Engineering@Syracuse Immersion 2017

From September 29 to October 1, online and on-campus students, alumni, and industry practitioners came together across Syracuse University’s Engineering and Computer Science graduate programs and ventured to campus to learn more. The program was split up into three days filled with various presentations and activities.

Day One

Ph.D. students presented various research projects, and on-campus offices discussed opportunities for online students to engage with the Syracuse University Campus. One group discussed mobile operating systems and the integration of software into Android-developed applications.

Another group, Orange Hacker’s Association (OHA), invited students to join them in conversations about advanced concepts, such as the Equifax breach that occurred. OHA attends formal competitions such as Cyberseed, coding competitions, and hackathons. The organization encourages participation from students of all backgrounds because security must be taken into account in all design. OHA plans to livestream their on-campus sessions so that online students can participate.

The Office of Alumni Engagement encouraged anyone who had completed 60 credits at Syracuse or who had a graduate degree to join the association. The group programs speaker events and game-viewing parties all over the country.

Finally, day one concluded in a networking workshop for career development. Sixty to seventy percent of individuals looking for a job find success through networking while only 10 percent get an offer from blind applying. LinkedIn and social media can be useful when job searching, and joining pages like ‘CuseConnect and Syracuse University Alumni Network can be helpful.

Day Two

Patrick McSweeney , an assistant professor at Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, led a big data workshop. Professor McSweeney taught the participants how to use Apache Hadoop when analyzing data and how to use an algorithm to derive relevant data. The algorithm was written using Java.

That afternoon, everyone was invited to a game viewing and tailgate with Dean Dahlberg. The dean spoke with all of the attendees to get to know their backgrounds and goals.

Day Three

Mehmet Kaya , an assistant teaching professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at Syracuse University, lectured about mobile application development. He explained the difference between the Android and OS platforms and encouraged students to consider ways of monetizing applications to generate revenue. In global smartphone sales Android is dominating most markets, but in the United States, the division is 50-50. Professor Kaya suggested every app should have the ability to be viewed on many different devices with different specifications and resolutions. He explained that this industry is a very competitive landscape, so quickly creating user-friendly apps is key.

Fehime Nihan Cicekli , a teaching professor at Syracuse University on a sabbatical from a university in Turkey, presented on information retrieval and its applications. Information retrieval is about processing, indexing, and retrieving textual data from different database systems. Source selection, query formation, and search are all integral parts of this process. For example, in a search engine, is apple the food or the company? The retrieval process must take into account the order of words in a query, the meaning of the words used, and direct or indirect user feedback.

Ilyas Cicekli , a professor at Syracuse University teaching Fundamentals of Data and Knowledge Mining, discussed data mining, which is the non-trivial extraction of implicit, previously unknown, and potentially useful data. Not all data collected is relevant, but some findings can be useful in business intelligence and decision making.

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