From Leadership: Dr. Brian Maeng
Welcome to week 8 of the quarter. In my previous message, I shared my experience working with student officers of the Student Tech Club and their exceptional contributions in making the School of Technology and Computing (STC) a better community. This week, I would like to introduce another self-motivated student group I have had a great pleasure working with at CityU.
This group is known as STC student workers or teaching assistants, and the odds are you have already had an experience working with them. Only a click away, they are the people contacted most besides instructors in a class. If you encountered any technical issues related to the hands-on practice (or hands-on skills or technology tools) or difficulties in the programming exercise, you probably have reached out to them for help. Some of you might even share an experience sending an email late at night and getting a response in a matter of minutes. That might be why I have heard them called “night warriors” from time to time.
There are many benefits to work as a teaching assistant (TA) and let me share a few of them. First, students can improve their communication skills by working with various stakeholders in STC, which is one of the most important skills employers look for. Also, students have an opportunity for continuous learning by researching new technologies related to different courses in STC. They can also be involved in selecting them in the curriculum by providing input and feedback. In addition, they can differentiate their resumes with the TA experience for the job search, and it will be one main talking point during the interview. Most importantly, students can make STC a better community by helping fellow students and instructors in class.
Teaching assistants are critical members of STC, and they work closely with faculty members to ensure the quality of programs and student experience. Would you like to have an opportunity to grow during your study in the STC program? If so, please pay attention to the announcement in the STC Thursday Byte and apply for the position. STC looks for new student workers regularly.
Finally, I would like to thank all graduating teaching assistants in STC. You have done a great job, and our best wishes to your career. Let’s stay in touch.
Radana: Nathan, congratulation on being part of our inaugural Doctor of Information Technology (DIT) cohort, and thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for the STC Thursday Byte. Let’s start off by telling us about your career path that brought you to where you are today.
Nathan: Well, I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Montana State University, then I received my Master’s Degree in Information Systems from Aspen University. I have served 13 years in the Montana Army National Guard, and worked over 6 years as a Software Engineer.
Radana: Why did you decide to pursue a DIT and why did you choose CityU?
Nathan: I went through a lengthy process of looking through dozens of schools and online programs. Essentially, I eliminated those that did not meet my personal education goals and standards. Once the process was done, I was down to six potential schools and I ended up choosing CityU because of its program, the interviews I had with my recruiter and the staff, and the proximity in location to where I live.
Radana: We are thrilled you joined us! You bring quite a bit of experience with you. What’s one thing you wish you had known when you began your career?
The human factor continues to be weakest link in cybersecurity. STC is forming a Social Engineering Team to compete in the October 21-23 Temple University competition. If you are an undergraduate, interested in participating on the competition team, attend a Byte of Cyber meeting or contact David Yi, club president: firstname.lastname@example.org before June 10th.
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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
Please join us for the Cyber Security Club meeting at 5:30 p.m. on 5/27 Teams Calendar invitation: This week The Byte of Cyber presents the Git and GitHUB by Will Forde . Join the meeting HERE
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.
The epic film with the famous opening crawl, “A long time ago in a galaxy far away….” was released in theaters across the US on May 25th, 1977. Star Wars broke all records to date and dubbed as the first blockbuster film in the history of motion pictures. The film also used the most extraordinary effects never seen before and set the trend for movies making way for technology to generate special effects. The company “Industrial Light and Magic” was behind the special effects, and it is still the leader of special effects today. The film introduced us to R2-D2, C3-PO, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi Knights, and let’s not forget Darth Wader and his stormtroopers; and of course, the lightsaber. It’s been on my Christmas list ever since. May the force be with you!