Member of the Month for April: Jack Kolb

Jack is being recognized for his involvement in the chapter!

Member of the Month for April: Jack Kolb

Jack Kolb The Member of the Month for November goes to Jack Kolb! Even though Jack isn't a computing related major, he's been incredibly involved with the ACM chapter!

Who are you?

My name is Jack Kolb and I am a second year Mechanical Engineer at UCR. My interests are in general artificial intelligence, wireless networks, and robotics. I love programming, am not a CS major, so I try to learn as much as possible through ACM, hackathons, projects, and sitting in on CS courses.

What got you interested in computer science?

I used to make games on my TI-83 calculator during my 2-hour High School commute. At the end of High School I finally explored Python, and was inspired by my first-year roommate to learn C++.

What's the best advice you have received?

Write down your goals and tape them to your bedroom door -- keeping them in mind will guide you to achieving them.

What's next?

Get an A on my Fluid Mechanics midterm! Beyond that I'll be starting a company; been playing with a few ideas.

See you next Fall!

Check out the awesome things our members are doing this summer.

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Aaroh Mankad

Aaroh will be a dragon slayer this summer at the castle of Facebook fighting the data trolls.

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John will be interning at AT&T working on their internal machine learning tooling.

Daniel Stinson-Diess

Daniel will be interning at Southern California Edison this summer working on their cyber security team.

Cameron Morin

Cameron will be interning at Southern California Edison this summer working on their cyber security team.

Harley Seizar

Harley will be working on the internal tooling team at Sears Holding.

Patrick Tumbucon

Patrick will be interning at Esri this summer. He will be working on the SEO team and collaborate with the web developers.

Member of the Month - November 2017: Marvin Cao

Marvin has been a tremendous ACM mentor, read to learn more about him!

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Member of the Month for November: Marvin Cao

Marvin Cao The Member of the Month for November goes to Marvin Cao! Marvin has been involved with ACM over the years and has taken a predominate role in ACM's Office Hours which provides peer-to-peer academic help for all students.

Who are you?

I am a junior Computer Science major at UCR. I am interested in artificial intelligence, graphics and parallel computing. I am a Vietnamese Eagle Scout. I like to spend my time either sleeping or watching random videos on the internet (a turtle eating a tomato). I love food in terms of cooking and eating.

What got you interested in computer science?

I got interested in computer science when I took a course in high school and it was one of the few classes where we made our own unique projects.

What made you want to be an ACM mentor?

I wanted to be an ACM mentor since I did not have one and I feel a mentor can be a good resource for their mentee.

What's the best advice you have received?

“You tend to be more productive when working with others.” because I don’t want to let others down, as opposed to personal work.

What's next?

Short term: I am looking for an internship for this upcoming summer. Long term: I am still unsure of what industry or jobs I want to pursue.

Member of the Month - October 2017: Jerry Jiang

Jerry is being recognized for his participating in UCR's ICPC team

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Starting now, ACM will be moving away from the Summer Member Spotlights to Member of the Month. This program is meant to recognize the achievements of our peers to inform and inspire others.

Our inaugural post goes to Jerry Jiang.


Who are you?

ACM ICPC My name is Jerry Jiang, I’m a 3rd year CS major and I’m an incoming Software Development Intern at Amazon Japan next summer. I’m the vice president and one of the founders of cyber@UCR (come to our meetings!). As you might have guessed from my internship choice, my limited free time is usually spent on anime, visual novels, and games.

What got you interested in ICPC?

ICPC Bootcamp I always enjoyed competing in things (previously was on our WRCCDC team) and I love programming. I felt like ICPC would be a really great combination of two things I really enjoyed, so here I am.

How was your trip to Barcelona?

It was fun but also surprisingly exhausting. Barcelona is a great city and my experience with the culture and the locals was great. I did not, however, get a carefree 2 week vacation - I spent every day except for one break day on 12-14 hour long bootcamp sessions. The day composed typically of taking the metro to the bootcamp, a full 5 hour competition, lunch, analysis, lectures and keynotes.

The bootcamp practice competitions were extremely brutal, as I would often find myself in the same pool of contestants as some former ICPC world final medalists. You definitely know which days were brutal when you’re 4 hours into the practice competition, 1/3rd of the competitors have not solved a single problem and those very top teams have barely solved half of the questions.

