Welcome picnic for CSEE grad students, 1:30-3:30 Mon 8/30

August 29th, 2010

The UMBC ACM Student Chapter and CSEE Department are hosting a Welcome/Welcome Back picnic for all new and returning CSEE graduate students, faculty and staff this coming Monday, 30 August. It will be held from 2:00pm to 4:00pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm in the atrium of the Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) building. Food and drinks will be provided.

To get to the ECS building atrium, walk from ITE to the ECS building from the second floor of ITE and you will enter the atrium. Please come out on the day before classes and enjoy some food while catching up.

Everyone is also encouraged to also attend Convocation 2010, the formal opening of the academic year at UMBC, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Retriever Activities Center. President Hrabowski will address the gathering and Wendy Salkind, Presidential Teaching Professor for 2010-13, will make brief remarks.

After Convocation, all faculty, staff and students are invited to yet another free Community Picnic on the UMBC Quad from 4:30 to 7:00pm. The rain location will be the Residence Life Dining Hall.


Ralph Semmel, CSEE alumnus, named director of JHU APL

June 10th, 2010

UMBC Computer Science alumnus Ralph Semmel (PhD. 1991) was just named as the next director of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. APL has a staff of 4,600 and an annual funding level of about $980 million. Dr. Semmel’s dissertation, A knowledge-based approach to automatic query formulation, developed novel techniques to disambiguate conceptual queries against a relational database. His dissertation research was supervised by his mentor, Computer Science Professor James Mayfield. We congratulate Ralph and wish him well in his new position.