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Nathaniel Cherian

Cherian's Trackscout takes first place in Purdue's Moonshot Pitch Challenge

The Moonshot Pitch Challenge is about ideating bold, audacious solutions to address worldwide challenges. Purdue CS Honors undergrad won first prize in the Orbit category with Trackscout.

Kaiyuan Zhang

Internship experience – making autonomous vehicles safer and more secure

There’s much more to autonomous vehicle security than locking a car door. Kaiyuan Zhang, a 3rd-year computer science Ph.D. student joined NEC Labs America as an intern to help advance research around autonomous vehicle security.

The Unfinished Block P Statue at Purdue

Software engineering capstone projects demonstrate hands-on development experience

Diving in and developing a good idea takes confidence. Purdue Computer Science students possess that trait in abundance. CS 40700 is the capstone course which offers a hands-on development experience to seniors in the software engineering track of the computer science major.

Simran Kadadi, a junior majoring in computer science honors with a specialization in both the machine intelligence and algorithmic foundations track

Pursuing computational biology research, hoping to change the way we fight cancer

As a freshman, Simran Kadadi was looking for a research angle that was connected to biology, yet would complement her computer science background. She didn’t know it would eventually lead to work in a computational biology lab, an award for her work and ultimately a plan for the future.

Eli Coltin a triple major in economics honors, computer science, and data science at Purdue University

Coltin finds meaning in well-being research

Research on human well-being begins with a difficult question: How does one define well-being, and how can well-being be measured? Eli Coltin a triple major in economics honors, computer science, and data science at Purdue University, uses his research interest to exploring the applications of quantitative analysis on data involving quality of life and out-comes of human decisions.

Victoria Liu, a senior and computer science major in the software engineering track

Driven to overcome failure, leading and developing her next giant leap

Victoria Liu, a senior and computer science major in the software engineering track has enjoyed success during her time at Purdue University. She co-founded a new organization on campus and she forged a difficult time that taught her how to overcome failure.

Marie Oberlin

An inclusive environment leads to growth and opportunity

Marie Oberlin chose Purdue for its reputation in computer science and engineering, ultimately realizing she had more of an interest in software than hardwarve, she applied and was accepted as a computer science major. From her hometown in Honolulu, she decided to take a small step on the way to her next giant leap.

Maria Pacheco

Landing a summer internship for international grad students

Getting some real-world experience as a graduate student can be incredibly valuable to prepare you for life after grad school. Whether you are exploring the million dollar question of “Industry vs. Academia” or you want to get some additional experience, going for a summer internship can be a first step in that direction.

Jeremy Frank, Data Science Major

Purdue data science student ready for a full season of statistics from the ballpark

After a year that many would consider a nightmare, a full season of baseball is back. That means a dream opportunity for Data Science major, Jeremy Frank, who’s developed quite a following.

Miranda Chai and Aarushi Upadhyaya

Entrepreneurship, connection & empowerment

Undergrads, Miranda Chai and Aarushi Upadhyaya, are both engaged in the entrepreneurial culture of Purdue. With their background in computer science, they are co-leading The Womxn Program – an Anvil initiative that strives to build a community of women and non-binary individuals who are passionate about entrepreneurship and female empowerment.

Dr. Mahak Goindani

Mindset, focus and support

When asking newly minted Dr. Mahak Goindani what her favorite accomplishment at Purdue is, she’s quite gracious.

Sasha (Alexandra) Kipnis

Service and leadership

Sasha Kipnis, a senior majoring in computer science, won the merit-based scholarship Homecoming Pillars of Excellency in the Service and Leadership pillar. "Technology is an ever-growing field and it's important to me that everyone, regardless of their race, gender, or socioeconomic status, can be a part of it."

Noah Alderton, CS, DS, and PS triple major

An academic triple threat

“I knew I wanted to study computer science, so it was a pretty easy decision for me. Purdue’s program has a solid ranking, and having in-state tuition was an added bonus,” says Noah Alderton, a senior who is majoring in computer science, data science and political science. 

