Thursday, May 8, 2014

Congratulations to our Student Award Winners!

Congratulations to our 2014 Outstanding Math & Computer Science Seniors, Morgan Mirtes and Megan Raber.

These were among the more than 100 awards and accomplishments recognized at the 2014 Mathematics and Computer Science Department Academic Awards and Activity Recognition Reception.  The annual event took place at the John C. Myers Convocation Center on the evening of April 8, 2014.  About 70 students, friends, family members and university staff and faculty attended the event. 

Morgan Mirtes is an honors student from Norwalk, Ohio, double majoring in computer science and mathematics, with a minor in Music.  Her recent honors defense dealt with Android application development.  In addition to her challenging coursework, Mirtes completed internships with local businesses, was a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon and Upsilon Pi Epsilon honoraries.  

Raber will graduate with a double major in Integrated Mathematics and Mathematics, and a minor in Computer Science.  She is from Creston, Ohio and was active within the department in many organizations including Math Club and Pi Mu Epsilon officer team and the Problem Solving Group. 

Competition was fierce for this year’s coveted Outstanding Senior Award. Many of our graduating seniors have been very active in the department and 7 of them had math and computer science GPAs of 3.5 or higher.  Dr. Gordon Swain expressed a mixture of pride and loss at seeing this senior class graduate.  

Other Outstanding Student Awards were presented to underclassmen.  Paul Pernici was named Outstanding Junior.  Outstanding Sophomores were Alexander Lillich and Charles Michel.  In addition to these awards, Freshmen Ryan Bastian and Linda Morales shared the Carpenter Award for Outstanding Calculus Student and The Wendling Award for Outstanding Discrete Mathematics Student went to freshman Alyssa Predota.

The department also recognized all majors and minors with a 3.5 Math and Computer Science GPA of 3.5 or higher, graduating seniors, department scholarship recipients and donors, senior honorary members, student activity officers, student presentations, and contest participants. 

For more photos and a complete list of award winners, please visit the Math & Computer Science student page.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Two Computer Science Students to be Featured in Coburn Art Gallery Senior Exhibition II

Computer Science students Marissa Uhrig and D. Kees Edwards will be part of the Senior Art Exhibition II in the Coburn Art Gallery, April 24 – May 10.  Both students will be graduating this spring with dual majors in Computer Science and  Computer Art and Graphics Programming. 

The Senior Art Exhibition is the capstone experience for graduating art majors. It serves as a final graduation requirement and an opportunity for seniors to present their creativity and craftsmanship in a professional manner.  Uhrig and Edwards are among the 6 students who will present their artwork in the exhibition.  Other students will be showcasing their creations in ceramics, commercial art and digital art. 

Uhrig will present the digital art she creates by manipulating photographic images of the sky.  Her digital print "Monsters" was selected for the Dean's Award at the 2013 Juried Student Art Show in the Coburn Art Gallery. 

Edwards will be showcasing three game applications he created, as well as prints of some of the graphic images used in the games. 

Edwards and Uhrig are both officers in the student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery and the Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honorary for Computer Science students.  They also were both participants in this years' College of Arts and Sciences' Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium (pictured above and below).  Above Edwards discusses how he used game theory, art principles and psychology to develop his own game apps.  He presented with fellow Computer Science senior Kenny Bogner.  Below, Marissa Uhrig discusses her art with College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean, Mike Hupfer. 

The opening reception will be Thursday, April 24 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.  Regular gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm, Saturday - Sunday, noon - 4pm.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Retirement Reception for Dr. Thomas Dence, May 2

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will host a retirement reception for Dr. Thomas Dence, professor of mathematics. Colleagues and students are welcome to come and wish him well. The reception will be in Patterson Room 211 on Friday, May 2 from 11-2.  

During his 30 years at Ashland University, Dence has taught a variety of mathematics and computer science courses.  He was awarded the Ashland University "Mentor Award" in 2001 and 2009 and was the inaugural recipient of the university's Excellence in Scholarship Award in 2011.  In 2003, the Mathematical Association of America presented Dence with the Ohio Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. In addition, Dence has published more than 60 articles in refereed journals and has authored or co-authored five textbooks on mathematics. His final semester of teaching was Fall 2013. 

Read more about Tom's storied career in the Fall 2013 Department of Mathematics and Computer Science newsletter. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dr. Chris Swanson Receives Mathematics Teaching Award

During the spring meeting of the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America, Dr. Christopher Swanson was awarded the 2014 Ohio Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. The ceremony took place at the University of Toledo on Friday, April 5.

Swanson has been with Ashland University since 1999. In addition to teaching mathematics, he is also the director of the university Honors Program.   In 2006, the MAA also honored Dr. Swanson with a Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member. 

Read more at the AU News Center 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Robotics & Machine Learning Class available for Fall Semester 2014

Looking for a unique Core Natural Sciences course?

The Mathematics and Computer Science Department will be offering CS 245 "Robotics and Machine Learning" this fall.  It will meet on MWF from 10:00 -10:50 a.m. in Kettering Science Center. 

There are no prerequisites and the course assumes no computer science background. Classroom instruction will include lecture and discussion as well as hands-on lab work with programming and building.

Topics covered include:

* history of robotics and machine learning

* philosophical perspectives and impact of artificial intelligence systems on society

* robot construction techniques

* robot navigation and manipulation techniques

* machine learning algorithms and their applications

* software robots

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Department Academic Awards and Activity Recognition Reception will be April 8, 2014

The Department of Mathematics & Computer Science will have their 2014 Academic Awards and Activity Recognition Reception on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Faculty Room of the John C. Myers Convocation Center.

This annual event will recognize students who have displayed excellent academic and/or leadership skills.  Recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Student Awards will be announced.  We will also recognize all department majors or minors with a math and computer science GPA of 3.5 of higher.  Others to be honored include graduating seniors, student organization officers, contest participants, scholarship recipients, and more.

Honorees and their families should be receiving personal invitations to attend this reception soon.  RSVP is requested by April 1 to or 419-289-5790.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Two Students Inducted into Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computer Science Honorary

Seniors Morgan Mirtes and Chris Yocum were recently inducted into the Ashland University chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon honor society. Mirtes is a senior from Norwalk, Ohio double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. Yocum is a senior from Ashland majoring in computer science. The induction ceremony was conducted on March 13, 2014, by current UPE members Marissa Uhrig, Kenny Bogner, and Kees Edwards.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon (UPE), is an international honor society for the computing and information disciplines, first organized at Texas A&M University in 1967. Today, this international organization consists of chapters at colleges and universities throughout North America and overseas. The mission of UPE is to recognize academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the computing and information disciplines.

Ashland University’s UPE Chapter was formed in January 2002. Sophomore, junior and senior computer science majors who meet the eligibility requirements are invited to join this prestigious honorary. Eligibility is based on progress in computer science coursework, grades earned from computer science courses, and a student’s cumulative grade point average. The chapter’s faculty advisor is Dr. Paul Cao.

Pictured (left to right) are Morgan Mirtes, Kees Edwards, Marissa Uhrig, Kenny Bogner, and Chris Yocum.