use Machine Learning models to detect for the presence of the MGMT promoter methylation which can help medical professionals diagnose glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer. The current procedures require doctors to perform surgery and extract a tissue sample from a patient. By building a model that can perform this detection, it will allow for less invasive diagnosis and minimize unnecessary damage.
The Data Science Club competition team is currently placed at position 310 of the leaderboard out of 685 teams after creating their baseline model. In the following weeks, they will fine-tune their model to increase its performance and advance their position on the leaderboard. Keep your eyes open for a reflection in the final weeks of the quarter where the club members will provide some insight into what they have learned and the value of participating in the competition!
  • STC Tech Club

The STC Tech Club meets every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT) via Teams: STC Tech Club Weekly Meeting – Summer Quarter. For students or faculty who would like to present, choose a date, and upload your presentation here.

Upcoming Events

Invited Talk – Land Your Dream Job. 

STC Tech club invites Phuong Nguyen to share her expertise and experiences about how to land your dream job. She is a Technical Recruiter with expertise in talent sourcing, talent attraction, recruiting, and career coaching. She demonstrated experience working for a world-leading recruitment agency and leading an in-house recruitment team within a global organization. Join us and find out how you can start your job search journey and nail your next interview. 

Event Date: August 25, 4:00 – 5:00 PM 


Virtual Mock Interview 

STC Tech Club encourages students to participate in virtual mock interviews with a panel of program managers. The goal of these practice sessions is to provide students with an understanding of what to expect in a typical interview as well as an opportunity to improve interviewing skills. Register HERE 

Event Date: September 2, 4:00 – 5:00 PM 

Student Registration Deadline: August 26, 7:00 PM or until full 

Please note: limited spots are available, and registration may close on or before August 26th due to capacity. If registration does become full, a waitlist will be started. 

Career Tips

“Pay it Forward” for a long-lasting ripple affect 

3 Ways to Leverage Positions of Leadership to Effectively Pay It Forward “Start where you are.  Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe  

If you are in a position of leadership, chances are you didn’t get there on your own…. 

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This Week in Tech History Aug 16th - Aug 20th

August 17, 1982 

Move over vinyl records, this day 39 years ago ABBA, the Swedish pop group, manufactured their “The Visitors” in the compact disc  (CD) format. 

Sony and Phillips combined their efforts to manufacture the digital optical disc data storage format.   Phillips and Sony co-developed the CD standard, which was manufactured in Germany. When ABBA’s The Visitors was released in October, 150 titles were in production. 

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