John Pham

Summer Member Spotlight 5

Our fifth Summer Member Spotlight goes to Samuel Hwang who's been interning at Applied Medical this summer.

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Applied Medical

How did you get your internship?

I am still connected with alumni from Theta Tau. One of the alumni, Amanda Nguyen, works in the software development department at Applied Medical. She put in a good word and I got an interview with the team managers. Their team heavily emphasizes teamwork. Luckily, my involvement with campus jobs and BCOE organizations was well received by them and they extended me an offer as their Software Development Intern for the summer!

What is your most memorable experience?

Like most other interns, I am constantly surrounded by individuals who have worked hard to get to where they are today. It’s a lot of fun helping them with their projects and seeing how software is built on a professional level. Additionally we go out to eat every Friday and that boosts the overall morale and atmosphere of the office. I love meeting new people and learning as much as I can from them, so the everyday interactions are what I cherish the most.

Applied Medical's impact and experience

Don’t be afraid to talk to people and make new connections. Computer science is an extremely social career path and no one can succeed alone. Create a solid study group, join some organizations, get involved in research, or do whatever else you are personally interested in and passionate about. You will be surprised with what you get out of it all. If anyone wants to know more about software development at Applied Medical or getting involved, shoot me an email or message!

Samuel Hwang

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John Pham

Summer Member Spotlight 4

Our fourth Summer Member Spotlight goes to Valerie Chiou who is spending her second summer as an intern at Moody's.

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Moody's interns

How did you get your internship?

I interned for Moody’s last year Summer in South San Francisco and was contacted by the recruiter to see if I was interested in interning again. I expressed interest in scripting and automation, and I was put in contact with the hiring manager for the devops internship. I interviewed with the hiring manager and was offered the position a week later!

What is your most memorable experience?

Moody’s hosts a Girl’s Who Code Summer immersion program at the San Francisco office. I remember hosting the ice cream social and talking to the girls afterwards with other interns, giving them general career advice and things I wish I knew while I studied computer science in college. They came up and thanked us at the end, and it made me really happy that I could help these girls find their reasons to pursue computer science. Moody's interns

Moody's impact and experience

I love how Moody’s is a global company that really emphasizes creating confidence. (They even have initiatives and “Create Confidence” nominations/awards for employees.) I’m surrounded by a huge diversity of people from all around the world. All of them are very intelligent, driven, and down-to-earth and make the office an enjoyable place to work. I have the opportunity to network, ask for career advice, and be mentored by them as well. I’m very fortunate to work with people who have become more than just coworkers now. They’re mentors and friends who help me learn, encourage me, and want to see me succeed.

Summer Member Spotlight 3 - Jessica Gonzalez at JPL

Jessica talks about how she got her internship and what the experience has been like

John Pham

Summer Member Spotlight 3

Our second Summer Member Spotlight goes to Jessica Gonzalez who has been spending her summer at the NASA JPL as a Modeling and Simulations Intern. Checkout our previous Summer Member Spotlights:

If you're interested in sharing your summer experience, send us a message!

JPL's cleanroom

Who are you and how did you get your internship?

With one of the Mars Rovers

I just completed my second year at UCR as a CS student. I was fortunate enough this year to obtain a summer internship at NASA JPL. During the Fall quarter of 2016, I learned about a program called FIELDS at an ACM meeting. FIELDS is a program funded by JPL that helps UCR students get internships at UCR and/or JPL. When I heard about this program, I did not think I had the experience necessary or skills to qualify for an internship, so I was hesitant to apply. However, I decided I would give it a shot and I applied for the JPL summer internship through FIELDS. After about a month and a half from applying, I was flooded with summer internship offers at JPL. I chose the position that interested me the most, which was a modeling and simulation internship for a Navy autonomous vehicle project. This project I chose happens to be a part of the small percentage of non-space related projects.

How's your internship going?

View of JPL's lab

I am currently about halfway through my internship and I have already learned and experienced a lot. The most memorable experience I've had was being in the audience of the Pathfinder 20th anniversary talk show. I got the chance to listen to a panel of JPL employees that were a part of the pathfinder mission. They shared a lot about their experiences, where I learned not only about the mission itself, but I also learned about the journey leading up to the mission, their backgrounds, the problems they encountered, the support they received, etc. This experience was truly inspiring and it was an honor to hear from people that made such a huge impact all over the world.

Any last words?

Mars 2020 Rover

This internship opportunity has been amazing and it feels great to be a part of such an innovative place. JPL is a great place to have an internship, and I strongly encourage other students to apply for this internship next Fall.

Summer Member Spotlight 2 - Elijah Marchese at JPL

Check out what Elijah's been up to at the NASA JPL

John Pham

Summer Member Spotlight 2

Our second Summer Member Spotlight goes to Elijah Marchese who has been spending his summer tinkering at the NASA JPL. Checkout our previous Summer Member Spotlight on Joel Gomez at LinkedIn. If you're interested in sharing your summer experience, send us a message!

