News and Events

Departmental Annual Newsletter (PDF): 2013, 2012
 
May 2015
 
  • Dr. Sebastian van Delden, Grace Chenevert, and Dr. John Burris' (Computer Science) paper "Finger Tip Tracking for Manipulator Jogging using the Kinect." will appear in Proceedings of the 7th Annual IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications. Boston, MA. May 11-12, 2015

April 2015

March 2015
 
  • Tech-Connect  2015 (technology-focused Career Fair just for the CSIT department) is on Wednesday, March 25 in the first floor lobby areas of Fayard Hall. Employer booths from 930am-12pm. Come with polished resume and dressed to impress.  

February 2015
 
  • Ross&Wallace hosted a group of Occupational . Safety, Health and Environment (OSH&E) and Southeastern's student Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) students on February 20, 2015. The student toured the paper products facility in Hammond and learned about the industry. 

OSHE

 
  • Hammond .NET User Group will meet on February 18 at 6pm in the Fayard Hall. The talk is "How to live .Net in a MEAN world: An introduction to Mongo and the Node suite for the .Net guy" by Jonathan Nogueira (Baton Rouge General Hospital) who will be going through an introduction to Node and the paradigms it represents, and Edge.js, a set library that lets Node scripts access .Net libraries, and C# execute Node scripts and also be looking at Mongo and the C# driver for it. Jonathan Nogueira is an Intro level programmer at Baton Rouge General Hospital, and has been working with .Net and the ASP.Net stack since early 2012. He enjoys working on 3D rendering and small electronics projects. He also enjoys working in and contributing to the open source community and is overjoyed that .Net is joining the fold.
  • The ACM Student Club will meet on Wednesday, February 11th in Fayard room 205. Dr. John Burris will be giving a presentation on competitive coding as we are trying to make a formal group as a Southeastern coding team (for all levels of Comp. Sci. majors). Questions? Contact Matthew Puneky, matthew.puneky@selu.edu.

  • The ASSE Southeastern Student Section has its meeting for the Spring semester on Monday, February 9th in room 116 at the Livingston Center (9261 Florida Blvd. Walker, LA 70785) at 7:30 PM. Mr. Jake Valenti, CSP, Sr. EHS&S Professional at Axiall Corporation and OSH&E Spring 2009 Graduate, will be the guest speaker for the evening. Mr. Valenti will be discussing PSM (Process Safety Management). Pizzas and soft drinks will be provided.

ASSE

 

  • Southeastern's WIT Student Club has its first meeting of the semester in Fayard 122 at 5 PM on Thursday, February 5. The guest speaker is Dr. Ying Yang. Dr. Yang is a researcher as LSU Agriculture Center, where she is working on a biofuel project. Drinks and Snacks will be served. 

    WIT

 

  • Dr. Mohammad Saadeh, assistant professor of Engineering Technology, travels to Pontchartrain Elementary School in Mandeville, LA, to deliver an interactive electronics program to a class of 17 gifted students. 
 
Pontchartrain Elementary School
 
 Mohammad
 

January 2015
 
  • Dr. Mohammad Saadeh, assistant professor of Engineering Technology, publishes a paper "Synchonizing Bus Dispatching to Minimize Waiting Times at Transfer Nodes Using Genetic Algorithms," in the Journal of Traffic and Logistics Engineering, Volume 2, Number 4, Pages, 248-254.

 

  • The Intramural Coding Bee (programming competition) is held in Fayard Hall, room 122 on Friday 1/30. Cool prizes go to the winning teams. Kickoff Party is Thursday, 1/29 from 430-530pm in front of Fayard Hall; all students are welcome. There will be food, music, door prizes. Faculty Coach: Dr. John Burris. Rick Gremillion, President of Geocent (sponsor of Southeastern Programming team), addresses students at the Kick Off Party:

Geocent


From left to right: Dr. Jon Burris, the winning team (Jeffrey Balint, Matthew Puneky, and Taylor Nichols), and Rick Gremillion:

Coding Bee 2015  

  • The Regional Meeting of the American Welding Society is held on Southeastern's campus in Fayard Hall, room 101, on Thursday January 22nd, from 6pm-8pm. Faculty coordinator at Southeastern: Anthony Blakeney.  

AWS


December 2014
 
  • EVENT: AWS (American Welding Society) meetings every Thursday in room 218 of Anzalone Hall from 12:00-12:30.

 

  • Dr. Lu Yuan, associate professor of OSH&E, learns that his paper entitled Ergonomic Evaluation of Scaffold Building has been accepted into the6th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2015) and its affiliated conferences to be held at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, USA July 26-30, 2015. 

