UNC Asheville Department of Computer Science

UNC Asheville Department of Computer Science The Computer Science major offers two concentrations: Computer Systems and Information Systems.

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05/20/2020

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UNC Asheville Department of Computer Science
05/20/2020

UNC Asheville Department of Computer Science

Dear Colleagues,It is with profound sadness and deep regard that we acknowledge the passing of our colleague and Profess...
05/20/2020

Dear Colleagues,

It is with profound sadness and deep regard that we acknowledge the passing of our colleague and Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Dr. Wayne Wilson Lang.

Dr. Lang received a Bachelors of Arts with Distinction in Physics from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1956 and his Ph.D. in Experimental Physics from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 1964. From 1962 through 1979, he served as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Full Professor, and Chairman of the Department of Physics with MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois. During his tenure with MacMurray he developed a professional interest and a passion for computing. Through a successful NSF proposal he brought a timesharing computer to MacMurray and established that institution's Computer Facility, serving as its Director from 1970-1979.

In 1979 Dr. Lang was hired as the director of our UNC Asheville Computer Center, the precursor of our ITS department. During his directorship, Dr. Lang discovered that his passions also included teaching. In 1982 he founded the UNC Asheville Department of Computer Science and became its first chair. The department offered a B.S. in computer science and by 1985 had about 100 majors and seven faculty members. Concerning this achievement he once wrote "Staffing this department in an impossibly difficult job market was certainly the greatest, but ultimately most satisfying challenge of my life."

A visionary and innovator, he taught parallel processing to students in computer science, chemistry, and physics prior to having the hardware available. As he stated In a 1988 article for Jet Propulsion Lab's newsletter, "I think we would do a disservice to students if we did not introduce them to some of the fundamentals of parallel processing as I believe the future is going in that direction." NASA and NSF supported his ambitious visions for the department he founded, through successful grants supporting the UNC Asheville computer science curriculum and a Faculty Fellowship appointment with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During his appointment with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Lang worked on the Galileo Jupiter spacecraft.

While it is impressive enough that Dr. Lang is the "Father" of our Computer Science Department, his work extended beyond his department. He served as a member of the Committee for Tenured Faculty. Wayne Lang also created a VLSI design course for undergraduates at UNC Asheville using state-of-art software developed at the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina. Wayne was an early proponent of the idea of creating chips by programming rather than laying out transistors. He was also a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Hewlett Packard Users Group, an NSF Review Panelist, and a member of the NSF Conduit Physics Group. In total, Dr. Lang dedicated twenty-two years of service to UNC Asheville retiring in 2001.

An archive version of Dr. Lang's website reveals a man who deeply loved his family and friends, who enjoyed travel, and who had a great sense of humor. The page contains pictures of travels to Kenya, Spain, and New Zealand, of friends (including the "handsome couple of the month"), and his beloved wife of 61 years, Dr. Phyllis Martin Lang, Associate Professor of Mass Communication and a past director of the UNC Asheville Honors Program. Colleagues also remember Wayne as a kind and compassionate person. "Wayne hired me in our UNC Asheville Computer Science Department almost 40 years ago," says Mary Lynn Manns, Chair and Professor of Management and Accounting. "The world has a big hole in it because Wayne was a big man with a huge heart. He loved people too -- I know he would be annoyed that he died during a pandemic because he surely would wish that we could hold a big party for him."

Dr. Dean Brock, Professor and former Chair of Computer Science shares "Wayne was a great teller of tales and had an inexhaustible collection of stories from both his worldwide travels and his boyhood in Nebraska. When asked how he became a Physics and Computer Science professor, he would often tell about the time he and his horse got stuck in mud and his father told him he just wasn’t cut out to be a farmer. Many students benefited from that encounter with Nebraska mud."

We recognize and celebrate the life of our colleague, Dr. Wayne Wilson Lang. We offer our deepest condolences and regard to his widow, our colleague Dr. Phyllis Martin Lang. Dr. Phyllis Lang is accepting emails and cards that do not require responses.

