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Located in the Computer Science and Technology Building, the Envoc Innovation Lab officially opened on Jan. 29 after a yearlong construction process. The technically equipped lab was constructed with the donations from Envoc, a web and mobile software design, development and application-hosting firm based in Baton Rouge.
The lab is equipped with free Wi-Fi, white boards, stations for students to work individually or in groups, a lounge area, two rows of modern workstations, two futuristic privacy chairs and a section where students can virtually sit in during Envoc’s developer meetings.
Dr. Quoc-Nam Tran, head of the Department of Computer Science, expressed that the lab is designed to simulate a real world working environment for students.
“Actually, the current employers like Envoc, Apple or Google, they want to create an environment for the employees working so that they can have more innovation,” stated Tran. “They don’t have to sit next by other and work in the computer. Here, we concentrate on the innovation.”
The computer lab, however, does not have computers. Tran shared that students can bring their own laptops, and have discussions among their group members to come up with a solution for any computer science related problems.
“You don’t see any computers, but actually it is constructed with the newest technology,” stated Tran. “We have the wireless connection there. We have everything for a group to work on their innovative ideas.”
In a press release from the university, Calvin Fabre, CEO of Envoc, expressed that the lab will help create opportunities for future developers.
“Many of our Envoceans at our Hammond office are Southeastern graduates, as am I, and we like to stay involved and create learning opportunities for future developers,” commented Fabre. “We personally help develop the computer science curriculum at Southeastern, and some of our Envoceans even facilitate project classes, offering students an opportunity to work side-by-side with thriving professionals on innovative projects. The innovation lab enhances that experience on campus.”
The facility will mainly be useful for students in project classes.
“We have a special class we call the capstone class,” explained Tran. “Capstone project is when students start working with real-world problems. The main point here is that we want to prepare students for their future career. This lab, it’s very well into what we are training our students.”
Collin Cashio, a senior computer science major, works as a mentor in the Envoc Innovation Lab, and he feels students have profited from the facility.
“It’s benefited not only me, but the other students that want to come in here and take a break, or study, work on computer science related things, or if they have issues with computer science 161, 280, 290 and 390,” said Cashio.
The innovation lab is different from the other computer lab in the building.
“It’s nicer,” shared Cashio. “We have a lot of white boards and a lot of room to think. It’s colored particularly well. I do like the design of this, and it also feels really relaxing coming in here.”
The computer lab is open to students from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The room can also be booked for use after 5 p.m.
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“Our department just split as before we were both the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Engineering,” said Tran. “The decision was approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents as it was mostly made by the demands of the students. We have about 500 majors and minors students. So, we wanted to have a separate department for the benefits of students.”
According to Tran, the department offers the biggest undergraduate program in the entire state of Louisiana.
“We have much more students majoring in computer science and information technology than any other university in the state,” stated Tran. “Also, we graduate more students as well. For example, about 67 computer science students graduate every year in comparison with about 50 students for LSU and 35 students for UNO.”
The department provides variability to meet its students’ interests.
“We have a bachelor’s of science in computer science and in information technology,” commented Tran. “Specifically, for the computer science degree, we have two tracks. We have a scientific and a pre-MBA concentration.”
Within the department, students can explore deeper into the world of computer science outside the classroom through organizations such as the Association of Computing Machinery.
Dr. Bonnie Achee, an instructor of computer science, is proud to be the faculty advisor for the award-nominated organization ACM-Women.
“ACM-W supports, celebrates and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women,” expressed Achee. “For their vision and hard work, ACM-W has also been nominated for the 2019 DSA Student Organization Award of Excellence.”
The department is constantly expanding due to the rising importance of the field of computer science.
“The job market for computer science is growing at two times the national average,” stated Tran. “Usually, a student has a job right after they graduate and can make in the range of 55 to 75 thousand dollars a year.”
Achee mentioned a unique program that the Department of Computer Science will implement beginning in 2019.
“The Lion’s Code coding camp for secondary students introduces students to computer science through an easy-to-learn program,” shared Achee. “This will allow them to create their own stories and games in 3D computer animation. Students will be introduced to the visual programming language, Alice, and use it to code 3D animations. The camp will run from July 15-26 at a cost of $50 per student.”
