Several Lewis University students presented research they did with Dr. Amanda Harsy at the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, California, January 10 through 13. Quinn Stratton, Keller Dellinger, Simon Merheb, and Audrey Pearson modeled DNA self-assembly using graph theory. Carley Maupin, Marissa Koronkiewicz, Hannah Schultz, and Austin Buente used linear algebra to do predictive modeling of sports ranking systems. Christy Carlson and Lauren Klamerus studied the impacts of Mastery-Based Testing on mathematics teaching and learning. All of these students worked under the guidance of Dr. Harsy, who also presented her work on predictive analytics in sports and on the effectiveness of sharing pedagogy through Math Teachers Circles. You can read more about their research and experience here. Congratulations to the students and Dr. Harsy for achieving excellence in undergraduate mathematics research.
December 2017 graduate Robert Dudasik, who is double-majoring in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, won the Departmental Awards in both degrees for Fall 2017. He received his awards at the College of Arts and Sciences Senior Awards Ceremony on December 5, 2017. Dr. Gina Martinez, Assistant Professor and Director of the Computer Engineering program, presented Robert these two well-deserved accolades.
Robert has had an energetic and influential presence in the departmental since he came here four years ago. He has always carried himself professionally, and he treats everyone he meets with respect. Despite his great achievements as a student, he is humble, always willing to listen, and readily welcomes advice in his quest to learn. He has left a lasting impact on the Department by creating and leading our new IEEE Student Chapter with Dr. Martinez.
Several other students will graduate with honors this Fall: Nilly Albeitoni, Franscisco Cano, Marc Cerda, Alison Cross, Robert Fosen, Mylene Haus, Stephanie Henderson, Ray Alan Palangan, and Francisco Rodriguez. These students have done great things during their time with us, and we look forward to witnessing their accomplishments as their careers unfold.
Congratulations to Robert and to all our Fall 2017 graduates. Thank you for studying Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Math at Lewis University.
8 CaMS majors attended the ACCA Math Talks on November 15th. During this meeting, all 8 students were inducted into the Mathematical Honor Society Pi Mu Epsilon at this meeting. Dr. Mimi Boutin, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University gave two exciting talks. One was about how you can use numerical methods to derive nutrition information using numerical methods and the other was how to use invariant representations for object recognition and symmetry detection of signs in other languages. The students honored and inducted in the PME were Rachel Aubart, Gail Bragg, Christy Carlson, Marissa Henkel, Brandon Joutras, Lauren Klamerus, Adrian Siwy, and Quinn Stratton.
The Lewis IEEE Student Chapter hosted a Make-a-Thon on October 21st and 22nd. During the 24-hour event, students worked in teams and designed, built, and programmed an electronic device that performed a particular function. One team built a Morse Code Translator. Another team built a mock lunar lander. Another team built a video game and controller. Several Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics students presented, Lewis alumnus Brian Wilhelm gave a guest presentation on how to design and build custom electric guitars. Lewis alumnus Matt Kwiatkowski presented a talk on how to design and build model light sabers. Lewis Physics professor Dr. Phil Chumbley gave a talk on using Arduino circuits to build electronic gadgets. A representative from the Fox Valley IEEE Chapter visited the event and served as a guest judge. Ethan Blatti and Keller Dellinger won first place with their game "Lunar Lander". Mariana Hernandez, Jesse Hoffmeyer, and Jackson Hansen won second place with their "Morse Code Decoder" project. Third place went to Dave Gagnon, who made an LED light show. Congratulations to the IEEE Student Chapter for sponsoring an outstanding event.
Robert Dudasik, a senior double-majoring in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, won one of two $3,500 scholarships offered by ISACA-Chicago. ISACA is an international professional organization focused on the security of information systems. Robert, who is founding President of Lewis' IEEE Chapter and has been involved in a number of other activities in the Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department at Lewis, was awarded one of the Chicago Chapter's most prestigious awards based on his academic achievement, involvement in activities, and potential for future impact on the field of cyber security. Robert, who has worked as an intern at Argonne National Laboratory for a number of semesters, has taken full advantage of his time at Lewis, majoring in two of the University's most challenging and most cutting-edge programs. Congratulations to Robert Dudasik for this outstanding achievement.
The Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences is proud of the graduating class of 2017. A record number of undergraduate math and computer science majors graduated on May 21, 2017. In all, 63 math and compsci majors graduate on Sunday (with about 20 graduate students in the Master of Science in Information Security, Master of Science in Data Science, and Master of Science in Computer Science graduating the day before). This was the largest graduating class in CaMS's history. By comparison, the number of undergraduate students who graduated this weekend is greater than the entire number of students in the department 7 years ago. We will miss these wonderful people who have helped make CaMS such a great place to learn and work. Congratulations, graduates, and good luck!
Welcome to the home page of Lewis University Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences(CaMS). These are exciting times to be a Math or Computer Science major, particularly at Lewis. Every day, new technologies are being developed that were created by computer scientists like our students. Some of these technologies may fundamentally change how we work, play, and communicate. And all of these technologies function based on the laws of math. Few other majors can boast the opportunity to transform the world the way Computer Science can, and few other majors enable you to understand those transformative forces the way Mathematics can. At Lewis, we are looking for ways to bring that potential to fruition, preparing students to be tomorrow's computer innovators and problem solvers.