Nancy J. Cable, Chancellor
Garikai Campbell, Provost

05/11/2020

We wish our own Dr. J Dean Brock a happy retirement. We thank and honor him for his 30 years of dedication and commitment to our students, faculty, and staff. Please view this tribute by Prof. Susan Reiser.

05/09/2020
UNC Asheville

Congratulations to our UNC Asheville Graduates ... much love to our CSCI Graduates!!

Good morning, #UNCA2020. Today would have been your Commencement. But we aren't holding back in celebrating YOU. We have a special rendition of our alma mater for you to carry with you forever. UNC Asheville's Music Department dedicates a reimagined alma mater to the Class of 2020.

05/09/2020

Congratulations to our 2020Jack and Mary Louise Tackett Outstanding Computer Science Student Award recipients: Tiffany Dawn Shreves & Emma A Weisgerber !!

05/09/2020

Congratulations to our Seniors who are receiving Distinctions in Computer Science:

Caleb Stanton Spradlin
Emma A Weisgerber
Jonas Leigh Rudolf Buser
Josephine Erika Zenker
Kevin P Corina
Kimberly Ann Schubel
Peter Skidmore Thompson
Samuel S Hodges
Tiffany Dawn Shreves
Zachary S Boone

05/09/2020

Dear CSCI Students: Congratulations to you on the completion of your degree requirements. Our face-to-face celebration has been delayed but our pride in you continues to shine. Here is a list of our largest class of Spring 2020 CSCI candidates for graduation:

**Computer Systems Concentration**
Alexander Clark DeMoss
Carrie Elizabeth Bergstedt
Darius Jontre Anglin
Emma A Weisgerber
Jackson Kyle Marnock
John Remington Muse
Mason Alexander Logan
Ryan Patrick Fleming
Samuel S Hodges
Zachary S Boone
Zachary Tyler Fox

**Information Systems Concentration**
Austin Blake Howard
Benjamin Charles Fuller
Caleb Stanton Spradlin
Colin Rex Bruesch-Olsen
Dalton Marshall Rupert
Evan Timothy Lueck
Jonas Leigh Rudolf Buser
Josephine Erika Zenker
Kevin P Corina
Kimberly Ann Schubel
Luke Bernard Genna
Marcelo Sanchez
Max Winston Dower
Nicolas Marin
Patrick Michael Ransom
Peter Skidmore Thompson
Samuel Jacob Bostic
Tiffany Dawn Shreves
Tristan Nathaniel Morse
Xenia Cope Zantello

Dear CSCI Students,My colleagues and I hope that this communication finds you well and safe.  As we all together navigat...
03/18/2020
FAQ: Off-Campus Internet Access – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Dear CSCI Students,

My colleagues and I hope that this communication finds you well and safe. As we all together navigate this unprecedented situation, we stress to you that each of us first and foremost prioritize your safety and your well-being. We understand that we all as a community must prioritize the health and safety of ourselves and our families. We also understand that each of us as individuals are dealing with circumstances that vary from person to person.

While this pandemic has caused us to move online, we want you to know that we remain committed to helping each of you successfully complete this semester. As you have read from Provost Campbell's email of March 17, 2020, remote instruction will begin Monday March 23, 2020. Your instructors have been working diligently on the details specific to their classes. By 5:00pm today, each instructor will send to you an email outlining their continuity plans. In terms of needed resources, most classes will require a laptop/desktop and internet access. If you need to borrow a laptop, please contact the library. Note that things change rapidly so access to the library can change. In terms of internet-access please visit https://coronavirus.unca.edu/faq/faq-internet-access/ .

I encourage you to contact your instructor concerning your access to resources required.
All academic tasks and assignments in our continuity plans will not require physical access to the departmental labs and equipment. In compliance with national and state guidelines regarding health and safety, physical access to our labs and equipment will be unavailable until further notice. All building passes distributed by the CSCI department are no longer valid.