 

  • Christian Duet, an OSH&E student, won the 2014 American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) - New Orleans Chapter scholarship. Christian was recognized and presented with the award at the AADE - New Orleans Chapter Award Banquet on Dec.4, 2014.

November 2014
 
  • EVENT: AWS (American Welding Society) meetings every Thursday in room 218 of Anzalone Hall from 12:00-12:30.

 

  • The Greater Baton Rouge American Association of Safety Engineers (GBRASSE) establishes an Endowed Scholarship for OSHE majors at Southeastern. In addition the Endowed Scholarship, GBRASSE will also provide one-time scholarships annually, starting with four $1,000  scholarships for the Spring/Fall 2015 semesters. Brett Pericone, President of GBRASSE, signs Endowed Scholarship with Lynn Horgan, University Foundation:

GBRASSE 

 

  • The New Orleans Chapter of the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) funds a grant that awards $25,000 to the OSHE program to purchase new safety-related equipment. 

AADE

 

  • Dr. Rana Mitra, Associate Professor of Engineering Technology, publishes two curriculum maps with McGraw Hill on their Access Science program, http://www.accessscience.com/, on Material Science and Mechanical Engineering.

 

  • Dr. Ho-Hoon Lee, Associate Professor of Engineering Technology, chairs a technical session and presents a paper entitled "Modeling and Trajectory Control of a Forklift-Like Wheeled Robot" at IMECE 2014 (ASME Winter Annual Meeting) in Montreal, Canada. 

 

  • The ASSE Student Section volunteered at the East Baton Rouge Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day event on Saturday Nov.22nd from 9 AM to 1 PM at the East Side of Memorial Stadium Parking Lot in Baton Rouge.

ASSE

 

  • The American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) Student Chapter at Southeastern Louisiana University went on an interactive trip/tour of Seatrepid in Robert, Louisiana on Friday, November 21. Seatrepid (http://www.seatrepid.com/) provides underwater and terrestrial robotic solutions and services that in many cases support the oil and gas industry. Many thanks to Bob Christ (Seatrpid President), and David Selby for making this tour possible. About 30 Southeastern students attended who were split out into small groups which visit five different interactive stations/demonstrations. 

Seatrepid

 

  • Congratulations to all CSIT faculty who won Technology Enhancement Grants: 
    • "Anzalone 217 Electricity Lab Upgrade and Enhancement" submitted by Robert Deeb. 
    • "Upgrading the ADMET Expert Universal Testing Machine" submitted by Junkun Ma.
    • "Utilizing a Virtual Reality Environment to Enhance Students' Visualization Abilities" submitted by Michael Beauvais. 
    • "CNC Cutting Table" submitted by James Stutts.
    • "MakerBot 3D printer for Rapid Prototyping" submitted by Roy Bonnette.
    • "Advanced pipe cutting system" submitted by Anthony Blakeney. 
    • "Engaging ET Students in Research Activities" submitted by Mohammad Saadeh.
    • "Concrete Strength Testing Equipment and Accessories" submitted by Mohamad Zeidan.
    • "3-D scanning for advanced manufacturing" submitted by Cris Koutsougeras.
    • "Purchase of a HP Plotter for IT ET and ISAT" submitted byEdward Rode.
    • "Wheeled and Fixed Wing Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles with Multimodal Sensors for Engineering Technology and Research" submitted by Steele Russell and Lisa Kuhn.

 

  • Dr. Mohamed Zeidan, Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology, learns that his paper titled "Alkali-Silica Reaction Mitigation using Nano-Silica and Fly Ash" has been accepted in NICOM5 conference (Fifth International Symposium on Nanotechnology in Construction) to be held in Chicago in May 2015.

 

  • EVENT: Women in Technology will be having a meeting on Thursday, November 20, at 5:30 in Fayard 122. Ryan Bailey and Madeline Kirby from Onesource Professional Search will be speaking on resume building for STEM. They will also speak on preparing for an interview and other helpful topics for job preparation.

 

  • EVENT: Please come by on November 12th in Fayard 205 @ 6PM to meet Blue Cross Blue shield of Louisiana at our final ACM meeting of the semester!Topic: How to increase SQL Server Backup and Report performance. This session will explain the SQL server backup and restore process, including how to manage and optimize their performance. It is very important to understand the backup and restore options. Speaker: Robert Canzonire, Advisory Database Administrator, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Robert Canzonire is an Advisory Database Administrator for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana. He is the chair leader of the Virtual Chapter of Data Architecture for PASS. He holds several certifications including MCSE, MCSA and MCITP. He started with SQL Server in 1995.