Elijah Marchese at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Elijah at JPL 1

Even though it's been less than a month, working at JPL has been pretty surreal. It's really cool to work at a company that pioneered space exploration. Just walking around the campus, there's tons of information and models of these missions all around JPL, so it's always nice to just stop and learn and see things throughout the workday. Other opportunities to learn are JPL's weekly talks, journal clubs, and classes offered for interns.

Elijah at JPL 2

The people working at JPL are all collaborative, smart, and driven, working in different fields and pursuing to make an impact to the world. Working under people like this has been an awesome experience so far, and I can't wait to see what's in store! Also, getting every other Friday off from work is pretty cool too. If anyone wants to know anything more about JPL, my experience, or anything else, feel free to message me and ask!

Summer Member Spotlight - Joel Gomez at LinkedIn

Joel Gomez shares his experience as an intern at LinkedIn

John Pham

The Summer Member Spotlight

The summer is when ACM members go their different ways to do amazing things from enabling the efforts of Mars exploration to connecting the world together. This is a chance to highlight their efforts and show that there is no limit in what we can do. We will highlight two members each week throughout the summer. If you want to share your summer experience, get in touch!

Joel Gomez at LinkedIn

Our inaugural spotlight goes to Joel Gomez. Joel at LinkedIn

Hey everyone! I’m Joel, a senior at UCR and this summer (2017), I was fortunate enough to land an internship with LinkedIn as a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) Intern in the Sunnyvale area in Silicon Valley. For my intern project, I’m working on the backend of the People You May Know feature of To be a bit more specific -- I’m writing a class that will be used to monitor and verify data from a development/experimental environment to make it easier for other engineers to make sure their code works (performance, successful calls -- i.e. reliability ;) ) in development before deploying it to production. TL;DR summary for SRE work is that they’re the lucky peeps that put out fires and try to keep things from burning in the first place -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

My experience at LinkedIn so far has been awesome and surreal! Of course there are the usual tech company perks: flexible hours, gourmet chef-prepared breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, on-site haircuts, oil changes, and massages, staffed coffee and smoothie bars, and fully-stocked break rooms in every building with all sorts of goodies. Additionally, everyone is genuinely happy to chat and share their wealth of knowledge and experience, even with interns.

A fun fact about this year’s interns here: out of a total of ~230 interns, approximately 50 of us are UC students -- the majority of that share coming from Berkeley, Davis, and San Diego. Only two UCs have a single representing student -- Santa Cruz and Riverside. Those interns range from everything to UI, Software, and Site Reliability Engineers, to HR and Marketing interns as well.

If you’re looking to get into a tech company -- my best advice is to just build all the things! Pad your GitHub with meaningful and different projects and code samples. Teach yourself new technology stacks and programming languages to use in your projects, bonus points for knowing how they work and how to write “good code” in each. Consider doing related research at school for additional projects if you don’t have any ideas. Practice your algorithms and data structures. Lastly, be sure to prepare a good resume and apply everywhere!

If you have any other questions for me about my internship experience or anything else, don’t hesitate to reach out! See you in the Fall!


Here are some photos provided by Joel: LinkedIn Campus LinkedIn Campus at Night


Intern welcoming package

Intern “welcome kit”


One of many random pieces of art in one of the buildings and LinkedIn pun

ACM takes home 2 awards at the Student Life Award Ceremony

ACM received the Best Educational Program of the Year and the Best Collaborative Event of the Year for the 2016 - 2017 year

John Pham

ACM awards 1 Our club was given the honor to receive the Best Educational Program of the Year and the Best Collaborative Event of the year for the 2016 - 2017 year from UCR's Student Life. ACM was one of the many BCOE student organization to receive awards for their efforts and achievements.

Best Educational Program of the Year

ACM awards 2 This award is to recognize ACM's Language Workshops held during Winter 2017. Our workshops were held weekly each covering 7 different languages. ACM's then-President, Kyle Minshall taught Python, Javascript, Ruby, Swift, and Java. ACM invited a UCR faculty member, Brian Crites, to teach Go and invited a UCR and ACM alumnus, Mark De Ruyter to teach C#. We had over a 100 students attend our workshops.

Best Collaborative Event of the Year

ACM awards 3 This award recognized Citrus Hack 2016. Citrus Hack is would not be possible without the collaboration between ACM and IEEE. Citrus Hack is a 36-hour hackathon held at UCR every Fall. Citrus Hack over 400 participants this year with over 50 projects.

Clubroom Renovations

The first in our series of clubroom renovations

John Pham

Our goal for the 2017 - 2018 year is to transform the ACM clubroom into an epicenter for innovation and creativity. ACM is one of the few student organizations at UC Riverside that has a clubroom. To a normal student, the clubroom looks like any other lab room. To address that, we got a custom plaque made to be displayed above the room number's sign.

