Message From Leadership

Director: Dr. Radana Dvorak

Can one person can change the whole culture of one of the largest companies in the world and bring it back from being a ‘sinking ship’? That’s what Saya Nadella did when he took over as the new CEO of Microsoft. Microsoft had become a toxic company with a high senior staff turnover. In 2012 an article appeared titled “Microsoft once ruled the world. So what went wrong?”, summarizing that it was “suffering a slow death by committee as bureaucracy stifles the company’s core creativity”; the cliché comes to mind, “bad leaders means bad business”. Having a vast task placed upon him to change the company culture and re-boot Microsoft, what did Nadella do when he first arrived? Well, surprisingly, he gave all senior executives a book and required them to read it. The book is ‘Nonviolent Communication’ by Marshall B. Rosenberg, a psychologist who studies empathy and emotional intelligence (EQ). The front cover strapline nicely summarizes the book: “Words matter. Find a common ground with anyone, anywhere, at any time, both personally and professionally.” The book dives into four fundamental tenets of EQ: (1) self-awareness, (2) self-management, (3) social awareness, and (4) relationship management. Nadella found that leadership at Microsoft fell short of empathy and being aware of others. Several of my colleagues that left Microsoft under the previous CEO highlighted precisely that issue. Today, Microsoft is known as one of the companies everyone wants to work for. People stay in their job longer than most competitors, and among the many awards received, it was the 2021 winner for diversity and women in leadership. For all our aspiring student future leaders, I highly recommend “EQ Applied: The Real-World Guide to Emotional Intelligence” by Justin Bariso. 

Club Announcements

  • Cybersecurity Club

Good afternoon everyone and happy Thursday!  

Join us for the Kernel Level Work tutorial this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. It is not necessary but is helpful to have Kali Linux already installed on your virtual machine.  

Also don’t forget, registration for the National Cyber League competition is open. Click here to learn more about this individual competition opportunity. This is beginner friendly! 

The first 10 CityU students to enter will received half of their entry fee reimbursed upon completion.

  • 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, please contact


The best competition value available today is the National Cyber League. The Pre-Season Registration is open now until October 8th. 

Any STC student who completes the competition and turns in their Scouting Report received a 50% rebate on the $37.00 registration fee. To learn more about the competition watch this video or attend the STC Cybersecurity Club this Thursday, at 5:30 PDT.


  • Gym Open: August 23 – December 17 
  • Preseason Game: October 11-18 
  • Individual Game: October 22-24 
  • Team Game: November 5-7 

Upcoming Events

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. By choosing to participate in this event, you are:

  • Improving communication/interview skills, which are required to be competitive in today’s employment market.

  • Professionalism is demonstrated by coming early for the event, dressed properly, and maintaining a positive attitude while at the event.

  • Developing your professional network before graduation and acquiring contact information to remain connected


Date: Thursday, Sep 2, 2021

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM PDT


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.

STC Applied Research Symposium Summer 2021

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, research or team projects will present their outcomes. This symposium will provide opportunities for students, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the influence and impact of the applied computing on the future of our planet and our society. If you are interested in presenting at the symposium, please send the information below to Nhi Dang (

  1. Student Info (Name, Program, Class)

  2. Presentation Topic

  3. A brief abstract of your presentation

Event Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021

Event Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM PDT


Student Registration Deadline: August 30

Career Tips

Job Search Time Management Tips and Tricks

Now that you are motivated and focused on WHAT you want to search for, immediately write down HOW you will find that job by setting your Job Search Plan in motion. You need to commit to a certain amount of time and a certain set of activities, and then track your progress.

This plan discipline will help you make your job search process Job Number One, avoid wasting time, be more effective, and accelerate your speed to the finish line.

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This Week in Tech History Aug 23rd - Aug 27th

August 25, 1991

A message posted by Linus Torvalds to the Internet newsgroup comp.os.minix with the subject line “What would you like to see most in minix?” was the first announcement of an operating system he is working on we now know as Linux.

Tech Humor