Category Archives: Computer Science

IEEE/HKN End-of-the-Year Event

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 22 April 2018

This past weekend, IEEE and HKN (Eta Kappa Nu) held a social event for the entire School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This event welcomed all students and faculty to get together for a cookout.

In my five years, I was never aware of an event like this that took place for the whole department. It was a great experience to get to talk to professors outside of class and get to know them on a more personal level. Since all years of students were there, we also talked about the different classes people were taking. It was cool to see upperclassmen give advice on certain courses and talk to them about topics that they have already been through.

Attendance at the event was good with about ten faculty members and sixty students participating. The weather was great, and the burgers were even better! I hope they continue to hold this event in this future because it really brings the students and faculty closer together.

Why This Summer is My Most Important

Gyasi Calhoun

Gyasi Calhoun,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 16 April 2018

Over the past three years I have spent my Summers at Hyland Software working as a software developer on the healthcare team. Most would say that my most important Summer/Internship is the last Summer as an intern. However, I think the most important Summer is this up and coming one because I’ll officially be a full-time software developer. All that hard work has paid off and I finally can get a standing desk, larger monitors, a shiny metal nametag, and not to mention that full-time salary!

Since I’ve interned for so many years I’ve seen a lot of my fellow interns become full time employees as I remained an intern until May 5, 2018 finally comes!

This Summer is so important because things become more serious. There’s
no more knockout basketball twice a day every day of the week or the feeling of relief knowing my project won’t actually be launched for outside users to use.

What I’m about to experience is really similar to a college basketball player entering the NBA (obviously with a lot less on the line and a lot less pay). College was great, but how can you help our team’s production professionally? Can you write code that is efficient, maintainable at a large scale and usable to users globally? I definitely think I can and the company who hired me thinks I can as well, otherwise they wouldn’t have hired me.

Now it’s my time to showcase my skills and what positive impact I can bring to the table. This Summer is my time to make a great first impression as a full-time developer and although I’ve interned for a while it’s time to put that coat on a hanger and put on my grown-up pants.

Spring Break in Nashville

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 18 March 2018

This past week was our spring break and I got the privilege of visiting my sister in Nashville for a couple days! It is, by far, my favorite city and I would love to live there one day.

When I arrived, we visited Broadway street for the night. Broadway Street is filled with giant bars and plenty of great country music. My favorite thing is walking down the street and listening to loud, live bands every five feet because each and every bar has live country music every night. How can you not love that?

We did some more sight-seeing over the next few days by visiting Centennial Park where the Parthenon is located and visiting the Gaylord Opryland.

Parthenon

The Parthenon is an exact replica of the original Parthenon located in Greece. This thing is massive. We got some cool pictures there looking like ants next to this structure.

The Opryland is a resort and convention center, but mainly a tourist attraction. They have three indoor “rooms” with shops inside them. I say inside with quotes because each room has either a river or pond in it with beautiful scenery everywhere. We loved watching a dancing fountain in one of the areas. My trip was amazing and I can’t wait to visit again!

Hearty Software: Update

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 2 March 2018

In the beginning of last semester, I talked about my senior design project. For a recap, it is developing an Android and iOS application to calculate a user’s risk for Cardiovascular Disease in 15-20 years.

I am in a team with four other Computer Science majors but split up internally based on which platform we are developing. I am on the iOS team and work with two other people.

We have made a lot of progress since last semester, as one would hope. With the success we have had, there has also been a lot of struggles. I quickly learned how to communicate with our clients who did not know as much about technology and software as we did. That is probably the hardest barrier our team has had to get over.

Watching our two apps deploy onto actual devices is a pretty cool experience. Looking back to August, I had no idea what the programming language Swift was, and now it seems that I think more in Swift than English.

Our team finally has a validated Healthy Heart Score to give to the user and now we are currently working on a feature using slider bars to show how certain behaviors can positively or negatively affect their risk in the future. With only seven weeks left in the semester, I am excited to see a final version of our application!

Learning the Guitar

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 1 December 2017

My family lives in a pretty centralized area, except for my aunt and uncle who happen to live in Texas. I very rarely get to see them, so where an opportunity arrives, I have to be sure to take it. Just to my luck, they took a trip back to Ohio to see the family before the holidays! I was able to go home for the weekend and have a great gathering with them.

The coolest part about this whole trip is that I recently just started learning guitar and my uncle is a wizard on the six string. I can play the basic chords and such, but when my uncle pulled out my guitar and started playing all sorts of songs, it was hard to be anything else but amazed!

I took in every second of being able to learn subtle movements or finger placements to make chords easier, and also, he was telling me some of the best ways to learn. He was also sharing to me about the guitars he has. I was just amazed at how talented he was and that I never knew this information about him, even when all of the times we have seen each other.

I am looking forward to being able to see him next time and hopefully impress him with getting better at the guitar.

App Development

Jordan Osman

Jordan Osman,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 27 November 2017

A project I’m working on this semester is an application for impromptu pickup
sports games called PickUp. I really enjoy working on the application with people in my class and it’s a great hands-on experience.

Right now, we’re coding in java using the IDE Android Studio. It’s a lot of work, but it pays off to get practical experience before I enter the job market with my degree in the spring.

Honestly, the best part about working on something like an app for a school project is all the real-world experience that you get while working on it. There are a lot of little things in the working world that require a specific way of doing it and there are old standards in many industries that people adhere to. My app development course exposes me to all of these things so I’m less stressed about going into the industry after I graduate; something I’m sure many
students are stressed about as well.

Of course this can be a lot, so when I get overwhelmed, a quiet place I like to go to is the top of the hill near the arc that overlooks basically the whole campus. It has a place to sit and its always nice to see the nature that Athens as a whole has to offer. Sometime we can get caught up in our own agendas but its nice to find a quiet place and appreciate being alive and able to live.

CS Senior Design: Hearty Software

Mollie Whitacre

Mollie Whitacre,
Senior, Computer Science

Athens, OH 29 October 2017

Every student who goes graduates with an engineering degree from Ohio University will go through a class called senior design. It is designed around the idea of giving students real-life experience before they graduate. For computer science majors, we are given mainly software projects presented by external clients.

I am in a group with four other people and our team name is Hearty Software. We were given the option to choose between different projects that were presented to us and we thought that the project named Healthy Heart Score sounded the
most interesting.

The Healthy Heart Score is an assessment designed in Harvard that is used to calculate your risk for Cardiovascular disease. Our job is to take this web application and convert it to an Android and iOS application.

Since this class goes for the entire year, we are still in the beginning phases
of this project. I am enjoying how we get to collaborate on a project with outside clients and how real this project seems compared to week long assignments given in class.

Senior design’s class structure is built around how a software business would be in the real world, which I think is unique from any other class. Once the end of the school year comes, we hope to have a working iOS and Android application that our client is happy with!