 

  • EVENT: The ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) Southeastern Student Section invites you to its November meeting on Wednesday, November 12th in the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center Room 111 at 7:30 PM. Mr. Matthew Buvens, CSP, Director of Environmental, Health and Safety, Regions 1 & 5 of the Brock Group, will be talking about fall protection. Raising Cane's will be served during the meeting. Should you have any questions about the ASSE Student Section, please do not hesitate to contact Keaton Northington, the ASSE Student Section President 2014-2015, at Keaton.Northington@selu.edu and Dr. Lu Yuan, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment (OSH&E) and Faculty Advisor of the ASSE Student Section, at Lu.Yuan@selu.edu or 985-549-3838.

 

  • EVENT: RoboticsTraining Program for Mandeville/Covington Girl Scouts troop (27 girls in total) was held on Saturday, November 8 from 1230-230pm in Fayard Hall, room 122. Representatives from IBM and Southeastern's Women in Technology (WIT) Student Section will be present. After the training, all participants in this event will be granted free admission into the Southeastern football game at 3pm. 

Girl Scouts Robotics Training

 

  • Guest Speaker George Fairbanks of Fairbanks Inspection and Testing LLC presents to industrial technology students in Anthony Blakeney's class. 

George Fairbanks


October 2014
 
  • EVENT: AWS (American Welding Society) meetings every Thursday in room 218 of Anzalone Hall from 12:00-12:30.

  • The Southeastern Student Chapter of AWS (American Welding Society) received a donation from John and Donna Bruskotter of $1000 to sponsor the yearly national conference trip. Mrs. Bruskotter makes this private donation every year specifically to our student group to assist in their making to the conference. It is because of our industry sponsors that our section has been so successful over the last fifteen years. The support of our department by our industry sponsors is a testament to the quality of education that they are receiving within the Industrial Technology Department.

  

  • EVENT: The 2014 Annual Advisory Board meeting was held on Friday October 31st in the new Student Union ballroom from 9am-1pm. The event was sponsored by CGB and brought together about 80 industry professionals in the region, faculty, and students to discuss curricular and other issues. 

Fall 2014 Adv Brd Meeting

 

  • EVENT: SLUGO (the all night gaming tournament) will be Friday, October 24 starting at 6pm in Fayard Hall, room 107/109. The event is sponsored this year by York Risk Services

 

  • EVENT: WIT (Women in Technology) meeting will be Thursday, October 23 at 5:30 in Fayard 121. Our speaker is Kim Fossey from Louisiana STEM Works.

WIT Fall 2014

 

  • EVENT: AWS will be hosting a Jambalaya fundraiser and a car bash on Thursday, October 23. The car bash will be between Fayard and the Union and the Jambalaya fundraiser will be between the Union and the library. The dinners are $5.00 and the car smash is a $1.00 a hit or $5.00 unlimited hits.

 

  • EVENT: OSH&E Past, Present, and Future Roundtable Discussion was held on October 22nd, 2014 in the new Student Union.

OSHE Fall 2014 

  • EVENT: Associates for LocalMed talk to a large group of Computer Science students on Thursday, 10/16/2014 in Fayard Hall, room 107 as part of the Senior Design Projects night. 

LocalMed

 

  • EVENT:  On Wednesday, October 15 from 830am-920am in Fayard Hall room 215, representatives from Chevron will present on their experiences as petroleum engineers and also talk about the scholarships that are available through the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE). We started a Student Section of AADE here on campus last semester. Membership is free and if you are interested in learning more about our Student Club and the opportunities it opens up to you, please attend the presentation. You can also send questions to our Student Chapter President, Christian Duet, Christian.Duet@selu.edu.

 

  • EVENT: ACM presentation from Keith English and associates at LocalMed: October 16, 2014 at 5pm in FAY 107. 

 

  • EVENT:  On October 8th, the Computer Science ACM Club is having guest speaker Sylvia Charchut speak about the Stennis Space Center. The meeting is in room 205 in Fayard at 6 PM.

 

  • SECOND PLACE! Four teams of Computer Science students under the leadership of Dr. John Burris competed in the ACM South Central Regional Programming Competition on October 4, 2014. The top team (Team Sudo) took 2nd place at the LSU site and 29th in the entire region. The programming teams are sponsored by Geocent. Congratulations Lions!!!
    Southeastern Programming Teams
 

 

  • EVENT: On October 2, the American Welding Society (AWS) Student Chapter has a Blacksmith guest speaker to deliver a technical presentation.

