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Computer Science News Archive


We generate a lot of news here at the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology. We want to keep these valuable historical information. With the Computer Science News Archive page, site visitors can access computer science historical news, dating back to Fall 2013. It is ideal for student, alumni and faculty interested in looking back at historic APSU computer science department coverage.


Academic Year 2014-2015


Computer Science Education Week Open House, 12/3/2014, 3:30-6:00pm, Maynard Building Lobby, Presentation, Games, FREE Pizza, Prizes, all are welcome! Check out details here (APSU news), and here (The Leaf-Chronicle).


Congratulations / Conferences / Publications

  • Dr. Elarde, Dr. Jackson, and Dr. Nicholson attended the ACM Mid-Southeast Fall 2014 Conference, Nov 13-14, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
    • Dr. Elarde, Dr. Jackson, and John Nicholson served as Session Chairs and Judges at different undergraduate and graduate presentations session.
    • Dr. Joseph Elarde presented research findings titled “A Computer Architecture/Organization Team Project Assignment – Reverse Engineering the MARIE Processor” at the Professional Presentations session.
    • Dr. Chenchutta Jackson presented research findings titled “Virtual Worlds and Conservational Channel Evolution and Pollutant Transport Systems (CONCEPTS)” at the Professional Presentations session.
  • The Department of Computer Science & IT was selected for Honorable Mention related to their display (tablet powered drawing robot v1.0) on AP Day, 11/1/2014. Congratulations to Dr. Nicholson and Dr. Elarde. Dr. Nicholson now has more money to buy toys (I mean robots).
  • Congratulations to the 3 teams that participated in the Mid-Central Regional ACM Programming Contest 2014! The teams are supervised by Dr. Coleman.
    • The ACM Programming Contest is an international programming contest run every year by the Association for Computing Machinery. The contest takes place in two phases. The first phase is the Regional Contests which are held at various sites throughout the world. Each region coordinates its own contest and the top teams in each region are chosen to compete at the second phase of the contest, which is the World Finals.
    • APSU competed in the Mid Central region (TN, KY, IL, AR, MO) at the Tennessee Tech site in Cookeville, TN on Saturday, November 1st. There were 24 teams competing at the site and 153 teams competing in the region.
    • The teams were:
      • Modem Family: Donald Buhl-Brown, William Rich, Michael Walker :::: 4th at the site and 38th in the region
      • The Knights Who Say GNU: Connor Bourne, Jacob Hilliard, Brett Lee :::: 9th at the site and 59th in the region
      • The X-Filesystem: Jason Coppedge, Stephen Schuetrumpf, Daniel Wherry :::: 15th at the site and 90th in the region
  • APSU computer science student Arisha Majors designs website for Tennessee Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Leong Lee, and Dr. Gregory S. Ridenour (Geosciences) had their research paper "Using Data Mining to Investigate Interaction between Channel Characteristics and Hydraulic Geometry Channel Types" accepted by the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI), Orlando, Florida, Dec 9-12, 2014.
  • Dr. Samuel N Jator (Math Dept. Chair), and Dr. Leong Lee published research paper "Implementing a seventh-order linear multistep method in a predictor-corrector mode or block mode: which is more efficient for the general second order initial value problem" in peer-reviewed SpringerPlus Journal, SpringerPlus 2014, 3:447.
  • Dr. Leong Lee, Dr. Matthew Jones (Math), Dr. Gregory S. Ridenour (Geosciences), Mr. Maurice P. Testa, and Mr. Michael J. Wilson (GIS) had their research paper "Investigating and Comparing Spatial Accuracy and Precision of GPS-Enabled Devices in Middle Tennessee" accepted by the GRMSE 2014 Conference, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Oct 3-5, 2014.
  • Congratulations to Kadeem J. Pardue, graduate of Spring 2014, for being accepted to the online Masters of Science in Computer Science program (with a specialization in Databases and Software Engineering) at the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Computing.
  • Congratulations to Dr. John Nicholson for receiving the 2014 Socrates Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • APSU computer science program recognized on national list. ComputerScienceOnline.org, a leading resource for online learning in computer science and related fields, recently released its Best Online Computer Science Degrees list for 2015, and the organization ranked Austin Peay State University as one of the top 50 programs in the nation. Check out details here (APSU news).
  • Congratulations to Spring 2014 Computer Science Graduates Who Secure Jobs BEFORE Graduation ! :: Justin Carter :: Brian Rivers :: Clinton Person :: Kadeem Pardue :: Sean Bennett :: Steven (Scott) Dunning :: Anthony Coffey :: Jeffrey Gray ::
  • Congratulations to ACM officers for all the hard work they have done this year. ACM organization has been nominated for a Student Organization Award. These awardswill be presented during the annual Student Organization and Leader Awards program: April 16, 2014, 6pm, Morgan University Center Ballroom. Dr. Nicholas Coleman is the ACM student organization sponsor.

