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Summer-Fall 2014 Internships

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Over the summer and fall of 2014, at least nine Montana Tech computer science and software engineering students interned at a wide variey of companies, from Amazon and Cobalt in Seattle, to Echostar in Colorado and CISCO in Silicon Valley to several local companies in Butte. If a student enrolls in the Internship course, we asked them to share their internship experiences on the Computer Science Department website. Make sure to read the entire article and return for additional internships as students submit their reports.  Articles about Garrett Brown, Justin Emge, Scott Fleener, and Haythem Memmi are below. Not all students signup for internship credit, so there are many additional companies where our students are interning each summer.

Garrett NCHCI Fall2014Garrett Brown, a double major in Computer Science and Software Engineering entering his senior year, spent the summer and fall of 2014 with the National Center for Healthcare Informatics in Butte. His work was on designing and implementing a full profile mission scenario for an Air Force Special Forces training simulation. His role consisted of researching technologies that could be applied to adding realism to the scenario, such as force feedback, as well as creating content for the scenario. For most of the internships duration, Garrett worked with the help of a technical director and a former Air Force Para-rescue man. Throughout the internship, Garrett worked closely with representatives of the companies whose technologies were to be integrated into the simulation environment. The project uses existing technologies with Python and Lua scripts communicating between them. Using geographic information system (GIS) technologies and the MACE/VRSG simulation environment, he developed a realistic training scenario. Garrett learned of this internship through the faculty of Montana Tech, as it is a local organization.


CodeMontana - One Year Later

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A CBS Special Assignment reports on CodeMontana one year later. The report includes an interview with CS Department Head Jeff Braun and video coverage of Celia Schahczenski's Discrete Structures class and the Museum Building computer lab. The special feature mentions both the $4000 CodeMontana Scholarship and the CSCI 191 CodeMontana: Intro to CS course, which will be offered again next spring.


Montana Tech Programming Teams Successful at Montana Competition

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Six student computer programming teams from Montana Tech competed in the 2014  ACM Montana Programming Contest on September 19th on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman. One of the Montana Tech teams placed first and another team received honorable mention. The competition saw 16 teams from Montana Tech and Montana State University. The team of Justin Emge, Adam Cass, and Ben Butcher placed 1st and the team of Hathem Memmi, Jake Jones, and Casey Flynn received honorable mention.


The contest challenges teams of three university students to use their programming skills and rely on their mental endurance to solve complex, real world problems under a grueling five-hour deadline. At the competition, the teams were given six problems to solve with a goal of solving as many problems as possible during the contest period. The solutions to the problems must be submitted as programs in one of the programming languages Java, C, or C++. Tech’s winning team solved all problems in under 3 hours.


Montana Tech’s top teams will next compete at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Saturday, November 8 as part of the Rocky Mountain Regional competition of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest.


Bill Ivanich Receives 2014 Alumni Recognition Award

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Bill Ivanich received the 2014 Computer Science Alumni Recognition Award as part of the Homecoming festivities on September 19. Bill is pictured with CS Department Head Jeff Braun (far left), Montana Tech Alumni Association Vice President Dean Bentley, and Chancellor Don Blackketter (far right). Bill is a Senior Manager with EchoStar Technologies and has over 14 years of experience in embedded software Engineering for set-top box development for the digital pay TV industry. He has worked to support the successful launch of several products; highlights involve software features related to interactive TV applications, DVR support, HD support, multiple language support, multiple branding support, and IP TV streaming support. He is either the inventor or co-inventor on 7 patents related to image compression and manipulation, user input controls, media analysis, user classification, and 3D TV buffer methods.


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