Message From Leadership

From Leadership – Program Manager Dr. Ali Khamesipour

Wow, it is week 5 already!! 
I hope you all have enjoyed your coursework and various activities the STC faculty and students have helped coordinate this quarter.
I would like to share my thoughts on how one can define their success and make use of the available resources to ensure they are on the right path to their goal. First, define your goal. Have a clear vision of your goal 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 make sure you are getting closer to your goal. If you have missed a couple of checkpoints in a row, you will need to rethink your plan. Do not be afraid of trying something new or failure as these two components are the best ways to learn. Keep in mind, 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 feedback constantly. You will be surprised how these conversations will help you improve yourself and build your network. Always keep yourself motivated and reiterate back to your main goal. Return-On-Investment (ROI) is a key 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 provide an invaluable resource for practicing the mentioned skills and getting feedback from your fellow students, our STC alumni students, and faculty members. 

STC Activities/Accomplishments in April

   – Quarterly Community Building Events were held for all three programs. 

   – Quarterly Community Building Events were held for BSDS, MSDS, and DIT programs. 
   – Quarterly faculty meetings were held for MSDS and DIT programs. 

   – Quarterly Community Building Events were held for the MSCS program. 
   – As part of our University Alliance program, we currently have 5 AWS-certified instructors and students. We have advertised an AWS instructor led course to help prepare our students for the AWS certification. 


  • STC Student Clubs Meeting

The Tech Group and the Cybersecurity Club will meet Thursdays 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

Welcome to the STC Cybersecurity Club; A Byte of Cyber! Weekly meetings are focused on learning skills and concepts vital to cybersecurity careers. This week learn about Linux and Virtual Machines. We recommend downloading VirtualBox and Ubuntu prior to the meeting to get the most out of the meeting.Here are the VirtualBox and Linux/Ubuntu Install Instructions: Install Ubuntu on Oracle VirtualBox (
Meeting Time: May 6th, 2021 | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm PDT/8:30 pm – 9:30 pm EST
Meeting Topics:  
  – Working in Linux/Ubuntu & Virtual Machines
  – VIRTUALBOX and UBUNTU Install 
  – Basic Terminal Usage (BASH)  
  – Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)
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  • STC Certification Awareness Week – AWS

We are happy to introduce AWS certifications next week. We will introduce the AWS certification path, including AWS Cloud Practitioner, AWS Developer- Associate, AWS Solutions Architect- Associate. For each certification topic, it will cover Exam detail, Exam preparation resources, Tips. Please join us this Thursday at 4 pm (PDT) at the STC Student Tech Club meeting

  • Invited Talk

School of Technology & Computing invites Kendra Schraml to share her experiences about IT Project Management in the Fast-Paced Corporate WorldKendra is a Senior Technical Project Manager at USAA, leading cross-functional teams on multi-year compliance initiatives and other high-visibility projects. Join us and find out how you can start your career in the IT project management field. 
When: May 12th, 2021 | 4 pm – 5pm (PDT)
Meeting: LINK

  • New TA Positions

School of Technology and Computing will recruit multiple student workers who can start working from the end of May 2021. You can find more information regarding the job description and requirements and submit your application at this LINK. Interviews will begin after two weeks. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. 

  • 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. ChungorDr. Khameipour. Also, feel free to visit the research group’s website for more information.

This Week in Tech History May 2 – May 8

I LOVE YOU! Really?

A love letter computer virus, also known as the “I love you” bug, or the “Love Bug”, infected PC on May 4, 2000It ran on Windows OS and managed to infect the world for six hours! The bug arrived in an email with a message stating “ILOVEYOU” with an attachment LETTER_FOR_YOU.txt.vbs (visual basic scripting). It is estimated that the worm infected 2.5 to 3 million PC users. The cost of downtime was $8.7 billion. The Love Bug is believed to be the fastest moving, and most widely spread virus to date.  

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