Mobile apps and gaming lead the way for computer science students

Mobile apps and gaming lead the way for computer science students Kennesaw, Ga. (April 26, 2013)…

Georgia (Apr 26, 2013) — Mobile apps and gaming lead the way for computer science students

Kennesaw, Ga. (April 26, 2013) — Kennesaw State computer science students showed off their best work in their first campus symposium recently. The projects ran the gamut from mobile applications to biometrics queries to gaming to project management programs.

The students welcomed guests from several technology companies, who judged their projects and offered career advice. 

“You have some of the best students,” said Trudy Jerls, a project manager for Hewlett-Packard. “You have some of the best faculty and you have one of the best CS departments in the country. So don’t forget that when you get aggravated.”

The winners of the project competition, which was held in the Science Laboratory atrium on April 23, were:

First Place:

“National Parks Services App 2”

Team 4 – Zachary Kennel, Daniel Ledford, Sean Pryor, Sarah Stedman

Second Place:

“Simplistic Gaming Interface Design & the Impact on End-User”

Team 7– Mitchell Parson, Adeoulu Adebayo, Seth Daniel

Third Place:

“Open Sale Web-Based Application”

Team 2– Michael Beckler, Jacob Mokris, John Taylor and Spencer Williams

The student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery presented Jerls, the keynote speaker, who came equipped with career advice:

  • Read your resume backwards to check for errors.
  • Stick to a one-page resume.
  • Be able to clearly articulate what you have done in one sentence.
  • Always answer your phone professionally.
  • Good hygiene and grooming really do matter.
  • Wear your nicest clothes. They don’t have to be new.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before your appointment time.
  • Smile and make eye contact.
  • Give a solid handshake.
  • Don’t get too comfortable.
  • In other words: it’s not a good idea to kick back, put your hands behind your head and your feet up on the interviewer’s desk.
  • It’s O.K. to say you don’t know the answer to a question.
  • When you don’t know the answer, tell the interviewer how you would find the answer and use the information.
  • Say “Thank you” when you are done with the interview.
  • A thank you note is good too.

Several other companies sent representatives, including: Abacus Solutions, AirWatch, LivePerson and Nusoft Technologies.

Kennesaw State Department of Computer Science


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