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Third meeting notes 2014-10-09

Pariveda Solutions came out and spoke about their company. Then Kevin Moormann of Pariveda gave a talk titled “The Power of Connected Data” that he previously presented at Houston Techfest. He demonstrated how to use Neo4j to make graph queries that would be difficult to do with a relational database. The meeting’s pizza was graciously provided by Pariveda Solutions! Thank you for both the talk and the food!

CougarCS also discussed:

  • the new code review problem about word chains for the month of October,
  • signing up for the Code Day Houston hackathon (use the coupon code UOFH for 25% off),
  • and an upcoming initiative from CougarCS called “Mo’ Code Movember” — a month of software engineering. More info on that soon.

Photos from the meeting:

Third meeting

Our third meeting on October 9th, 2014 at 5:30 PM in PGH 232.

Pariveda Solutions will be there to talk about graph databases and will be taking resumes.

Some info about internships is here. Some may want to note that “F1, J1 and H1B visas are not accepted at this time”.

Facebook event here.

Second meeting notes 2014-09-25


Photos from the meeting:

Upcoming events: resume workshop, second meeting, and career fair

Both the resume workshop and career fair are coming up! Make sure you are prepared to show your best side. Find out more information about both in our Career fair post. Even if you are a freshman, you can still benefit by going to the career fair. And if you’re looking for internships for the summer, this is the career fair you want to go to.

Come by our second meeting as well. We’ll have more career fair tips and a representative from Schlumberger. It will be Thursday September 25th, 2014 at 5:30 PM in PGH 232.

Facebook event for the meeting is here.

First meeting notes 2014-09-11

Here’s the meeting notes for the first meeting of the year (on Prezi)!


  • Dr. Rakesh Verma talked about opportunities for doing cybersecurity research at UH. UH recently got a grant for cybersecurity from the NSF and work in an area that will only become more and more important in our increasingly connected world. Visit Dr. Verma’s office on the 5th floor of PGH if you’re interested.
  • Dr. Hesam Panahi talked about Houston’s startup community and the resources available right here at UH. These include 3 Day Startup and RED Labs, UH’s startup accelerator. You can learn how to work at a startup while still in school!
  • Jorge Revuelta and Daniel Romero from IEEE UH invited all computer science students to participate in the 8th IEEExtreme programming competition. This is a worldwide 24-hour programming competition. Here’s the info from IEEE UH:
    1. You can form a team up to 3 people to do Xtreme, also a team consisting
      of one person is also acceptable.
    2. Registration has just opened today (9/9/2014) and you have by Oct. 4th, 7
      p.m. (pacific time) to register your team.
    3. You must be a national IEEE member in order to participate, which is $32
      for a year. However, we are planning to reimburse half of the cost back to
      those that participate in Xtreme and we will keep you updated regarding the
    4. I would like you to fill out a survey regarding the teams, so we may know
      ahead of time on how many snacks to bring for Xtreme, the survey link is here.
    5. Food will be provided throughout the entire event. We reserve two rooms
      in the engineering building where all the teams will be at. You also
      receive a free t-shirt.
    6. Registration and information for IEEEXtreme can be found by clicking here.

    Contact IEEE UH for any questions and don’t forget to RSVP with IEEE UH and register with IEEExtreme.

  • Jared Bienz from Microsoft and Muhammad Naviwala (CougarCS’s webmaster) gave a demo of how to use the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset with the Unity SDK for game development. Lots of people at the meeting had their first VR experience on Jared’s setup!

Check out some of the photos from the meeting:

CougarCS Newsletter – 09/11/2014

Download our first newsletter by clicking this link!
CougarCS Newsletter issue 1

First meeting and tailgate of Fall 2014

ATTENTION: The room for the meeting on September 11th has changed to PGH 232. Not the PGH 563 lab. Edited 2014-09-10.

Hello my friends in arms!

Welcome back to a new school year. We hope everyone has had a wonderful and epic summer.

First, CougarCS and the CS Alumni will have a booth at the tailgate this coming Friday (08/29) at our first football game in the new UH Stadium. Come enjoy FREE food and some socializing with the CS Alumni and your fellow students. Then top it off with one epic game!!! I say it’s the least we could do before you dwell back into the battlefield! Oh also did I mention the FREE food?? RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Second, First official Fall 2014 CougarCS meeting will be on September 11th, Thursday @ 5:30pm. We’ll go over all the new exciting things that’ll happen this year (like career fair, tailgate, etc.). We also have Dr. Hesam Panahi from Red Labs coming. He is in charge of the startup incubator (accelerator) over at the UH Red Labs. Here’s a link to their page: RED Labs.

So RSVP to the meeting and come enjoy some FREE food and socialize with your fellow comrades!

Jophy Johnson
CougarCS – Treasurer
University of Houston – Computer Science

CougarCS Career Fair for Fall 2014 – October 1st, 2014


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

10:00am – 2:00pm

University of Houston Main Campus:

Shamrock Ballroom at the UH Hilton

We look forward to see everyone!