Lectures ranged from string processing algorithms by the founder of Codeforces (HackerRank but competitively ranked and VERY hard) to competitive programming specific data structures by coaches of multiple gold medal teams. It was a very unique educational experience that I wouldn’t have come across normally and provided me with valuable insight.

If anyone has been following the news, I also happened to be at Barcelona when Catalonia was voting to secede from Spain, so that was interesting. I did not expect to be in the middle of a possible political revolution, but I was too exhausted to care about the outside events most of the days. It didn’t seem quite real that hundreds were being injured in the square outside of my hostel room. It also didn’t seem quite real that humans were capable of solving some of those problems in a 5 hour span, so that was more immediately shocking.

What advice would you give to someone interested in ICPC?

Begin practicing now - a lot of teams practice for this competition year-round, as it really is the ultimate CS test. Anything in your classes (sets, maps, A* search, balanced binary trees, MSTs, nim games, recurrence relations, probability, turing machines, computational geometry, dynamic programming, traveling salesman, fermat's, lagrange multipliers and more) is fair game, and if you can do well in this competition you can probably do well anywhere. There are plenty of resources out there and a lot of opportunities to get practice, so please reach out to me and I can help get you started.

I would also like to say the most important thing in competitive programming is to put in the practice and not give up. It’s very easy to be intimidated and even more easy to feel like a complete idiot on these difficult problems, so the important part is to never stop trying to improve.

What's next?

Future I plan to hopefully support growth of competitive programming interest at UCR for ICPC, Code Jam and other well known programming competitions. It’s critical that we maintain a pool of interested contestants that will practice regularly to place well in these competitions. This can also be beneficial to students that want some solid interview practice that makes the average interview question look like 1+1. I want to help make UCR more relevant and help our school gain more notice in the world of computer science through these competitions.

For my career and academic goals, I plan to finish my bachelors and start making $$$. I hope Amazon Japan will be a great step towards that.

SUMMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 11 SPONSORED BY .TECH DOMAINS - Karen Kong

Check out what Karen Kong did over the summer at Facebook!

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Summer Member Spotlight 11

Our eleventh Summer Member Spotlight highlights Karen Kong at Facebook! This will be the last of our weekly Summer Member Spotlight but don't worry! We will be continuing highlighting the awesome things ACM members do on a monthly basis. If you've been up to some crazy things and want to share, get it touch with us!

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About Karen

Karen at Facebook

Hey folks! I’m Karen, a rising junior majoring in Computer Science at UCR. I am so incredibly grateful for my Facebook University software engineering internship this summer at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park.

What's the intern program like?

Facebook University is an immersive program for rising sophomores and juniors from underrepresented communities in engineering, business, and analytics. The first three weeks consisted of Codepath training in mobile development. During the last five weeks, we worked on teams of three to develop a mobile application from scratch. My team created an anonymous messaging app that helps Facebook friends with opposing viewpoints find common ground through conversations around topics.

What did you like about Facebook?

Everyone at Facebook has been very friendly and supportive. There hasn’t been a morning when less than two people have wished me a good morning before I even get to my desk. The software engineers are extremely intelligent and open to answering any questions. Our awesome manager oriented us in the right direction when we created new features and gave us plenty of constructive feedback. The office has an open floor plan to encourage collaboration, which means desks are placed in groups across the floor instead of inside individual cubicles. My team’s desks were right next to each other, which made discussing design decisions and debugging together effortless.

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And there’s a plethora of photo opportunities.

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The executives regularly host talks and Q&As. It was really inspiring and motivating to hear in person from Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Brian Acton, and Ari Grant among others. The recruiting team also coordinated fun events nearly every week for the interns, including a field day, summer festival, and Giant’s game.

As you can probably tell by now from this glowing review, this summer at Facebook, with the people, activities, and fast-paced work environment, has been the most amazing experience and I honestly wouldn’t trade it for anything.

If you’re interested in Facebook, the first step is to build up your resume. Differentiate yourself from the rest of your class. Get some work experience. Create some personal projects. Add these to your resume, highlighting the impacts you made. Ask for feedback from professionals and recruiters and use it to improve your resume. Then, go for it and apply.

Check out the Facebook events on our campus during the school year to gain perspective on the company and reach out to the cool people that work there.