WiCS Talk: The Massachusetts Open Cloud

Title: The Massachusetts Open Cloud
Speaker: Orran Krieger and Piyanai Saowarattitada
Location: MCS 148
Time: April 16th, 5-6pm
Sponsor: Women in Computer Science

Link to RSVP:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kGqrPq906RPhXaGh2hcx47yjnbZ-_nzp81zpCGycNgE/viewform

Abstract:
The Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) is a new public cloud project announced by Governor Patrick in April 2014. It is a collaboration between the state, local universities and industry. The MOC will stand apart from existing single-provider clouds by enabling multiple entities to provide (rather than just consume) computing resources and services on a level playing field. Companies researchers and innovators can expose hardware or software services through the MOC, make them available to a large community of users, and derive revenue from doing so. In doing so, the MOC will provide unprecedented visibility and control to users of the cloud, allowing multiple users to simultaneously develop services that meet their specific needs while being isolated from both a performance and security perspective. We will describe the project vision, current status and some of the key technologies the project is developing.

The project is led at BU with academic partners from Northeastern, MIT, Harvard and University of Massachusetts. Industry partners include Cisco, Red Hat, Juniper, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, Mellanox, Brocade, DataDirect Networks, Mathworks, and Cambridge Computer Services.

Bio:
Orran Krieger is the lead on the Massachusetts Open Cloud, Founding Director for the Cloud Computing Initiative (CCI) at BU, Resident Fellow of the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and a Professor of the practice at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Boston University. Before coming to BU, he spent five years at VMware starting and working on vCloud. Prior to that he was a researcher and manager at IBM T. J. Watson, leading the Advanced Operating System Research Department. Orran did his PhD and MASc in Electrical Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Piyanai Saowarattitada is the Technical Manager of the Massachusetts Open Cloud (MOC) project at the Hariri Institute at BU. Prior to joining the MOC in January 2015, Piyanai spent her system software engineering career in various Research and Development organizations at Hewlett Packard on many revenue generating Enterprise grade products including but not limited to HP Cloud Services, HP Integrity Virtual Machines, Cluster File System and various areas in HP proprietary Unix Operating systems. She received her Master Of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. She obtained her PMP certificate in 2014. In her spare time, she likes to explore Wearable Technology, Data Science, and Effects of Computers in Human Behaviors.

About BU Women in Computer Science:
BU Women in CS (WiCS) is an undergraduate organization dedicated to creating a supportive community for young computer scientists of all genders and encouraging interest in technology.
Learn more about us at: https://buwics.wordpress.com/

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EBOARD MEMBERS SPRING 2015

Delayed update but still …Congratulations on our new E-board members:

Jacqueline You
President
Email: jgyou@bu.edu

Yifei Han
Vice-President
Email: hanyifei@bu.edu

Tiffany Lo
Treasurer
Email: loyuichi@bu.edu

Monica Martin
Secretary
Email: monicamm@bu.edu

Resume Resources

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Here are some resume resources that we hope you will find helpful. Note that some of the websites linked below are not as tech-specific, but they may contain generally useful information. Comment below or email us at bu.womenincs@gmail.com if you’d like to share additional pages or tips.

  • If you don’t know where to start, look at some resume samples here, here, here, here, here, and here.
  • Not everyone will agree on the efficacy of BU’s Center for Career Development, but BU CCD is an available resource. They also have a resume guide that they flip through during consultations, which includes sample resumes, a list of action verbs, and other tips. It’s available here.
  • Here are some tips geared to college students.
  • Use buzzwords carefully – the blogger here makes a good argument that your skills should corroborate with your experience. He also points out that you shouldn’t list every single course you’ve taken.
  • Be specific – this means using numbers/specific quantities and also targeting your resume to the position.
  • Formatting matters. And try to keep interesting details at the top.
  • Here’s one and another one of many lists of college-endorsed action verbs out there.
  • Keep it to one page, and choose what you include wisely.
  • Some people like using LaTeX because it produces a sharp-looking resume. Templates are here, here, and here.
  • Review, review, review – avoid grammatical errors, unusual spacing, and other typos.

Cracking the Coding Interview Workshop

Interview season for jobs and internships is coming up, and many of you interviewing may think that you want to work on your interview skills, and prepare for the hard technical questions that you may be asked when interviewing at companies like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and many more.

In order to give you some practice and prepare you for these interviews, Professor Terzi will be running weekly workshops where we go over questions, strategies, and simulations. Our goal is to cover a subset of the chapters from the book: “Cracking the Coding Interview ” by Gayle Laakmann McDowell.

We will have people that have already interviewed to share some of their experiences and we will go over the most commonly asked interview topics.

Hope to see you there!

EBOARD MEMBER FALL 2014

Let’s have a big round of applause for our new E-board members for BU WiCS 2014 fall semester:

Sana Nagar
President
Email: snagar@bu.edu

Jacqueline You
Vice-President
Email: jgyou@bu.edu

Esther Wu
Secretary and Treasurer
Email: estherwu@bu.edu

Fiona/Yifei Han
Public Relations Officer
Email: hanyifei@bu.edu

Eboard Applications

We are coming to the end of the Spring 2014 semester. To all the seniors, congratulations on making it this far! To everyone else, please consider being a part of the BU WiCS 2014 – 2015 E-Board. You’ll get all kinds of amazing opportunities by being involved, like being interviewed for articles, getting to work closely with faculty within the department, and maybe even attending the Grace Hopper conference next year! The following positions will be open next year:

  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Public Relations Officer

To apply or if you have any questions, please send an email to wics@bu.edu with the following information:

  1. Why do you want to be a part of BU WiCS?
  2. Name something you would like accomplish for and with BU WiCS next year.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Please submit applications by this weekend on Sunday, May 4th.

Lecture: Bioinformatics with Mark Kon

An event to look forward to in April!

Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is the collection, classification, storage, and analysis of biochemical and biological information using computers, especially as applied to molecular genetics and genomics. Research in this field draws from many interesting fields such as biology, mathematics and computer science. Professor Kon will talk about interesting research in the field of bioinformatics, examples of current problems of interest and also about what computer scientists can expect to find interesting or rewarding in the field.

We hope to see you April 3!

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Website Updates

As we’re considering how to keep people informed and involved with WICS, you’ll notice some changes happening to the website. The hope is that the website becomes a portal for three distinct types of information:

  1. Events: This will include all event information for WICS sponsored events, including flyers, descriptions and RSVP links. A Google Calendar listing all planned events is in the works and will help people quickly navigate between event postings.
  2. Updates: Updates are for members of the WICS community to stay up to date on the happenings of the club. This post is an update, for example. Other updates will include changes in club membership or eboard, brain storming ideas, and event recaps about events we hosted or went to.
  3. Blog: This final category is a new one that I hope will foster discussion and involvement within the BU community. Here you might find interesting articles about women in STEM fields, links to resources about finding jobs or internships, or even our thoughts about the state of women in computing. Hopefully this will provide a valuable resource to stay current on the issues facing not just the club, but women in computer science in general.

This is just an overview of the structural changes to the website you’ll notice.More changes will certainly be to come in the future, both for the website and the club. Keep an eye on the updates page to learn more.

Thanks,
– Ashley & the WICS eboard