Advising will also begin on Monday March 23. Please expect an email from your adviser by Friday concerning adviser's availability and method of contact. We are considering a departmental advising session. More details on that by Friday.

Dear students, I realize that these changes challenge our academic objectives. As we process this new reality, it may help us to consider that these circumstances offer opportunities for us to serve our broader community by using creative thinking, problem solving, adaptability, and the technological tool development/improvement that our discipline promotes. In our upcoming virtual meetings, we will discuss how the concepts, processes, and ideas we have been learning can empower us and strengthen our resilience.

Be well and be safe,

--Dr. Mec

FAQ: Off-Campus Internet AccessWhat if I don’t have off-campus internet access?Connectivity resources in response to COVID – 19:A recent FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cut off service for lack of payment and open hot-spots will provide significant relief for stude...

Dear CSCI Students, By now you may have read the Chancellor's email to our campus community concerning  the COVID-19 pan...
03/12/2020
COVID-19 – Health & Counseling

Dear CSCI Students,

By now you may have read the Chancellor's email to our campus community concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. In case you missed the email, please find all updates for UNC Asheville via our Health and Counseling page: https://healthandcounseling.unca.edu/covid-19/ I encourage you to continuously check this page as it will have answers to your questions about our institutional response and protocols.

For this communication, I highlight these points:
Spring Break has been extended by a week.
Classes will resume on March 23, but will move from in-person to remote delivery through at least April 6.

The majority of our CSCI faculty have returned from their Spring Break and are working to determine how to transfer instruction from in-person to remote delivery. Please allow us until next Wednesday March 18 to determine how remote delivery will work for individual courses. We are also working on plans for advising.

In terms of our response to COVID-19, I share with you a variation of a statement that I made in one of my classes.

In my opinion we have two choices before us: 1) We can live in fear or 2) We can embrace our faith and compassion. If we choose to live in fear, we will destroy each other quicker than any disease could ever. But if we embrace our faith and compassion, we can have compassion for ourselves to allow accurate information to inform our actions… compassion to ourselves and our community to be aware of where we travel, compassion to ourselves and to our community to practice the hygiene we should have always practiced, compassion to ourselves to build up our immune systems, compassion to others enough to self-isolate should we become ill, and compassion to others to avoid stigmatizing those who become ill and those who have the courage to care for them.

Dear students, be safe and be well.

With highest regards,

--Dr. Mec

COVID-19UNC Asheville’s emergency response team routinely monitors situations that could affect campus. Physicians and staff are in regular contact with the UNC System, and local and state public health officials, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We remain vigi...

Congratulations to our Fall 2019 Graduates!!
12/15/2019

Congratulations to our Fall 2019 Graduates!!

Congratulations to our Fall 2019 Graduates!!

UNC Asheville Department of Computer Science's cover photo
12/15/2019

UNC Asheville Department of Computer Science's cover photo

Congratulations to our programming competition teams for their performance at the ICPC Mid-Atlantic Regional Programming...
12/04/2019

Congratulations to our programming competition teams for their performance at the ICPC Mid-Atlantic Regional Programming Contest at UNC Chapel Hill. Will Belote, Cole Peterson, and Brennen Shaughnessy finished third at Chapel Hill and 42nd out of 160 teams in the region. Adrian Bruno, Vincent Scala, Joshua and Schrold, finished 11th and 84th respectively.

11/07/2019

Congratulations to our programming competition teams for their performance at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Southeast region programming competition at Auburn University. There were 20 teams from colleges around the region competing. A UNCA team consisting of Will Belote, Adrian Bruno, and Cole Peterson finished in fourth place, solving seven of nine problems. A UNCA team consisting of William Lawrence, Vincent Scala, and Joshua Schrold finished in fifth place, solving four of the nine problems.

09/17/2019

CSCI Students, want to show of your programming chops? Here’s your chance. The following are the dates of the two competitions we will be sending students to and the date of the local qualifier.

