Public invited to Cameron University’s Computing and Technology Expo

The Cameron University Department of Computing and Technology will host a Computing and Technology Expo from March 30-April 1 with a series of presentations and student competitions.  All presentations are open to the public at no charge.

On Wednesday, March 30, Cameron alumni Earl Gardner and Michele Hess will present “A Day in the Life of a Database Administrator” at 10:30 a.m. in the CETES Conference Center. Hess is an Application/Database Specialist at Great Plains Technology Center, and Gardner is a Database Administrator at FSNB.

CU alumnus Greg Steen will present “From Breach to Response,” on Thursday, March 31 at 10:30 a.m. in the CETES Conference Center. Steen is the Vice President of Information Technology at Fort Sill Federal Credit Union. After earning a B.S. in Information Technology from Cameron, he received a Masters of Computer Science from the University of Tulsa.

On Friday, April 1, Mark Kleine, IT Manager at McCoy Tree Surgery and an instructor at Moore Norman Technology Center, will focus on how programming has changed in recent years, starting at 10:30 a.m. in the CETES Conference Center. Kleine will address trends in programming including smaller, lighter and maneuverable pieces such as raspberry pi, phone, band and even HoloLens apps.

Cameron students will demonstrate their knowledge during several computer and technology related competitions throughout the week. The Ethical Inquiry competition provides an opportunity for up to eight students to engage in a significant discussion about ethical dilemmas in the fields of information technology, computer science and multimedia.

The Database competition contains two parts. Students will first design a database given certain business requirements; then, they will demonstrate their ability to use Structured Query Language to provide business answers to various questions

For the Poster competition, students will create an original 13” by 19” digital poster finished in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator. Students will choose their own theme.  All artifacts must be created after March 6 and submitted April 1. 

In the Microsoft Office Solutions competition, teams will use Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access to create an end-to-end data management and presentation solution. Successful teams will demonstrate creative thinking to solve business problems and an in-depth knowledge of the MS Office suite.

The Programming contest will test problem-solving and programming skills. Students will be given the opportunity to work as members of a team and experience the challenges of solving several problems in a team environment under time constraints.

Individual students will utilize their knowledge and problem-solving skills related to PC hardware, software and network issues in the PC Troubleshooting competition. The competition will have a qualifying round followed by hands-on PC troubleshooting.

The Hacking contest will test participants’ knowledge of White, Grey, and Black Box Penetration Testing and the ability to document the findings in a format similar to a Security Assessment Report, while working through problems that could be experienced if the proper care is not taken to protect the assets of a corporation.

Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on Friday at 4 p.m. in Room 107 of Howell Hall.

The Computing and Technology Expo is made possible by the Ajesh Bhargava Endowed Lectureship in Computing Sciences.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Computing and Technology at 580-581-2335.


March 25, 2016