“And We’re Back!”

IMG_4252Welcome back, Captains! Hope you had a fantastic summer break! Hope also that the first week of school treated you well!

Here in the PCSE department, we lost no time in getting started! Pizza My Mind started up again this past Thursday with some new faculty, new events, and new opportunities to get involved on campus. Oh, you missed it? Don’t worry! Here’s what happened!

First, we met Dr. Jonathan Backens, our new engineering professor for the brand-new Electrical Engineering program starting this semester, as well as a new Physics professor by the name of Dr. Peter Monaghan. If you’re in either of their classes, let us know how it goes!


Don’t forget that Pizza My Mind counts for extra credit for any PCSE class! All you have to do is sign in when you arrive.

Mike Henle from the Career Center gave us a brief preview of some upcoming events to mark on your calendars. September 16th is networking workshop geared specifically towards introverts. Anyone who finds career fairs daunting (I certainly do!) should consider attending the workshop.

Speaking of career fairs, the next one is on October 1st. Dust off your nice slacks (or pencil skirt) and padfolio and come talk with employers about job and internship opportunities.


Representatives from some of the science clubs and societies stood up to introduce themselves, including:

  • Sigma Pi Sigma – The Physics Honor Society (available to all Physics majors)
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon – The Computer Science Fraternity (available to Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Information Systems majors)
  • ACM – a club dedicated to the software side of computer engineering (which, incidentally, is hosting a Career Panel on September 12th, don’t miss that!)
  • IEEE – focused more on engineering
  • SPS – a gathering for Physics-minded people
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems Competition Team – which speaks for itself


Dr. Riedl also mentioned that if you have any ideas for new clubs on campus, don’t be shy! Bring ‘em on down!

Some more upcoming dates are:

  • 24th September: Women of PCSE Luncheon – for more information about that, see Dr. Lambert
  • 26th September: PCSE Department Open House – bring your families to see what the department is all about!

Beef up your college experience with a study abroad trip to Glasgow (all majors) or Rosenheim, Germany (CE & EE). Or consider faculty/student research. Several of our professors offer projects at places like NSF REU, the National Institute of Aerospace, Jefferson Lab, and NASA.

There are also several service opportunities (yes, you heard right, PLP students!) working at STEM day, robotics, tutoring, and teaching programming. Ask Dr. Lambert for more information!

Well, that’s all for now, folks! Have a great semester and keep checking the blog for more news!

One comment

  1. David Hamblin says:

    Thanks for the info, Eileen.