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Internship at Yahoo

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Casey Flynn, a senior in Computer Science, attended an internship at Yahoo! over the summer. Located in Sunnyvale, California Yahoo is currently the fifth most visited website in the world with over 1 billion active users per month. During his internship Casey worked in search on the Build Your Own Search Service team, dedicated to providing rich search capabilities to third party developers. His projects included working on Yahoo’s new search platform, and developing an android application to showcase Yahoo’s latest search offerings (vision search).

Along with working with cutting edge technology, Casey was exposed to the Yahoo culture. This includes complementary meals, drinks, and full service coffee bars. Free meals and drinks weren't the only thing he was exposed to while at the Sunnyvale campus; Casey was also afforded the opportunity to meet with industry leaders in big data, machine vision, and mobile development. Currently, Casey is interviewing with Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft and says “The coolest thing about Yahoo was the opportunity to work with a company that operates on a global scale. Receiving that kind of exposure has made me much more attractive to the top tech companies.”

 

Montana Tech Robotic Mining Club Places in Top 10

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A team of engineering and computer science students from Montana Tech competed in the 2015 NASA Robotic Mining Competition May 18-22 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. For the first time ever, the team placed in the top 10 during the On-site Mining Competition. “We're ecstatic with how well we did,” noted Erin Wiles, a graduate student in the Montana Tech Electrical Engineering Department and president of Montana Tech’s Robotic Mining Club. “We were able to dig an average of 11kg of the regolith and deposit it in the collector bin. We know we can do even better next year.”

The team, named Team Orediggers, consists of Josh Lee (Software Engineering Senior), Mack Sutherland (Software Engineering Senior), Jacob McLean, Andrew Lamping, Erin Wiles, Anthony Ottolini-Messuri, Krista Stone, Ross Mitchell (CS Senior not pictured), Joshua Bekel, and Jordan Watson. Bryce Hill, assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department served as faculty advisor and Nick Pollman, Montana Tech alumnus assisted the team during the competition.  

The competition is for university-level students to design and build a mining robot that can traverse the simulated Martian terrain features, excavate basaltic regolith and deposit the regolith into a Collector Bin within 10 minutes. The complexities of the challenge include the abrasive characteristics of the basaltic regolith simulant, the weight and size of the limitations of the mining robot, and the ability to control it from a remote center. The scoring for the mining category requires teams to consider a number of design and operation factors such as dust tolerance and projection, communications, vehicle mass, energy/power required, and autonomy.  

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2015 CS/SE Graduates

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Seven computer science and software engineering students graduated on May 16th. They will be working for a variety of companies in the western US. 

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CodeMontana to be housed at Tech

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codemtPressCodeMontana, a program for introducing high school students across Montana to computer coding, will now be administered by Montana Tech through the Computer Science Department. The program was created by Greg Gianforte and Rob Irizarry to introduce junior high and high school students to computer programming at earlier ages. CodeMontana’s relocation is being made possible by a gift of $220,000 from the Gianforte Family Foundation. 

CodeMontana will continue as the same program, but its new home will offer further mentorship for CodeMontana students from current Computer Science students at Tech. The added mentorship will encourage students to complete CodeMontana and motivate them to choose a career in Computer Science or Software Engineering. Montana Tech will continue to offer the $4000 CodeMontana Scholarship to students who complete the first 4 modules and have a Math ACT score of 24 or higher.

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