Qualifier: Saturday, October 5, 2:00pm-7:00pm (KAR 037)
CSCC-SE Competition: Saturday, October 26 (Auburn University)
ICPC Competition: Saturday, November 9 (Chapel Hill)

The two competitions are all expenses paid trips. You must be available from the Friday afternoon for each of them, until Sunday afternoon for ICPC or Saturday evening for CSCC-SE. Pizza will be had at the local qualifier.

Please contact Dr. Sheaffer at [email protected] if you are interested in these competitions.

Pictures from Senior Breakfast and Commencement 2019 (May 10 & 11, 2019
05/17/2019

Pictures from Senior Breakfast and Commencement 2019 (May 10 & 11, 2019

Pictures from Senior Breakfast and Commencement 2019 (May 10 & 11, 2019

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 CSCI Graduates!! With 20 students this is our largest semester cohort to date!!  More...
05/12/2019

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 CSCI Graduates!! With 20 students this is our largest semester cohort to date!! More pictures to come soon!!

05/02/2019

The 2019 Jack and Mary Louise Tackett
Outstanding Computer Science Student Award
has been awarded to Sean Matthew and Jeremy Wood.
Congratulations to Sean and Jeremy!

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 Seniors who presented their projects during our UNC Asheville Undergraduate Research ...
04/24/2019

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 Seniors who presented their projects during our UNC Asheville Undergraduate Research Symposium Spring 2019 on April 23, 2019.

There is a networking opportunity this evening with Asheville's tech community at Highlands Brewing Company from 5:30-8:...
04/02/2019
WNC Techathon - Mountain Area

There is a networking opportunity this evening with Asheville's tech community at Highlands Brewing Company from 5:30-8:00, don't miss it!
http://www.mountainareaworks.org/2019/03/wnc-techathon/

WNC Techathon will be on Tuesday, April 2 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Highland Brewing Company. This event is a quick pitch event featuring our region’s leading tech employers and tech job seekers.

inside this year's hackathon sponsors and competition challenge
03/01/2019
inside this year's hackathon sponsors and competition challenge

inside this year's hackathon sponsors and competition challenge

Good morning, university partners! Quickly sharing updates on the companies that will be on the ground at hackathonCLT to make your students aware of potential exposure to future employers.   

The full group that attended the career fair!
02/07/2019

The full group that attended the career fair!

UNCA Computer Science students that attended the NC State Career Fair yesterday.
02/07/2019

UNCA Computer Science students that attended the NC State Career Fair yesterday.

From 5:30 - 6:45 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019, ATMS-CSCI student class of 2021 is sponsoring a pizza-tailgate party...
01/30/2019

From 5:30 - 6:45 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019, ATMS-CSCI student class of 2021 is sponsoring a pizza-tailgate party in Robinson Hall 238 (Meteorology Lab) just before the men's basketball game against Gardner-Webb. It's open to all ATMS and CSCI students at UNCA. You don't have to do anything, just come and eat pizza!

UNC Asheville Department of Computer Science's cover photo
12/15/2018

UNC Asheville Department of Computer Science's cover photo

12/15/2018

Congratulations to our Fall 2018 Graduates!!

Commencement Fall 2018
12/15/2018

Commencement Fall 2018

12/04/2018

For those planning to attend Anthroware's Beyond the Buzz: Blockchain event, please note that the location has moved to Asheville Social Hall at 81 Broadway St!

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Congratulations to our graduates!!!
hey friends-- I opened a UNCA alumni account so I could get that unlimited google docs space. for your learning pleasure, the following is a folder that contains some of the study guides and projects that I've done while at UNCA: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SxSELG5u_-pbz65kTaBB2L60jMWkESLj (If you're taking operating systems or software engineering, you will want this.) There are example projects in there but no code. It also includes a PDF copy of the linear algebra textbook. Please remember when using this for reference that plagiarism is like, super lame and a terrible way to develop writing skills. good luck with finals!