  • Dr. John Nicholson attended the 2014 SIGCSE conference (March 2014) in Atlanta, GA where he presented two assignments the “Image Stacker” and “The Pesky Tourist” on the Nifty Assignments Panel.
  • The Computer Science Dept had two students who were accepted to present at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April 3-5, 2014. A total of 7 APSU students were accepted to present at the conference. Congratulations to...
    • Student: Donald Buhl-Brown; Advisor: Dr. John Nicholson.
    • Student: William Rich; Advisor: Dr. Jiang Li.

New Networking Concentration was offered in Fall 2014

Please refer to the New B.S. Information Sheet for details.



Academic Year 2013-2014


Career Networking Event 2014

Feb 19, 2014, 9am - 1pm
APSU MUC Ballroom
An opportunity for successful alumni to return to campus to spend time with students in a one-on-one, small-group or roundtable discussions to share their experiences, offer practical advice and give students a realistic picture of their respective fields (this is not a career fair). The event is open and FREE to all students.

Computer Science Alumni that will be there are:

  • Mike Smithfield (’94 – Computer Science) : Consulting Performance Tester -- Hospital Corporation of America
  • Michael Wright (’85 –  Computer Science) : Co-Owner / VP -- Quality Manufacturing Systems, Inc.
  • Bruce Hall (’10 – Computer Science) : Solution Analyst -- Ricoh
  • Mario Chavez-Rivas (’01 Computer Science) : Front End Systems Leader -- Ingersoll-Rand
  • Ronnie Sagar (’09 – Computer Science) : Senior IT Specialist -- CDE Lightband
  • Michael Neverdusky (’03 – Computer Science) : Senior Network Engineer -- CDE Lightband

Mike Wright Study Nook Dedication and talk is at 3:30pm the same day in MMCS 244 (Maynard 244).


We've Moved !!!     We've Moved !!!     We've Moved !!!     We've Moved !!!

The Computer Science & IT department has moved to the new $6.7 million Maynard Building. Please go to Maynard to see us in Jan 2014.
Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building was named in honor of local businessman and alumnus James Maynard (’56). The facility, which houses the APSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, joins the Sundquist Science Building and the Hemlock Semiconductor Building in creating a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) core on the eastern side of the campus.


