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2014 CS/SE Graduates

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grads2014The CS/SE class of 2014 will be headed to a variety of locations:

Reid Alford - M.E.P.CAD, Denver, CO

Nick Broden -  M.E.P.CAD, Denver, CO

Cade Foster - Cerner, Kansas City, MO

Jeff Hall - EchoStar, Denver, CO

Brian Knopp - Graduate school at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland

Matt Morris - Microsoft, Redmond, WA

PJ Neary - EchoStar, Denver, CO

Frank Sholey - HP, Boise, ID

Jordon Yates - Microsoft, Redmond, WA


REAL Scholars Earn Additional Scholarship Funds by Coding

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KennySchmitSTrevorBrooksSThe CS Department wants to acknowledge the accomplishments of future Montana Tech students Kendall Schmit (left) and Trevor Brooks (right) for recently completing the first REAL Scholarship programming challange - the Odd Sum Problem.  We hope this encourages all REAL scholars to complete at least the first program in Module 5 (to view without creating an account, enter student and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). If you can get a working program for this problem, Prof. Ackerman ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) will help you get it accepted by the online UVa judge.

Very few high schools currently teach the basics of programming, so most REAL scholars do not even attempt the first program in Module 5. In general, those that succeed have been teaching themselves some programming. While it's helpful to have friends or family members that can help you get started programming, there is a lot of really good tutorial material on the web (,, and our CSCI 135 Online course) that will help give you the skills to complete the first two programs in Module 5.


Hour of Code at Butte High School

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bhs1Seniors Matt Morris and PJ Neary, along with Professor Celia Schahczenski, visited four Butte High Pre-Calculus classes during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9 - 15) to tell them about the many job opportunities in computer science. Matt and PJ shared their internship experience with the students, mentioning that both were lucky enough to have internships all three summers while at Tech. Matt boasted that, last summer, as an intern at Microsoft he got to attend a private concert - Microsoft interns only - of Macklemore & Deadmau5. PJ countered that interning at EchoStar in Denver he got to climb Mount Elbert (14,440') and that EchoStar purchased each climber a $300 backpack to make the trip possible. Both Matt and PJ are lined up to work for these companies once they graduate in May.

Butte High students also did CodeMontana exercises, some winning prizes for completing the job with the fewest lines of code. One winner did a high-five and exclaimed "I had no idea I'd be so good at this!"

Special thanks to Butte High math teacher Julie Johns for making the arrangements and being an excellent host. Also thanks to Butte High Principal John Metz.


Freshman SE Student Enjoys CSCI 135 Game Assignments

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k rudy1Kaitlyn Rudy shows off her latest CSCI 135 Java program, Bombs Away. Kaitlyn took some time off to figure out what she wanted to get out of earning a bachelor's degree and returned to Montana Tech last spring to begin a Software Engineering (SE) degree. She started out in the Programming with C class to see if she really likes the challenge of creating programs for computers. Turns out she really does! Kaitlyn is now in the CSCI 135 Fundamentals of Computer Science I class. She finds this to be a challenging class, but really enjoys the exciting multi-media demos (like filling the screen with an increasing swarm of moving, colliding, and bouncing circles of all sizes and colors) that Professor Vertanen uses to spice up his lectures. She thinks Java programming assignments like Double-or-Nothing, Mars Lander, Staying Alive, Guitar Hero, and Bombs Away are fun. These assignments, along with the support she gets from the instructor, her advisor, and fellow students, keep Kaitlin motivated. [video to be added next semester]


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