CPSC 481: Seminar
Course Homepage
Fall 2008

Class Meeting:
Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 9:35-10:50am, 124 HRBB

Course homepage: https://parasol.tamu.edu/~amato/Courses/481

Instructors:
Nancy Amato
office: 425H Harvey R. Bright Bldg
email: amato [at] cs.tamu.edu
url: https://parasol.tamu.edu /~amato
office phone: 1-979-862-2275

Lawrence Rauchwerger
office: 425E Harvey R. Bright Bldg
email: rwerger [at] cs.tamu.edu
url: https://parasol.tamu.edu/~rwerger
office phone: 1-979-845-8872


Special Announcements


Course Goals: The purpose of the course is to provide you with career planning resources and to expose you to a broad range of current topics in computer science and computer engineering that will be helpful to you in your careers.

Course Content and Schedule: This course consists of seminars which will be presented on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays during the semester. There will be a total of about 15 seminars during the semester. You are responsible for checking the seminar schedule on the course homepage and your email (announcements will be sent to the mailing list for the course) for up to date information. Be sure to check each monday and wednesday evening as sometimes seminars will be announced/cancelled at the last moment.

Generally, after the speaker(s) is finished, there will be a question and answer period where the audience can ask any questions they might have that were not answered during the seminar. This is often quite interesting and is considered part of the seminar. If the speaker is not finished, or if the question and answer period is ongoing, you are expected to stay until the end, or until 10:50am, whichever comes first. If you are in the seminar, you are expected to pay attention and refrain from activities such as doing other work, reading the newspaper, or sleeping. Behavior such as this gives speakers a bad impression of our program and students. Students noticed exhibiting such behavior will not receive credit for attending that seminar.

Mechanics and Grading: To receive credit for this course you must satisfy all of the following requirements:

Resources


Fall 2008 Course Schedule

Date Topic/Assignment Speakers What to turn in
Tue Aug 26 Information Session and Preliminary Course Survey Nancy Amato Complete and turn in student information form
Thu Aug 28 Overview of TAMU Career Center and Interesting Statistics regarding computer science & computer engineering majors David McMahon, Texas A&M Career Center Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue Sept 2 The Application Process for Graduate School Admission & Fellowships Nancy Amato Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Thu Sept 4 Building your Resume From the Ground Up and How to ``Work'' a Career Fair David McMahon, Texas A&M Career Center Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue Sept 9 Interviewing Skills I: On-campus & Phone Interviews (ppt)
Employer Feedback (doc)
David McMahon, Texas A&M Career Center Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Thu Sept 11 Panel: Different Career Paths in a Single Corporation Valero Panel: Stewart Ogier, Paul Mazeika Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Due: 5pm Mon Sept 15 RESUME ASSIGNMENT: prepare an up to date version of your resume suitable for use at the SEC Engineering Career Fair, September 16-17, 2008.

You are encouraged to have your resume reviewed at the Career Center or at the special "Resume Reviews for ENGR Majors" sessions organized for the Career Fair in the Zachry Lobby from 1:00pm-4:00pm on Sept 11 and 9:00am-12:00pm on Sept 12, 2008.

Here is an interesting article from Business Week on Tips for Humanizing your Resume.

  Turn in a hardcopy of your resume by the deadline in the instructors mailbox on the 3rd floor of Bright or slip it under her office door (425H HRBB).
Tue Sept 16 NO CLASS SO YOU CAN ATTEND CAREER FAIR

CAREER FAIR ASSIGNMENT: Attend the SEC Engineering Career Fair, Sept 16-17, 2008. (Class will not meet Tue Sept 16 to ensure you have time to attend the Career Fair.)
Report Due: beginning of class, Thu Sept 25

  Submit a report in hardcopy at the beginning of class on Thu Sept 25 describing your experiences at the Career Fair. What did you do to prepare in advance? What booths did you visit? What do you think you did right? What do you think you could do better? Your report should be a well structured essay describing your experiences. It should be a minimun of 1 page single-spaced (or 2 pages double-spaced) with 11 point font and 1 inch margins.
Thu Sept 18 Panel: Different Career Paths in a Single Corporation Microsoft Panel: Noah Coad, Shilpa Agarwal and Travis Gadberry Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue Sept 23 Salary & Benefits Analysis
Market Turmoil Frightens Off Young Investors (Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2008)
Considering benefits wise for graduates (Eagle, April 22, 2007)
Watch Out for Painful Pension Math (Eagle, Februrary 19, 2006)
Today's Do-It-Yourself Pension (AARP Bulletin, June 2006)
Dr. Wayne Terrell, Texas A&M Career Center Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Thu Sept 25 Interviewing Skills II: The Company Visit (ppt)
Company Visit - Fact or Fantasy (doc)
Employer Feedback (doc)
David McMahon and Paula Moses, Texas A&M Career Center Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue Sept 30 Salary Negotiation
Salary Negotiation Handout
Salary Survey (NACE, Fall 2008)
Dr. Wayne Terrell, Texas A&M Career Center Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Thu Oct 2 Panel: Career Paths in Different Types of Corporations Todd Anglin (Telerik), Jody Buchanan (Borland), Randy Harvey (Seismic Micro-Technology, Inc) Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue Oct 7 Panel: Career Opportunities with a Graduate Degree David Hagan (Lockheed Martin), Mark Passolt (Schlumberger), Jennifer Welch (CS, TAMU) Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Thu Oct 9 Panel: Career Paths in Different Types of Corporations John Januskey and Ross Wright (Frogslayer Software), Adam Kemp and Eric Singer (National Instruments) Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue Oct 14 Some Observations About Broader Societal Issues of Computing Research and Education Wm. A. Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering, vice chair of the National Research Council
Webcast from the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, July 2005
Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Thu Oct 16 Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research - What, When & How?
Opportunities for Undergraduates
Panel: Roger Pearce (CS, TAMU), Hilary Pike (Microsoft), Lydia Tapia (CS, TAMU)   Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue Oct 21 NO CLASS   Note: A Parasol Seminar will be held at this time in our classroom. This can be used for a culture assignment.  
Thu Oct 23 Panel: Career Paths in Different Types of Corporations Walt Clark (Sungard), Pam Crawford (ConocoPhillips), Mike Granberry (IBM) Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue Oct 28 Panel: Different Career Paths in a Single Corporation Schlumberger Panel: Anh Kuhn de Chizelle, Keith Burkart, Bill Robertson, Toni Smith Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)


Nancy Amato (amato [at] cs.tamu.edu)