 


September 2014
 
  • EVENT: AWS (American Welding Society) meetings every Thursday in room 218 of Anzalone Hall from 12:00-12:30.

 

  • EVENT: On September 30 around lunch time, the American Welding Society (AWS) Student Chapter hosts a Jumbalaya event in between the New Student Union and Library to raise travel money for the FABTECH conference which is being held in Atlanta, GA. Plates sold for $5. 
 
Performance
Performance Contractors commits to annual, financial support of the Industrial Technology program, in particular the metallurgy of welding coursework. This partnership was established by Anthony Blakeney, instructor of Industrial Technology.

 

  • Dr. Mohamed Zeidan, assistant professor of engineering technology, learns that his grant proposal entitled "Investigating the Effect of Nano-Silica on Recycled Aggregate Concrete" is funded by Louisiana Board of Regents' Pilot Funding for New Research program. 

  • EVENT: The first ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) meeting to be held on Wednesday September 10th at 6:00 PM in FAY 205.
 
  • EVENT: The first ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) Student Section meeting for the semester. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 9th in Fayard room 218 at 7:30 PM. The President of the Greater Baton Rouge ASSE chapter, Mr. Brett Perricone, will be the guest speaker for the evening. Mr. Brett will be discussing Workers' Compensation besides sharing the benefits of getting involved with ASSE/GBRASSE.

ASSE 2014


August 2014
 
Geocent Geocent announces that it will sponsor the Computer Science Programming Team annually. The generous sponsorship will support a year-round programming team initiative lead by Dr. John Burris which will include a regional high-school competition. 

 
July 2014
  • RoboFIT Robotics and Computing Camp was held July 21-25. A collaborative effort between the Departments of Computer Science and Industrial Technology and Kinesiology, the 2014 RoboFIT Camp featured robotics/computing related activities in the morning and health/fitness activities in the afternoon. Forty five middle/high school students participated. Camp instructors included: Sebastian van Delden, Kuo-Pao Yang, Erin Karch, Anthony Blakeney, Steele Russell, Alex Russell, Thomas Kennedy, Myriah Dursao, Matthew Gill, Ray DeJean, and Mohammad Saadeh. Special Thanks to the Dow Chemical Company for sponsoring this camp. Also, many thanks to Laitram/Intralox for hosting us on Friday and providing a tour; to the Louisiana State Police department for demonstrating their Bomb Squad Robot; and to the Southeastern Office of Technology for impeccable technical support and internal grant opportunities. See a short video of the camp activities and demonstrations here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fzZukXc_ac

 

RoboFIT 2014


 June 2014
  • Drs. Ephraim Massawe (OSHE) and John Burris (Computer Science) learn that their proposal has been selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), making Southeastern an academic partner for the 2014 Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge, a project designed to find innovative ways to increase public awareness of industrial releases of toxic chemicals in communities and around the country.The TRI University Challenge is open to anyone affiliated with an accredited college or university. The selected projects for 2014 were proposed by faculty and students from Drew University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Tennessee State University, the University of California Los Angeles, and the University of South Carolina.


  • HB 2 (Capital Outlay), as passed by the Legislature, includes additional high-priority funding for a new Computer Science and Technology building for our department which now stands a favorable chance to move forward in the near future.

New Building

  • Drs. Mohammad Saadeh and Junkun Ma (Engineering Technology) are awarded a EPSCoR OPT-IN research grant in collaboration with Intralox. As part of this project, Drs. Ma and Saadeh will be working with Engineering Technology students to automate part of the assembly process of conveyor belt technology. 

 

  • Laitram renews partnership with the Engineering Technology and Industrial Technology program. The Laitram/Southeastern partnership encompasses: internships, full-time hires, industrial advisory board participation, financial support of senior design projects, collaborative research grant proposals (OPT-IN through EPSCOR), tours of the facility, donation of some equipment, and summer camp tours/support for younger kids.

  • R. W. Brown and Associates donates a Topcon Total Station (surveying equipment that includes wireless data collection and other possible options) to the Industrial Technology program. 

 May 2014
  • EVENT: Southeastern faculty and students participate in the Scrum Alliance Conference in New Orleans. 

 Scrum 2014

 

  • EVENT: The inaugural Thomas F. Higginbotham Most Improved Computer Science Student award is presented to Ryan Alford. The award was presented by Charles Tate, Director of IT at Lallie Kemp Medical Center with Mrs. Kathleen Higginbotham and approximately 70 students and guests present. Dr. Louise Bostic led the effort to establish the award in honor of Dr. Higginbotham, a long time computer science professor at Southeastern who passed away in 2014. 

