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DEAN KNAPP CONFERS DEGREES AT AOL/INDIA GRADUATION
SEIDENBERG STUDENTS MASTER IBM’S MASTER THE MAINFRAME CONTEST
HELPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF STUDENTS - ALUMNI ESTABLISH CAPORALE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
SEIDENBERG SCHOLARS VISIT GARTNER, INC.
NEW YORK CITY IS “BIG” IN THE INTERNET BUSINESS
SEIDENBERG SCHOOL TO BUILD A NEW YORK CITY ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEB SITE
COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER CONDUCTS SOLAR PANEL WORKSHOPS
CHRISTELLE SCHARFF RETURNS TO SENEGAL FOR 2ND BOOT CAMP
CIS 101 HONORS CLASS HAS FUN WITH ALICE ANIMATION
SCHOOL RECEIVES POWERFUL IBM BLADECENTER FOR RESEARCH AND COURSE DEVELOPMENT
PACE/SKILLPROOF IT INDEX ON THE UPSWING
 
 
DEAN KNAPP CONFERS DEGREES AT AOL/INDIA GRADUATION

Dean Constance Knapp (center) and Dr. Narayan Murthy and Dr. Daniel Farkas with AOL/India graduates
Constance Knapp, interim dean, spent the year-end holiday in India. Accompanied by Narayan Murthy, PhD, and Daniel Farkas, PhD, chairs of the Westchester computer science and information technology departments, respectively, she conferred degrees on the 15 students who recently completed MS in Internet Technology degrees. For the past two years, these students, all employees of AOL/India, took courses online along with their fellow classmates in the U.S.

The graduation took place at AOL/India in Bangalore on January 7. Kumar Tolluri, vice president of platforms and technologies at AOL/India, and Ani Banerjee, vice president of the human resource division, were also in attendance.

SEIDENBERG STUDENTS MASTER IBM’S MASTER THE MAINFRAME CONTEST

Stiliyan Lazarov (BS/CS ’10)
Stiliyan Lazarov, a senior majoring in computer science on the New York City campus, participated in IBM’s 2009 Master the Mainframe Contest during the fall 2009 semester. The competition was comprised of three parts of increasing difficulty. He was declared a winner in Parts I and II and received honorable mention in Part III for “exceptional performance.” Jay Thomas, a student in Seidenberg’s online BS in Professional Technology Studies program, was also named a Part II winner.

Stiliyan found the experience highly valuable because it provided him with first-hand exposure to a wide variety of IBM mainframe tools and technologies. When asked how he felt about his impressive accomplishment, he said: “I am very proud of this achievement, considering that I did not have any previous experience with mainframe technology.”

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HELPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF STUDENTS - ALUMNI ESTABLISH CAPORALE FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP

Steven Caporale (BS/CS ’86), along with his wife, Amelia (BBA/Accounting ’88), and his brother, Robert (BBA/MIS ’85), all Pace alumni, recently established the Caporale Family Scholarship to support the next generation of Pace graduates. Two awards will be made each year – one to a Seidenberg student and one to a Lubin student. The first recipients will be selected in time for the fall 2010 semester. We are truly grateful for their generosity and their ongoing commitment to helping our students.

SEIDENBERG SCHOLARS VISIT GARTNER, INC.

At the invitation of Larry Perlstein, group vice president of Gartner’s Ombudsman Program and Seidenberg School advisory board member, 17 Seidenberg Scholars travelled to Gartner, Inc. headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut on January 29 for an information-packed morning. Gartner, a leading information technology research and advisory company, provides objective information to a varied clientele worldwide.

Seidenberg Scholars at Gartner, Inc. headquarters

The students first heard from Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president of research, who presented an overview of the organization and of where technology is heading now that the recession is receding and companies are showing interest in investing in innovation and new technologies. David Cearley, a vice president and Gartner fellow who analyzes emerging business and technology trends, then discussed cloud computing, its definition and what it means for IT providers. He was followed by Mike Skorski, group vice president of the Strategic Technology Group, with a description of the various career paths within Gartner and the knowledge and skills needed to advance. Lawrence Orens, research director, concluded the morning with an update on security issues and cybercrime trends.

The students asked numerous questions and seemed to both enjoy and learn from this very special excursion.

NEW YORK CITY IS “BIG” IN THE INTERNET BUSINESS

Ernie von Simson, noted technology expert and venture capitalist, speaks at seminar on entrepreneurship
The Seidenberg School hosted The Next Big Thing: New York as the Emerging Center for Internet Start-ups on Thursday, December 3rd for a standing-room only crowd featuring keynote speaker Carl Levin, managing editor of Forbes.com, with a panel composed of stellar participants in New York City’s high technology start-up scene. The panel included computer scientist turned intellectual property attorney, Dan Hunter from New York Law School, noted EDGE technology expert and venture capitalist, Ernie von Simson and Seidenberg alum and social media guru Matthew Knell.

“This was so inspirational,” said Pace sophomore Rian Hogan of the seminar. “It really made me think about what I want to do with my career and I really see myself as an entrepreneur.” The seminar offered students an insight into the world of an entrepreneur and seemingly managed to make the world of risk and uncertainty seem like a world without limits which is why New York City is the best fit for technology start-ups. New York is the place “where dreams come true” and entrepreneurs make that phrase a reality nearly every day.