The main objective of the department is to prepare students for the real world.
“We put the students’ benefits on top of everything,” said Tran. “We try to reach out to the employers in the area so we can offer real world projects for our students in order to give our students a chance to become familiar with their future professional jobs.”
April 27, 2019
CONNECTING WITH TECHNOLOGY AT SOUTHEASTERN
The Computer Science Department guest speaker for faculty, staff and students ACM & ACM-W (Association of Computing Machinery) Event was Tuesday, February 26, at 5 p.m., in room the Computer Science and Technology Building, Room 2025.
Dr. Doris Carver, an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Distinguished Speaker, discussed her current research in software engineering, as well as opportunities for student research. Dr. Carver directs the Software Engineering Laboratory at LSU, where her current research interests include conformance testing distributes systems, requirement traceability, model-driven software development, and reverse engineering. Her research has received funding from NSF, NASA and private sources.
Carver received a Ph.D. in computer science from Texas A&M and is a Dow Chemical Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at LSU. She has sat on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Computing and Information since 1995, the Editorial Board of IEEE Computer since 2007 and the Board of Directors of Computing Research Association since 2001.
She has served previously as Chair of the IEEE Fellow Committee, Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Computer, President of the IEEE Computer Society, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development and Interim Den of the Graduate School at LSU, Associate Commissioner of Sponsored Research and Development, and NSF Program Director at the Board of Regents.
Carver has received innumerable awards, including the LSU Distinguished Teaching Award, Graduate Teaching Award and the Esprit DeFemme Award. A former Southeastern faculty member, she was Department Head of Computer Science and major professor to Dr. Achee, Dr. Alkadi, and Dr. Burris.
January 29, 2019
SOUTHEASTERN STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM HIGH TECH COMPUTER LAB
Pending University of Louisiana System Board approval, the new space will be named the Envoc Innovation Lab and is located in the newly constructed Computer Science and Technology Building on Southeastern’s campus.
After years of integrated teaching and mentorship in college classrooms, Envoc is investing in a more permanent involvement by funding development of the new lab, said Envoc CEO Calvin Fabre. Officially opened Jan. 29, the new lab will provide a work-like environment on campus that is an extension of Envoc’s company culture and mission to create a better reality.
“Many of our Envoceans at our Hammond office are Southeastern graduates, as am I, and we like to stay involved and create learning opportunities for future developers,” said Fabre. “We personally help develop the computer science curriculum at Southeastern, and some of our Envoceans even facilitate project classes, offering students an opportunity to work side-by-side with thriving professionals on innovative projects. The Innovation Lab enhances that experience on campus.”
Southeastern Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Undergraduate Coordinator of Computer Science and Industrial Technology John Burris worked closely with Envoc to organize the lab’s conception and opening.
“Students are highly motivated by the opportunity to experience a real-world work environment, so the vision for the Innovation Lab was to immerse students in the environment of a software agency and encourage professionalism and innovation,” said Burris.
Designed to mirror Envoc’s offices and provide students with a variety of stations to work alone or with a group, the new lab contains a lounge area, two rows of modern workstations, two futuristic privacy chairs, and a section where students can virtually sit in on Envoc’s developer meetings.
“The innovation center is the result of education and software institutions coming together to invest in young developers,” said Professor of Computer Science Ghassan Alkadi. “The lab will provide an environment for computer science majors to receive professional mentorship, work on client-based projects, and gain knowledge beyond what can be self-taught or learned in a textbook.”
For more information, contact the Department of Computer Science at 549-5740.
HIGH TECH COMPUTER LAB NOW OPEN - Southeastern students will soon benefit from a high-tech computer lab thanks to a generous donation from Envoc, a web and mobile software design, development and application-hosting firm based in Baton Rouge, with a second location in Hammond. Pending University of Louisiana System Board approval, the new space will be named the Envoc Innovation Lab and is located in the newly constructed Computer Science and Technology Building on Southeastern’s campus. Cutting the ribbon are, from left, Southeastern President John L. Crain and Envoc CEO Calvin Fabre.