Higgy

 


 April 2014

 

  • EVENT: Southeastern's Women in Technology (WIT) organization met April 8, 2014 to discuss end of semester activities and to lay the ground work for a big start to the upcoming Fall semester. WIT Officer Grace Chenevert led the discussion, ending with a contest for door prizes.

Grace Chenevert Speaks WIT Meeting in April 2014

WIT is geared toward promoting technology education and career options to encourage participation of women in computer science, math, and other STEM fields, but is open to all Southeastern students having an interest in technology. For information about being part of SELU-WIT, contact officers Grace Chenevert or Lacey Williams or faculty sponsors Dr. Beaubouef and Dr. Kuhn.

  • EVENT: ASSE/AADE Club Joint Meeting. Wednesday April 9 at 730pm in Livingston Parish Technology Center. Talk: TBD. All students, especially Engineering Technology, Industrial Technology, and OSHE students, are welcome the attend. 

  • EVENT: ACM Club Meeting. Wednesday, April 9 at 6pm in Fayard Hall, Room 205. Talk: "Technology: Yesterday, Today and Beyond" by LA Blue Cross Blue Shield representative. All students, especially Computer Science and Information Technology, are welcome to attend. 

 


 March 2014

 

  • Congratulations!! OSHE Alumnus, Jake Valenti,earns his CSP. Jake is currently in a Safety position at PotashCorp in Geismar. 

 

  • EVENT:ACM Club Meeting. Wednesday, March 12 at 6pm in Fayard Hall, Room 205. Speaker: Lukewarm Media. All students, especially Computer Science and Information Technology, are welcome to attend.

     

  • EVENT:ASSE/AADE joint meeting. Tuesday March 11, 2014. Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM. Location: The new Student Union. Speaker: Mr. Bruce Wilkinson, CSP. Topic: HSE Now and Future 


 February 2014

 

  • WINNERS! Southeastern team Void Avenger (Sunil Shahi, Santosh Aryal, and Saket Khatiwada) wins the 2014 Deloitte Programming Competition. Twenty teams participated from schools like: LSU, USM, MS State, Tulane, USA, UAB, and USM-GC. Faculty Coach: Dr. John Burris, Assistant Professor of Computer Science. The Void Avengers:

 Void Avenger

 
Finished:  University:  Team Name: 
1 Southeastern Void Avenger
2 LSU ATM
3 USM-GC USM-GC2
4 USA USA-BLUE
5 Southeastern Team Sudo
6 UAB UAB CodeBlazers
7 USA USA//NickName
8 Southeastern Southeastern Gold
9 Southeastern Southeastern Green
10 USM-GC USM-GC
11 MS State Team 2
12 USM SMTT
13 MS State Team 1
14 USA USA-RED
15 LSU Gold
16 USM Syntactical Bugs
17 Southeastern TEAM SLU
18 Tulane Programs with Wolves
19 USM 0xD3ADC0D3
20 USA USA-WHITE
 
 

 Congratulations to all students on our Southeastern Teams: 

    • Void Avenger (Finished #1)

      • Sunil Shahi, Santosh Aryal, and Saket Khatiwada

    • Team Sudo (Finished #5)

      • Joshua Escamilla, Ujjwol Lamichhane, Krunal Khatri

    • Southeastern Gold (Finished #8)

      • Pratyush Pradhanang, Prashant Ghimire, Dinesh Devkota

    • Southeastern Green (Finished #(9)

      • Jeffrey Balint, Matthew Puneky, Thomas Kennedy

    • TEAM SLU (Finished #17)

      • Robin Joshi, Sunita Magar, Rabin Pun

 

Southeastern Teams

 

 

  • Southeastern establishes a Student Section of the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) in Spring 2014. http://www.aade.org.  

 

AADE

 

 January 2014

 

Grace Chenevert, Computer Science Major, learns that her presentation entitled "Finger Tip Tracking using the Microsoft Kinect" has been accepted to the UL System Academic Summit. Lafayette, LA. Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sebastian van Delden. April 11-12, 2014.


Anthony Blakeney is presented with the District Director Certificate Award in the District 9, Baton Rouge Section.


Dr. Lu Yuan, OSHE faculty member, earns his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) credential.

Dr. Sebastian van Delden and Dr. Kuo-Pao Yang learn that their paper entitled "Robotics Summer Camps as a Recruiting Tool: A Case Study" will be published in the Journal of Computing Science in Colleges. Papers presented at the CCSC – Mid South Conference in Memphis, TN, April 4-5, 2014, 6 pages.