Congratulations to Dr. Bruce Myers for receiving the

2013 APSU National Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award

Congratulations / Conferences / Publications

  • Congratulations to ACM officers for all the hard work they have done this year. ACM organization has been nominated for a Student Organization Award. These awardswill be presented during the annual Student Organization and Leader Awards program: April 16, 2014, 6pm, Morgan University Center Ballroom. Dr. Nicholas Coleman is the ACM student organization sponsor.
  • Dr. John Nicholson attended the 2014 SIGCSE conference (March 2014) in Atlanta, GA where he presented two assignments the “Image Stacker” and “The Pesky Tourist” on the Nifty Assignments Panel.
  • The Computer Science Dept had two students who were accepted to present at the 2014 National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, April 3-5, 2014. A total of 7 APSU students were accepted to present at the conference. Congratulations to...
    • Student: Donald Buhl-Brown; Advisor: Dr. John Nicholson.
    • Student: William Rich; Advisor: Dr. Jiang Li.
  • Dr. Bruce Myers, chair of APSU Department of Computer Science and Information Technology and the 2013 APSU National Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award recipient, delivered the commencement address at the APSU 2013 Winter Commencement Ceremony to about 840 APSU graduates. This is the largest winter commencement ceremony in the University's history.
  • Prof. Nancy Smithfield attended the Southeast Women in Computing Conference 2013, Nov 15-17, Lake Guntersville State Park, Alabama; with the following students from our department:
    • Dalene Hart, Chantel Hart, Bonnie Taylor, Andrea Keeton, Katrina Stroughter and Mary Olive.
    • Bonnie Taylor presented poster “JKonference: A Mobile Solution for the Business Person on the Go” at the conference.
    • Prof. Smithfield served as Judge at the Poster Presentation.
  • Dr. Elarde, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Nicholson attended the ACM Mid-Southeast Fall 2013 Conference, Nov 14-15, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
    • Dr. Leong Lee served as Session Chair and Judge at the Doctoral Degree Presentations session.
    • Dr. John Nicholson served as Session Chair and Judge at the Undergraduate 4-year Presentations session.
    • Dr. Joseph Elarde presented research findings titled “Simultaneous Multi-Threading Capacity Planning Implications” at the Professional Presentations session.
    • Dr. Leong Lee presented research findings titled “Data Mining for Hydraulic Geometry” (joint research with Dr. Gregory S. Ridenour of Dept. of Geosciences) at the Professional Presentations session.
  • Congratulations to the 3 teams that participated in the Mid-Central Regional ACM Programming Contest 2013! This region covers the states of Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The regional contest takes place at multiple sites across these states. Our teams participated at the Tennessee Tech site in Cookville, TN.
    • Team "Two and a Half Vegans" (Donald Buhl-Brown, William Rich, and Michael Walker) solved 4 of 8 problems, placed 6th out of 24 teams at the site and 44th out of 139 teams in the Mid-Central region.
    • Team "FutuRAMa" (Stephen Schuetrumpf, Lacey Williams, and Dylan Wood) solved 3 problems and placed 14th at the site and 84th in the region.
    • Team "Monty Python's Flying Circuits" (Connor Bourne, Jacob Hilliard, and Brett Lee) solved 2 problems and placed 21st at the site and 120th in the region.
    • All three teams were coached by Dr. Coleman.
  • Lance Batson had an abstract accepted for presentation at the 2013 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
  • Dr. John Nicholson was named Exemplary Faculty Member of the Year 2013.
  • Donald Buhl-Brown and Billy Rich were named 2013-14 Presidential Research Scholars.

Department Events:

  • Congratulations! Honoring The Graduates, December 6, 2013
    • We will honor the graduates at 1:00 PM on Friday, December 6, 2013. Venue: Claxton 306. We have an outstanding group of graduates. Congratulations for your achievements. It is not easy but you did it
  • Graduate Reception, December 13, 2013
    • The College of Science & Mathematics will be hosting a graduation reception in honor of our graduates immediately following the 10 AM commencement Friday, December 13, 2013. We hope you will bring your families and friends by the HSC Lab and introduce faculty and staff to them. You can enjoy some refreshments and miss the crowds at restaurants for lunch.
    • Handicap parking is behind the Maynard building. Parking is also available at Ford and 9th street.
  • Computer Science Education Week “Open House”, December 4, 2013
    • Student poster-board presentations, project displays, a birthday cake celebration for computing pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper, free pizza, soft drinks, and prizes.
    • Venue: new Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building (level 1 & 2 lobby).
    • Contact Dr. Elarde at elardej@apsu.edu for additional information,

New Professional Science Master's Degree

The Department is proud to announce that a Professional Science Master's Degree with a concentration in Data Management and Analysis will be offered beginning in the Fall of 2013.  Click here for information on this new program.