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SEIDENBERG SCHOOL TO BUILD A NEW YORK CITY ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEB SITE

Pace's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and its Pace Web Solutions Development Team recently received $90,000 to help the New York City Economic Development Corporation create a centralized Web portal for entrepreneurs. The portal will showcase New York as the center of entrepreneurial opportunity, becoming the go-to site by providing information, resources and contact points for start-ups, entrepreneurs and investors of all sizes. The portal will focus on the media, biotechnology, green technology and financial services industries.

The Principal Investigator for the project is Jonathan Hill, assistant dean and director of special programs and projects, working with an interdisciplinary team that includes: Bruce Bachenheimer, clinical professor of management, and Claudia Green, PhD, from the Lubin School of Business; Catherine Dwyer, PhD of the Seidenberg faculty; and Wilfredo Peña and Carey Miller of the Seidenberg staff; as well as numerous Seidenberg students.

COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER CONDUCTS SOLAR PANEL WORKSHOPS
Federal Stimulus Monies Help Unemployed Learn New Skills

Participants gain hands-on experience in installing solar panels at the conclusion of the Solar PV Design and Installation Bascis workshop
The Pace Computer Learning Center is offering a 40 hour, week long, hands-on workshop in the design and installation of solar roof panel arrays as part of the University’s new “Career Forward” initiative for adults. Many of the participants, including those who want to start new businesses or expand existing ones, are being funded via vouchers from the New York State Department of Labor’s Workforce New York program. The purpose of the program is to promote the development of a skilled workforce and foster economic growth.

The solar workshop called Solar PV Design and Installation Basics, covers the basics of designing and installing both a grid-tied system and an off-grid system with battery backup and concludes with a hands-on installation simulation. Completion of the program is the first step toward becoming a certified energy practitioner.

Additional workshops will be held in New York City in March and White Plains in April. For more information, visit http://pclc.pace.edu or call (914) 422-4054.

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CHRISTELLE SCHARFF RETURNS TO SENEGAL FOR 2ND BOOT CAMP

Christelle Scharff, PhD, working with Senegalese students at a boot camp to develop mobile applications for student use
Christelle Scharff, PhD, who spent a good part of academic year 2008-2009 in Senegal teaching students at the University of Thies how to develop mobile applications under a grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIAA), returned to Senegal in early January to conduct another week-long boot camp on mobile applications development and Web design. The theme of “Improving Student Life on Campus” resulted in mobile applications to help students budget their money, complete a university orientation, and manage their time.* The second application permits freshmen to get used to life on campus – like an orientation but on mobile. In addition, Web sites were created for individual professors of Thies, the Museum of Thies, and a regional artisan association.

While in Senegal, Dr. Scharff also attended an award ceremony for a nationwide competition that she had initiated in partnership with faculty from the Ecole Superieure Multinationale des Telecommunications (ESMT) for the creation of socially relevant mobile applications. Twelve entries from teams of students from five Senegalese universities were reviewed by judges from IBM’s Academic Initiative and the Cell-Life NGO (South Africa), the University of Guelph (Canada), the University of Delhi (India), the UK and SonicBoom Games (USA), a New York-based mobile company. At the ceremony that took place at ESMT, students were awarded prizes from Neurotech, a Senegalese company specializing in networking solutions, as well as from IBM’s Academic Initiative, Sun Microsystems, and Pearson Education.

*This spring, Dr. Scharff will transfer this experience by having students in her software engineering class develop applications to improve Pace students’ lives on campus.

CIS 101 HONORS CLASS HAS FUN WITH ALICE ANIMATION

Eco-tourism
Last fall, students in Dr. Susan Merritt’s CIS 101 Introduction to Computing Honors Class had fun learning how to use Alice, a teaching tool that enables beginning computing students to incorporate animation into their projects. The twenty-six students in the class divided into teams to create focused Web sites dedicated to various ecologically related topics such as solar energy and eco-tourism. In addition to researching their topics, the students had to learn HTML in order to create their sites and Alice in order to enhance them and make them more engaging. A number of the finished sites may be seen on The EcoWeb Project site.

SCHOOL RECEIVES POWERFUL IBM BLADECENTER FOR RESEARCH AND COURSE DEVELOPMENT

Lixin Tao, PhD
In 2005, the Seidenberg School, through the efforts of Lixin Tao, PhD, and Christelle Scharff, PhD, was the only academic institution in the US to be awarded the use of an IBM BladeCenter for graduate-level research and course development on a year-to-year basis. A BladeCenter is a form of computer hardware made up of numerous powerful server CPUs housed in a few compact chassis and is used to support high-performance, server-side computing.

Over the years, Dr. Tao made use of the BladeCenter to update two existing courses – CS 644 Internet Computing and Distributed Components and CS 646 Enterprise System Integration with Web Services – and to develop a new course in grid computing. Graduate students use it for class projects and research. Recently, Dr. Tao donated the courseware for CS 644 and CS 646 to IBM to be shared with colleges around the world through IBM’s Academic Initiative Program. In return, IBM gave the BladeCenter to the school for its permanent use.

PACE/SKILLPROOF IT INDEX ON THE UPSWING

Job postings for IT professionals increased dramatically in Manhattan and showed surprising strength in Westchester County according to the 4th quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index (PSII) Report. For details, read the latest PSII.