Message From Leadership

From Leadership – Dean Chung

Welcome on board to Spring Term 2021! 
Let’s make this a great learning experience.  
To help my ongoing learning, I have used Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“:

Let’s start with the “Be Proactive” to learn more. Our school planned several events. Among them, you can see the following pre-arranged events. YOU ARE ALWAYS INVITED!

  • STC Student Clubs & Research Groups (SCRG) Weekly Meeting- Every Thursday, 4–5 pm (contact Min Qiu)
  • Quarterly Community Building Events – the third and the fourth week.
    Your Program Manager will contact you.
  • STC Applied Research Symposium – June 11, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (contact Min Qiu) 

If you are interested in your internship or capstone project, you must prepare for them in advance. We will provide some guidance for you. 

  • Topic: Internship, CPT/OPT, & Capstone

When: April 8, 2021 (Thu) 4 pm –5 pm (PST) 
15minutes for presentation & 15 minutes for Q&A  
Topic 1: Internship for International Students through CPT/OPT  
Speaker: Sabin Saway, Senior Advisor, ISO  
Topic 2: STC Internship, Capstone, & Service Learning  
Speaker: Sam Chung, Dean, STC 

Interview with Dr. Ali Khamesipuor

Dr. Ali  Khamesipuor – STC’s new Program Manager and Assistant Professor 

I received my Ph.D. in Bioinformatics from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Southern Illinois University in August 2018. I was employed as the Director of R&D at HomeWAV, A Video Visitation Solution for Correctional Facilities, based in St Louis, Missouri. My focus at HomeWAV was on optimizing the available solutions for the company’s product development and maintenance. My academic research interests are three folds: Bioinformatics, Healthcare/Clinical Informatics, and Bridging Industry-Academia.   

Radana:  Ali, welcome to CityU and the School of Technology and Computing, we are absolutely delighted that you joined our dynamic team! Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for the STC Thursday ByteLet’s start off by telling us about your career path that brought you to where you are today. 

Ali: My Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University was mainly focused on Biomarker discovery methods based on Differentially Expressed genes in Micro-array data. Biomarkers are mainly used for predicting the incidence of cancer or other genetic disorders. During my Ph.D., I worked with multiple research groups in different research projects during my graduate studies at SIUC. I have mainly worked on Software Reengineering for Emerging Computing Paradigms. I was very interested in applying the knowledge I had gained from the research group to the classes I was teaching for the Information Systems Technology department (e.g. I used drone programming as a project for Server-side Web Development using JavaScript).  I also joined a project for the Development of a Clinical Decision Support System to Support Healthcare Providers during Tobacco Cessation Interventions. I firmly believe that strong collaboration is a necessity for a highquality research in interdisciplinary fields such as Bioinformatics and Clinical and Health Informatics.  
       During my Ph.D., I also taught multiple courses as a lecturer for the departments of Information Systems Technologies and Electronics System Technologies including, Server-Side Web Development, Mobile Programming, Client-Side Web Development, Advanced Java Programming, Imaging, and Information Systems in Healthcare and Introduction to Biomedical Instrumentation. Soon I realized my endless passion for teaching, especially in a non-traditional setup.  

Radana: Thank you – you come with a wealth of experience which will greatly benefit our students and department. What is one thing you wish you had known when you began your career? 


STC Accomplishments/Activities

AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification
We are delighted to report that Mrs. Smita DuttaCityU STC student workers (teaching assistants), passed the AWS Cloud Practitioner exam! All STC students are eligible for a 50% discount off the exam voucher. See your instructor about AWS exam vouchers. We are looking forward to having more students join the STC certification list. 

STC Spring Break Workshop
STC hosted a two-day workshop titled “Introduction to Android Studio and Application Development” on March 30 and 31, 2021. It was presented by two MSCS students Mr. Min Qiu and Mr. Yu-Che Liu. Sixteen people participated and built a dice-roller application and to-do list application in Android Studio.


  • STC Student Clubs Meeting

The Tech Group and the Cybersecurity Club will meet Thursdays from 4 pm to 5 pm (PST) 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

The STC Cybersecurity Club is revising the club offerings to support the student journey to become a cyber-savvy professionalThe Cyber Club is open to all CityU students and alumni. Complete this survey.

  • Internship, CPT/OPT, & Capstone

Today (4/8), STC Student Club invites CityU ISO Senior Advisor, Mrs. Sabin Saway & STC Dean Sam Chung to talk about Internship, CPT/OPT, and Capstone Projects. For students who are interested in these areas, please join us at 4 pm (PST).  Access Here

This Week in Tech History April 4th – 10th

April 7th, 1964 IBM System 360 is announced and changes industry

IBM announces the launching of the System 360 mainframe architecture, which included six compatible models complete with 40 peripherals. It was called the “360″ because IBM boasted that it can meet the needs of all types and sizes of customersIt cost IBM well over five billion dollars to develop, and to date, thought to be one of the riskiest business decisions. IBM proved skeptics wrong, in the first three months of the 360 release, IBM received US$1.2 billion in orders. The 360 family was the most successful IBM system of all time, generating over US$100 billion in revenue through the mid-1980s. The 360 architecture introduced several industry standards such as the 8-bit byte and binary, decimal and hexadecimal floating-point calculations. The IBM 360 transformed the computer industry! 

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