The College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) is a long-standing member of the national organization of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). While the UC ACM student chapter is inclusive of all colleges with computing majors, including Information Systems (Carl H. Lindner College of Business), Information Technology (College of Education Criminal Justice, and Human Services), and Electronic Media (College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning), it’s the CEAS colleges who are working tirelessly to revamp the campus organization. Students of the School of Electronic and Computing Systems (SECS) and the School of Computing Sciences and Informatics (CSI) are on a mission to bring new energy and focus to the ACM chapter. Leading the campaign are the ACM chapter president and vice president, Jonah Back and Priya Chawla, respectively.
ACM is one of the oldest and largest scientific and educational computing societies. As a national organization, ACM sponsors many computing events, such as the International Collegiate Programming Competition, and has sponsored other events like the famous chess match between Garry Kasparov and the IBM supercomputer "Deep Blue". ACM is organized into over 170 local chapters, 35 special interest groups, and over 500 collegiate chapters.
UC’s student chapter is the connection to the National Chapter of ACM and ultimately, the network to professional and academic growth for all computing majors. As an inclusive organization for all computing and technology majors, its mission is to bring together and create a community for computing students, while also showcasing all aspects of computing at UC. The chapter strives to bring quality events related to computing to the University and College. One such event that will be taking place later this year is Innov8 UC, a collaboration event with Student Government. The ACM chapter also serves to provide assistance in any way possible to members of these departments, both faculty and students.
Back says, “Over the last 6 months, the Executive Board has completely revamped the organization. Last year, ACM was all but defunct. This year, we've already held several events, such as a Linux Installfest and the ICPC, and are planning many more. We have also been in talks with Student Government to host a major event called Innov8 UC, which will encompass not only CSI and SECS, but the whole university. With Innov8 UC, we plan to have students voice their ideas for how to improve life at UC in any aspect, and give them a chance to actually implement their idea, should it be chosen at the event. We are expecting to have EDAptive Computing, GE, Google, HP Northrop Grumman, Viable Synergy and other leading computing companies help sponsor the event and serve as judges.”