The Official Computer Science Club at the University of Houston


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


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!
Pre-registation Sign Up
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.

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

Wed 2/12 CougarCS Meeting, 2/15 Code Retreat Event

We’ll be holding two events this week:

## CougarCS meeting

Where: PGH 563
When: Wed (tomorrow) 2014-02-12 530pm (17:30 – 18:00)
Description: Joel Loucks is going to be giving a talk about test driven development
(TDD) and talking about the upcoming Code Retreat event that we will be
holding this Saturday (2014-02-15).

If you don’t know about TDD, check out .

RSVP on Facebook!.

## Code Retreat

Where: PGH 563
When: Sat 2014-02-15 10am – 4pm (10:00 – 16:00)
Description: Software Developers honing their craft together.

We’ll be doing round-robin pair programming to solve Conway’s Game of
Life’s_Game_of_Life with different
people. Come learn from each other! Discussion, TDD, and food!

RSVP on Facebook!

Wed 1/29: Meeting tonight 530pm

CougarCS will be meeting tonight at 530pm in PGH 563 to introduce the topic of Regular Expressions. Join learning a bit about how they work, and more about what work they can do for you. Come in from the cold, and we look forward to seeing you!

CougarCS meeting
Wed 1/29/14 5:30 pm
PGH 563

Wed 1/15: CougarCS Meeting and Career Fair Prep

Prep Help for Career Fair

Handouts/Copies of Materials (pdf) from meeting:

CougarCS is the computer science organization at University of Houston and an official ACM student chapter. ACM, Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest education and scientific computing society. Every year we provide a career fair, events, and meetings to help develop computer science students for careers in the industry.
Come to our first meeting of the semester on Jan. 15th @ 5:30 pm in PGH 563. 
Our Career Fair will be on Jan. 21st in the new UC ballrooms from 10am to 2pm. Dress business formal is required.
You can stay up to date by visiting our Facebook page or our website at
Gabriel Ohlson
CougarCS President
Department of Computer Science
University of Houston | Houston, TX 77204

Spring Career Fair: Participating Companies List


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

10:00am – 2:00pm

University of Houston Main Campus:

University Center Ballroom

We look forward to see everyone and welcome the following companies that have RSVP’d to attend the Career Fair:

Pariveda Solutions
Pariveda Solutions is a national consulting firm focused on career development while operating within a local-office project delivery model. At Pariveda Solutions we Deliver at the Edge SM, helping our clients improve their bottom line through technology strategy and solutions. Our technology solutions include custom software & mobile application development, BI, portals & enterprise content management and cloud computing. Our focus is simple: build long-term relationships with clients where partnership is a centerpiece by incubating, developing and deploying world-class talent and service to our clients.

Schlumberger is the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to customers working in the oil and gas industry worldwide. Employing more than 120,000 people representing over 140 nationalities and working in approximately 85 countries, Schlumberger provides the industry’s widest range of products and services from exploration through production. This year, the company is recruiting more than 5,000 graduates in: Engineering, Science, Geoscience, Business and Finance, and HSE. Schlumberger Limited has principal offices in Paris, Houston and The Hague, and reported revenues of $42.15 billion in 2012.

Hewlett Packard
At HP, we believe in the power of ideas. From cutting edge personal digital equipment to the most powerful IT solutions, we use ideas to put technology to work for everyone. And we believe that ideas thrive best in a teamwork culture. That is why everyone at every level in every function is encouraged to have original ideas, to express them and to share them. We believe anything can be achieved if you really believe in it, and we will invest in your ideas to change lives and working practices. It is all to do with what sets us apart as a company. At HP we work across borders, and without limits. Global virtual teams share resources and pool their brainpower to solve business issues and meet personal goals. Each individual is valued for the unique skills, experiences and perspective they bring. That’s how we work at HP. And it’s how ideas – and people – grow.

J.P. Morgan
J.P. Morgan is a leader in financial services, working in collaboration across the globe to deliver the best solutions and advice to meet our clients’ needs, anywhere in the world. We operate in 100 countries and hold leadership positions across our businesses. We have an exceptional team of employees who work hard to do the right thing for our clients and the firm, every day. This is why we are one of the most respected financial institutions in the world — and why we can offer you an outstanding career. Business Area: J.P. Morgan is a technology shop in its own right. There’s not a single part of our business that isn’t empowered and enhanced by the creative thinking of our technologists who develop solutions that impact our businesses. As a firm, we continue to make substantial investments in our technology platform — strengthening the very base of the infrastructure and creating some of the most innovative financial technologies available today. Our Technology team develops new products, drives efficiencies, improves our risk management and enhances our customer experience. The overall mission of our technologists is to turn our applications, systems and infrastructure into a competitive advantage for the firm.

The Reynolds and Reynolds Company
Reynolds and Reynolds is one of the top providers of premium software, business forms and supplies, and professional services that support all areas of automotive retailing for car dealers and automakers world-wide. In business since 1866, the company has evolved from a business forms manufacturer into one of the world’s leading information management companies serving the automotive retailing industry. We have locations in Dayton, OH, Houston and College Station, TX as well as a sales and consulting force nationwide. Positions we hire for include sales, consulting, software development, technical support marketing and more! For a full list of our open positions, visit our website at We are not currently considering applicants that require sponsorship.