Companies: For registration information, email us at


Facebook event here.
Professional Dress
If you are wearing a t-shirt, jeans, flip flops, sandals, shorts, you will not be allowed to enter the career fair.  This is to help you.  You are making a “first impression” with these recruiters.  MAKE IT COUNT!
List of companies

  • Chevron
  • ExxonMobil
  • CGI Federal
  • Egen Solutions, Inc
  • Sogeti USA
  • NetIQ
  • PROS
  • Schlumberger
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • PREDICTif Solutions
  • IBM
  • Reynolds & Reynolds
  • Data Foundry
  • Softway Solutions
  • SunGard Consulting Services
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Nabors Corporation
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Harris County Information Technology Center
  • mcaConnect
  • Anadarko Petroleum
  • Flow-Cal
  • Panton, Inc.
  • Spectra Energy
  • Pariveda Solutions
  • OpenLink
  • MRE Consulting
  • Intergraph
Pre-registation Sign Up
Edit (2014-09-24): Attention: if you pre-registered for the career fair, the list of companies should be out! Check your spam folder if you don’t see it.

We are trying something new this year, we want all who are planning to attend to pre-register.  You will receive a list of companies attending in the next week, name tag at check-in, and any information from the companies.  Preregistration will be available through Friday, September 26th. Preregistration is not necessary but appreciated.

Pre-registration –



Resume workshop and interview prep

Unsure about your resume? Wondering about what you might be asked at an interview? Please stop by and have your questions answered! Thanks to Reynolds and Reynolds, they will be giving advice for the interview and look over resumes!

It will be in PGH 232 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Tuesday September 23rd, 2014.

NOTE: For those of you that have class from 5:30 to 7:00 the representatives will still be there for some time! Please stop by!

Facebook event here.


Bowling event with CougarCS and Andarko 4/9

Come and let out all that built up stress from school at the UH Game room with CougarCS and Anadarko Petroleum.

When: Wed, 4/9/14 6-8pm
Where: UH Game Center @ the UC (basement level)

About Anadarko:

Committed to safely producing the energy we all need in a manner that protects the environment, public health and supports our communities. Energy is fundamental to modern existence. It is as important as clean air, water and affordable food. Anadarko takes this responsibility seriously to safely deliver resources to our energy-hungry world, and they hold true to their core values of integrity and trust, servant leadership, commercial focus, people and passion, and open communication in all of their business activities.

Anadarko is among the world’s largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies, with 2.79 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BBOE) of proved reserves at year-end 201

This will be an excellent opportunity to meet the members/officers and network with the company in a fun and relaxed environment before your next wave of exams! Free Food (Pizza) will be provided for, so I see no reason why any of y’all would not be here!

Anadarko is in fact looking for some CS students for Internship for the Summer of 2015.

Microsoft 2 Day Hackathon

We’re having a 2 Day hackathon with Microsoft, AITP UH, CS Girls, and ISACA! Details on when it is and how to prepare are below. RSVP here and join the Facebook event and Meetup event to keep up to date.

20140220_MicrosoftPoster_HackathonSpring PDF of poster

Prize Goes To The Best Idea!!!

So come prepared, bring your best idea, and execute it. You’ll have 28+ hours,
to build it! Earn points to towards prizes including t-shirts, gift cards, Xbox
games, phones, and devices for each successfully published app!

Don’t Know Where To Begin?

No frets! We will provide you with multiple templates to get you started! If
you don’t have a development machine, 10 units will be provided on a first
come, first served basis.

Install Mixer Event (If you wish to develop on your own device)

February 27th, 2014 from 5-8pm

PGH 563

Workshops & Hackathon

February 28th at 10am through March 1st 5:00 PM

Heyne Building H43

Get Your Development Environment Installed, Attend The Install Mixer!


Participation will require the following”

  • Windows 8 Pro 64bit – Get through Dreamspark Premium from Laura Miller in PGH527.
    (If your machine can only install 32-bit, please use that, although you will not be able to use the Windows Phone emulator. We can still build you app to a device or on another machine)
  • Visual Studio 2012 Pro or higher –
  • Visual Studio Update 3 –
  • Windows Phone SDK –

All of these are available through Dreamspark (with exception of Windows 8 Pro 64Bit) and instructions on installing them are contained in the above linked video. If you require Direct Links to where to get this software, see the Readme at the bottom of:

If you need Windows 8, please see Laura Miller in PGH527 so she can register you for a premium dreamspark account so you can get it free as a Computer Science student at UH. This is different than the regular dreamspark at Dreamspark and is the only known way to obtain a free copy of Windows 8.

Laura is a very busy person so please be sure to do this earlier rather than later.

Last but not least, everyone need to have a Windows 8 & Phone developer account as well as Azure; so be sure to register at the following, you can obtain free access to the Windows 8 and Windows Phone stores through Dreamspark:

  • Access code available @
  • Register for Windows 8 App Development Access @
  • Map your account as a student for free access @
  • Register for Windows Phone 8 App Development Access @
  • Register for Windows Azure free trial @ No code needed

It is important that you try to set these accounts up as soon as possible, the reason being that live support is not available on weekends so if there are any blockers, you may have to wait until Monday to contact support in the event that you receive a blocker.

We will go over all of this in more detail during the Hackathon, but the more prepared you come, the sooner you can jump into the fun!

Paul DeCarlo | Technology Evangelist
Central Region DPE | Microsoft Corporation