Habiba Farrukh

A new face liveness detection system prevents 2D spoofing attacks on smartphone face authentication systems using only the smartphone’s front camera.

Researchers from Purdue Computer Science recently developed a face liveness detection system for smartphones that protects facial authentication systems from various media spoofing attacks.

Servio Palacios, PhD in Computer Science

Tough challenges built his resilience, Servio Palacios earns his PhD in CS

One of the newest PhD graduates from Purdue CS, Servio Palacios feels immense pride for Copan Ruinas region of Honduras. Palacios reminds us, “The Mayans invented the zero independently around 4 AD.” He added, “It’s logical for me, since we invented half of the CS building blocks, to study Computer Science at Purdue University.”

Logan Kulinski and Jonathan Grider

Dev Pool at Purdue Computer Science - TAs Jonathan Grider and Logan Kulinski talk about their experiences

Development Pool is a centralized assignment and content creation and testing group utilized by Purdue Computer Science Faculty and Instructional Support Staff. The TAs in the Department of Computer Science work on a variety of courses with instructors to generate and test content that will eventually be used for classes like CS 18000.

Bader AlBassam

Bader AlBassam: "I’m surrounded by some of the brightest people in the field."

Bader AlBassam, winner of the Graduate Student Board's TA of the Year Award, 2020 is a PhD student whose research is in the area of software and systems security. "We strive to ensure that our impact is transparent."

Aman Wali, Anvi Mehta, Melissa Ruiz Ruiz, Unnati Pulla, Dianne Santos, Shotobhisha Ray, Shania Sinha, Harshita Bobba

AMCS inspires members to excel academically and grow professionally  

The Association of Multicultural Computer Scientists aim to create a special community to foster equity within the Department of Computer Science. By providing resources and guidance through the organization’s events and programs, the AMCS aims to increase retention, support, and pushes members to excel academically and grow professionally.   

Andrea Romero

Romero reflects on being away from campus – quoted in NYT

Andrea Romero, a computer science major was quoted in the NY Times article, “The End of College As We Knew It? “ “I look forward to my return to ‘Ithaca’,” Romero wrote, likening Purdue’s campus to Odysseus’s destination. “Until this day arrives, I have learned that it is valid to feel disappointed and fortunate at the same time.”

Andrew Chu

Volunteering for research leads to first paper

Andrew Chu is an undergraduate computer science student performing research with Professor Berkay Celik. "My advice to other undergrads – reach out to professors doing interesting work. Purdue's CS faculty are world-class leaders in their respective areas, and all who I’ve talked with are very open to discussing ideas with students."

Sasha Kipnis, Megan McDuffie

Two students from Purdue Computer Science tapped for Mortar Board

Congratulations to Sasha Kipnis, a senior majoring in computer science and Megan McDuffie, a senior majoring in physics and minoring in CS and math, on being tapped for the Mortar Board Class of 2021. 

Xinping (Kelvin) Zhang

Excelling in coursework leads to research opportunities

Xinping (Kelvin) Zhang is an undergraduate computer science student pursuing research with Professor Tiark Rompf. "Passion and investment in a class will not only earn you a good grade but also build a deep understanding of course material – or an awesome research experience!"

Lauren Lum, Arianna Smith, Cindy Ding, Neerali Shah

Any student in the Department of Computer Science can benefit from the Computer Science Undergraduate Student Board (USB). The USB offers services to help computer science and data science students so they may achieve their best in CS courses. An all female officer board was elected for the 2020-2021.

Drew Thoennes

Making an impact in food insecurity

Drew Thoennes, pursues a double major in computer science and mathematics. He makes an impact through his everyday actions in student organizations – one being the s the director of donations for the ACE Campus Food Pantry.

Kai Hoffman, Riley Turnbull, Megan Walsh, Aaron Lynn, Katarina Gregurich, Conley Utz

Friendships and Collaboration at Purdue Computer Science

At Purdue Computer Science, students can form lasting relationships with colleagues. A group of students that met in 2016 during the CS Bridge Program, came back together to deliver their senior software engineering year project in the Spring of 2020.

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