Message From Leadership

Dr. Ali Khamesipour, Assistant Professor, Program Director, STC

Wow, it is Week 4 already!!   

I hope you all have enjoyed your coursework and the activities the STC faculty and students have helped coordinate this quarter.  

I want to share my thoughts on how one can define success and use the available resources to ensure they are on the right path to their goal. First, define your goal. Have a clear vision of your destination and prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for when you achieve that goal. Then, plan the proper route to get to that goal. Set small checkpoints and assess yourself frequently to ensure you are getting closer to your destination. If you have missed a few checkpoints; you must rethink your plan.   

Feel free to try something new and not be afraid to fail. These two components are the best ways to learn. Remember that all successful people have practiced both characteristics for their personal development. Engage yourself in meaningful conversations, explain your goals and plans and try to collect regular feedback. You will be surprised how these conversations will help you improve yourself and build your network. Always keep yourself motivated and reflect back to your main goal. Return-On-Investment (ROI) is a crucial concept every successful business focuses on. Our personal lives are not that different. Make sure the effort you put into something will pay back one way or the other. And finally, never try to reinvent the wheel, use someone else’s wheel, and build a car on top of it.    

Our student clubs and research groups provide an invaluable resource for practicing the aforementioned skills and getting feedback from your fellow students, STC alum, students, and faculty members.    

In the end, I encourage everyone to exhaust all of the resources made available through CityU for your success.

Career Insights

Developer Jobs: Nearly a Third of Top Tech Roles Remain Empty

Nearly one-third of key software roles are going unfilled as a result of hiring pressures and market shortages, according to a workforce study of more than 3,400 senior technology professionals. The study found that 30% of companies struggled to hire software engineers, data scientists and DevOps professionals in the third quarter of 2022. Despite this, nearly half (49%) of respondents said their company hired several people for their tech teams during the period. This contrast suggests that, even with aggressive hiring, employers are struggling to meet the heightened demand for skilled software professionals.

Earlier this year, a survey reported that tech recruiters anticipated hiring would be their biggest challenge of 2022, with full-stack engineers, software architects and machine-learning specialists proving particularly scarce. Despite news of prominent tech companies announcing hiring freezes and slowdowns, companies are still reporting a need for developers, and studies suggest that there might not be enough talent to go around. For now, skilled tech workers seem to be safe from growing economic concerns affecting other industries and professions.

For the full article click here.

For more ACM Career Insights and Tips please click here.


Interview now for Student Assistant (SA) and Student Worker (SW) positions at STC

Become a valued member of the STC teaching assistant or student worker community. These work roles provide practical work experience, additional opportunities to learn, build your skills and your resume. Additional benefits include working closely with faculty and fellow students as you build your own personal professional network.
There are multiple openings for the Student Assistant, School of Technology and Computing  Student Assistant, School of Technology and Computing and Student Worker, Center for Cybersecurity Innovation, School of Technology and Computing.  Interviews have started. Apply today!

WiCyS 2023

Women in CyberSecurity is holding their annual conference on March 16-18 2023 in Denver, Colorado!

Students MUST apply for a WiCyS scholarship to attend the conference (there is no general WiCyS 2023 registration for students) and have to be a current WiCyS student member to apply. For more information and to apply for a scholarship click here

AWS Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Scholarship Program

The AWS Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Scholarship program, in collaboration with Intel and Udacity, aims to help underserved and underrepresented high school and college students learn foundational ML concepts to prepare them for careers in AI and ML. For more information click here.

Upcoming Events

Save the Date – Invited Talk

Presenters: Dr. Ho Kyeong RA

When: November 3rd 2022 at 4:30 PDT

Where: MS Teams

Save the Date – CAE Tech Talk

Presenters: Dr. Kun Sun, and Massimiliano Albanese, George Mason University

When: November 3rd, 2022 – Presentation #1: 10:00 – 10:50 AM and Presentation #2 : 11:00- 11:50 AM

Where: Zoom Channel

CAE Tech Talks are recorded – view them here: Recorded Tech Talks

Presentation #1 Topic: Security Patch Identification on Open-Source Software

Presentation #2 Topic: A Metrics-Driven Approach to Prioritizing Vulnerability Mitigation

Save the Date – Fall Quarter 2022 Career Panel Event



















What: Join us virtually for our Fall Quarter 2022 Career Panel of alumni & friends of CityU as they discuss their careers, career paths, offer words of wisdom, and tell you how they landed their amazing jobs! Panel members include a recruiting specialist, software engineers, client partner, and software development manager from companies such as Amazon, Wipro, Pinterest, and CommercelQ.

When: November 8th, 2022 – 4:30 – 8:30 PM

Where: 521 Wall Street and Online – register for more information!

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. You can find record CAE Tech talks here. ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. For questions on CAE Tech Talk, please send them email.

Club Announcements

Cybersecurity Club

Anyone curious or interested in Cybersecurity is welcome to join! The club is also open to alumni, we encourage all current and future alumni to attend the meetings.

Meetings are held on Thursdays at 5:30 PDT via MS Teams. Fall meetings are focused on restarting the cybersecurity club, beginning with filling open leadership positions. The NCL team is being coached by Associate Professor Greg Surber.

Cybersecurity Club is filling: 

  • VP of Operations 
  • VP of Administration/Secretary 
  • VP of Events 

For more information about each role, please contact Dan Montague


Mountain West Cyber Games

When: Saturday, December 3, 2022 8:30am—4:30 pm MDT

Teams will compete in one 7-hour round of Cybersecurity Capture the Flag (CTF) to take home the title and great prizes! Teams can be geographically collocated but the challenge event will be online.

Space is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. No cost to compete! This event will be hosted on Deloitte’s Cyber CTF platform. AFCEA will be offering generous prizes for the top three teams!

Schools can register as many teams as you can assemble — no limit. Teams consist of up to 4 students each.  Non-UCCS teams should register here!

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 their expertise or project, please contact Adrian ParkerClick here to join. Everyone is invited!

AWS Resources

AWS QwikLabs
AWS Workshops
Security Learning Path
AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials

Microsoft Resources

Microsoft Dev Essentials

Create Low-Code MR Apps with Power Apps

GitLab Sources

GitLab CI/CD recorded webcast

STC TA documentation for setting up environments

Open Source Projects

LibreFoodPantry Open-Source Project

Programming resources

Puget Sound Programming Python (PuPPy)

PuPPy meets once a month at one of the branches of the Seattle Public Library. The location will be announced on in the above link.

Web app testing

Puppeteer (Google Product) Node library

Playwright (Microsoft Product) end-to-end web app testing

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 Adrian Parker if interested.

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. We will be covering various topics this quarter including Computer Vision, Data Engineering, and NLP! Take a look at our Fall Quarter Calendar to see more

Please reach out to the club president, Mahathi Vucha, with any questions.

Week 5 (Invited Talk Event: Dr. Ho Kyeong RA)

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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