Message From Leadership

From Leadership – Program Manager Dr.Radana Dvorak 

We are almost at the end of the Spring term, and quite a few of our STC students will be graduating and are currently looking for jobs in addition to finishing their last few courses. For many, it is a challenging and stressful time filled with uncertainty; however, with these challenges comes opportunity. Here is a story and few words of advice to make it easier for you. Most students learn, usually towards the end of their academic career, to use ‘grit’. So, what do I mean by grit? I like to define grit as passion + persistence. Passion is what keeps us going when we feel overwhelmed and think of giving up – whether it is love for your current project or future goal; persistence is that sheer stubbornness of pushing through to get where you want to go. Often, interviewers will ask tough questions to see if you have ‘grit’. 

Right now, you may not realize how much you have learned and grown, that level of awareness often kicks in years from now. Sir Winston Churchill, England’s Prime Minister during WW II, gave a commencement speech at his old school Harrow and told the young men (this was an all-boys school) that he was such a terrible student, he was almost expelled.  However, young Winston managed to get through school and graduate. He attributed his success later in life to his schooling. Sir Churchill led England in helping to win WW II and continued as the Prime Minister to help rebuild the country after WW II. His message was about never giving up. Here is what he told the graduating class in 1942: “This is the lesson: never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” So, plug into your inner strength and ‘use grit’!  
atulations Class of 2021!


  • Meeting with the Dean and the Director 

Let’s hear what is on your mind. Tell us what is working; let us know what can be improved. Communication is a two-way process.  “Meeting with the Dean & Director” will be held Friday, May 21, 2021, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm PDT on MS TeamsIf this time is not convenient, an individual session will be arranged. Contact Director Morgan Zantua to schedule a 1:1 listening session. 

  • Next Invited Talk
We are excited to announce that Sarah Daniels will be an invited speaker in the Student Tech Club. She is the CEO and co-founder of an Artificial Intelligence company called Blue Canoe.
When is the talk ⇒ 06/02/21 Wed 4:00 PM ~5:00 PM (PDT)
What topic ⇒ stay tuned.
Follow us on Linkedin Page ⇒ We will post more information about this event.
  • STC Student Clubs Meeting

The Tech Group and the Cybersecurity Club will meet every Thursday from 4 pm to 5 pm (PDT) via Teams: STC Student Clubs & Research Groups Weekly Meeting – Spring Quarter. For students or faculty who would like to present, choose a date and upload your presentation HERE

  • STC Cybersecurity Club

This week The Byte of Cyber presents the second installment of command line basics.  Knowledge of the command line is crucial for a cyber security professional. Command-line allows us to easily gain access to remote systems and script processes efficiently. Popular industry tools such as Metasploit and Snort require command line proficiency. Please join us for the Cyber Security Club meeting at 5:30 p.m. on 5/20. We look forward to seeing you  Thursday evening! Attend the meeting via this link. To receive the Byte of Cyber calendar invitations, sign up HERE 

  • 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.

This Week in Tech History May 17th – 23rd

May 19, 2006: Is it a hologram? No, it’s the Apple Cube store in New York City 

The second Apple computer store opened in New York City, boasting the first cool ‘cube’ design inspired by the famous Louvre Pyramid in Paris. The shop boasted 20,000 square feet underground of the General Motors building at 767 Fifth Avenue. It was opened 24/7. Steve Job was instrumental in the design, costing him $9 million

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