ACM room sign at Chung 127

The 2017 - 2018 board also took this opportunity to thank Kyle Minshall, who has been with ACM with the previous 3 years holding 2 officer positions: Career Pathways Lead for 2015 - 2016 and President for 2016 - 2017. His contributions to the organization and it's members will be forever commemorated and establishes the standard ACM will hold itself to.

The 2017 - 2018 board with Kyle Minshall at the sign installation

Kyle Minshall

New Board

  • President – John Pham
  • Vice President – Patrick Le
  • Secretary – Aaroh Mankad
  • Treasurer – Sid Sharma
  • Membership – Katie Fukuda
  • Fundraising – Daniel Stinson-Diess
  • Outreach – Neal Goyal
  • Professional Development – Henry Doan
  • Marketing – Maaz Mohamedy

Congratulations to you all! To all that applied, we appreciate your interest in the future of ACM and hope you apply again in the future. Looking forward to all that you will accomplish in the next year and on behalf of ACM boards present and past, we wish you nothing but the best!

General Meeting Times

New general meeting times are Even Weeks on Mondays from 7:00–8:00 PM in Bourns A265. We have some fun activities planned. Check out the event details on the side for more info!

Workshop Series

This quarter we will not be doing our traditional quarter-long workshop series as we've done in the past. This time, we're going to shift focus to more-varied, one-off workshops that are more self-contained. We have not set in stone any workshop topics, so if there's something you'd like to learn about, drop by our facebook page or send us an email.


Hacknight will be taking place on Tuesdays from 3:00–5:00 PM in WCH 127! Have a cool idea for a new project or want to work on something with friends? Come on by! We'd love to help you with things you're passionate about. We have mentors from fields ranging from Game Development to Web Development so I'm sure you'll find someone able to answer your question.

Events tentatively planned for the quarter

  • Fundraiser
  • Tabletop Game Night
  • LAN Party

Upcoming Events and Announcements (Winter 2017)

General Meetings, Language Workshops, and more!

Kyle Minshall

General meetings

General Meetings will be taking place on odd weeks for Winter Quarter on Mondays, from 7:00-8:00 PM in WCH 205/206. We are focusing mostly on professional development this quarter, and as such a lot of our in-meeting events and workshops are going to be detailed around that.

  • Second General Meeting – Resume Building Workshop
  • Fourth General Meeting – LinkedIn Workshop


Elections are going to take place at our Fifth General Meeting. This is your opportunity to cast your vote for next year's ACM officers (2017-2018). All board positions are elected and yes, your vote does count!

Language Learning Workshops

Our quarter-long workshop series for Winter is going to be a language-a-week model. Here are the language workshops in order:

  • Learning JavaScript
  • Learning Ruby
  • Learning Java
  • Learning C#
  • Learning Python 3
  • Learning Go
  • Learning Swift

Each workshop will be self-contained and any notes/examples will be uploaded to our Facebook group for you to see!


Hacknight is back again, as always, for Winter Quarter. Sessions will be on Tuesdays from 5:00–7:00 PM in the ACM Clubroom, WCH 127.

If you are interested in extending your knowledge or expertise and would like to help out with any of the groups, please contact John Li, who is the Gamespawn coordinator for Hacknight this quarter.

Mock Interviews

We will be offering mock interviews this quarter. Sign up for a time using this form. We can do both phone or whiteboard interviews!


Cutie Hack
Is set to take place on May 20th! It's a 12-hour hackathon from 9 AM to 11:00 PM. Applications are open at!

Citrus Hack
Is set to take place in the fall quarter of 2017. This is hopefully going to be our biggest hackathon yet and we are very excited about the developments. If you'd like to be a part of the awesome team that makes this event happen, we'd love to have you join! For everyone else, keep up to date with announcements by checking

Kyle Minshall

Become a member of ACM

Pay $20 to any officer, giving them your ID.


  • Priority workshop enrollment
  • Ability to participate in giveaways
  • Access to 'Members Only' hardware
  • Free T-Shirt!

    Recurring Events and Announcements

  • CS:GO will be starting Week 3! Each session will be covering introductory concepts related to programming such as which tools to use, how to use the commandline, an introduction to Linux, come common C++ pitfalls, and much much more!
  • Citrus Hack The Inland Empire’s Premier Hackathon! Head on over to Citrus Hack to apply to be on our waitlist before it is too late! Let your friends know so your entire team can come! Citrus Hack takes place October 21st to the 23rd.
  • Hack Nights! Wednesdays from 6-8 PM at the ACM Clubroom! Come work on your projects and assignments with other students!

Upcoming Events

  • Tabletop Game Night will be on Friday, November 4th in the evening!
  • LAN Party will be taking place Friday, November 21st in the evening!
  • Hike to the C with SWE will be taking place Saturday, November 12th!