PROS (NYSE: PRO) is a big data software company that helps customers compete and win more effectively by using their data. We apply 27 years of data science experience to identify opportunities that will close, offers that will sell, and prices that will win. PROS provides big data solutions to optimize sales, pricing, quoting, rebates and revenue management. Companies who want to OUTPERFORM in their markets rely on PROS to help them turn their big data into a strategic advantage. PROS has implemented over 500 solutions across a range of industries in more than 50 countries. Founded in 1985, PROS is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Today, PROS has over 700 employees, more than 100 with advanced degrees and over 25 with Ph.D.s. To learn more about PROS, please visit

TATA Consultancy Services
Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting, and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. As a campus hire at TCS, you will have the opportunity to work for a global company at the forefront of a rapidly expanding field. TCS continues to grow faster than the industry average, ensuring that throughout your career, you’ll have constantly expanding opportunities for personal and professional growth. TCS offers an environment that allows you to explore and map out a dynamic career path tailored to your personal goals. You’ll also find a supportive community of colleagues working together to positively impact our company, our clients, and our careers.

Spectra Energy
Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE), a FORTUNE 500 company, is one of North America’s premier natural gas infrastructure companies serving three key links in the natural gas value chain: gathering and processing, transmission and storage, and distribution. For nearly a century, Spectra Energy and its predecessor companies have developed critically important pipelines and related infrastructure connecting natural gas supply sources to premium markets.

P97 Networks
P97 Networks is developing a suite of the next generation mobile payments, digital offer, customer loyalty and point of sale products that will transform the buying experience for millions of users. These solutions are powered by software that runs on a range of mobile platforms and cloud based infrastructure. Mobile platforms include iOS (iPhone), Android and Windows mobile devices as well as vehicle telematics units that use geo-location technology to “find gas” and use highly secure identification and authorization technologies to allow for purchase transaction initiation and completion via the mobile device connected to the PetroZone™ cloud, onsite endpoints and payment networks. PetroZone’s mobile wallet also increases the speed, safety and security of fueling transactions as well as making available all services of the gas station and convenience store for mobile commerce.

Intergraph Corporation
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data to make processes and infrastructure better, safer, and smarter. The company’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.

WhiteHat Security
WhiteHat ignited the web application security industry and continues to lead by transforming the way organizations master vulnerability management. Only WhiteHat Security offers a solution that combines an advanced, cloud security platform with the world’s largest force of web security experts.

MRE Consulting, Ltd.
MRE Consulting is a dynamic professional services firm that helps its clients by delivering flexible solutions using highly trained and experienced professionals to successfully blend technology and business strategy to consistently achieve results. Through our three lines of business – technology consulting and business consulting – we deliver innovative solutions that fully meet our clients’ business, technology and budgetary needs.

Automation Solutions, Inc
Automation Solutions (AutoSol) Inc. is a Houston-based company with a focus of remote data communications software and hardware products. Our cutting-edge products and designs have provided for 20 years of steady growth in the field of automation in the oil & gas, water/wastewater, manufacturing, and aviation industries. We are located in the Clear Lake area.

Softway Solutions & Aramco Services Company
Softway Solutions will be representing Aramco Services Company who is looking for a part-time intern. Softway Solutions is a strategic digital solutions provider that is consulting Aramco Services Company in their search for a software development position.

Gimmal is the world’s leading provider of solutions built on Microsoft SharePoint that extend and enhance its broad enterprise information management and governance capabilities and provide SAP content archiving and interoperability. With Gimmal’s ground-breaking and award-winning solutions you can easily transform SharePoint into a platform that consistently governs and manages all content, documents and records and maintains SharePoint as the single repository for all organizational information. Microsoft has recognized Gimmal as one of their top three global Enterprise Content Management Partners for 2012. Gimmal’s SAP-certified content archiving and application development software takes takes document and records productivity further through the enablement of composite business applications to deliver business efficiency in line with organizational and industry requirements. For more information, visit

CAPSHER Technology, Inc.
A software consulting company with a passion for excellence CAPSHER Technology has a 19 year history of delivering practical solutions for the scientific and engineering industries. We design and develop custom computer applications for professional use. Project teams create software that ranges from complete packages to interdependent modules to web applications. We uses a unique process to solve real world problems, build lasting relationships with clients, and create a positive experience during and after the project. Located in College Station. We are close to the University, but far away from your average student or graduate job. Best Place to Work in Texas. Texas Monthly magazine along with American Association of Business’s recognized CAPSHER with this title in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. This award reflects the organization’s work environment, employee commitment, and opportunity for individual advancement. Established. The company was founded in 1994 by Kay Capps, Texas A&M ’82, and Kevin Sherry. Early on they began employing Aggie students and recent graduates, an approach that still keeps CAPSHER connected to the university and provides a constant influx of talent and ideas. Graduates with programming experience are eligible for full time Developer 1 and Developer 2 positions. Complete job descriptions are available online at

Security and identity management software company

Technology Consulting