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.

Facebook Locations

And there’s a plethora of photo opportunities.

Instagram

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.

SUMMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 10 SPONSORED BY .TECH DOMAINS - Gustavo Correa

Check out what Gustavo Correa has been up to this summer at UCR's Aspin Lab

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Summer Member Spotlight 10

Our tenth Summer Member Spotlight highlights Gustavo Correa at UC Riverside's Aspen Lab.

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About Gustavo

Aspin

What’s happening friends! My name is Gustavo Correa and I’m going into my third year at UCR for Computer Engineering. I got my internship with the help of a friend who is also working at the lab. He referred me to Professor Kassas who leads the lab, and after a couple meetings with the Professor and graduate students I landed the job!

What does Aspin Lab do?

Aspin

ASPIN is short for the Autonomous Systems Perception, Intelligence, & Navigation Laboratory. The lab’s research that intrigues me the most would be the one answering this question: “What information is already available in the surrounding environment, and how can it be exploited for positioning, navigation, and timing?” The ASPIN lab is researching into using other signals of opportunity such as “audio (e.g., AM, FM), television (e.g., HDTV), cellular (e.g., CDMA, GSM, LTE), and satellite communication (e.g., Iridium)” for real time positioning and navigation. The research has lead to the development of MATRIX, which is a software defined radio designed to listen to the environment for these signals and process the signal to achieve a navigation solution.

About the Internship

Aspin 2

This internship is by far the best opportunity I’ve had since I started school here at UCR. The ASPIN lab has provided the perfect avenue to learn and apply what I’ve been wanting to learn in art and engineering. I’ve been able to learn a ton of skills in graphic design, general programing, app development, and website development since I started working here. On the larger scale I have learned so much about the graduate student’s work and its importance in the area of navigation. It’s a great opportunity to be part of the team researching the theory and developing the technology that will have a huge impact in the world.

The Importance of hackathons

The Team

What has prepared me the most for my success in this lab would be going to hackathons, hackathons, and more hackathons! It’s amazing to see how everything that I learned at each hackathon has been applicable in all the projects that I’m currently working on in the lab. I would definitely recommend hackathons to anyone anyday. You’ll never know when you’ll need those fast arduino prototyping, mobile app and web development skills. When the day comes that you do, you won’t regret those many 36 hour hackathons where you had at most 2 hours of sleep, only ate Subway, and drank energy drinks all day long.

SUMMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 9 SPONSORED BY .TECH DOMAINS - Zach Zimmerman at Google

Zach's been interning at one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley. Check out what he's been up to this summer.

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Summer Member Spotlight 9

Our ninth Summer Member Spotlight highlights Zach Zimmerman at Google.

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About Zach

Zach with the O Hi everyone! I’m Zach and I’ll be serving as the graduate student advisor for ACM in 2017-2018. I am a computer science PhD student and am going into my third year of the program here under my advisors Dr. Brisk and Dr. Keogh. At UCR, my research focus is on high performance computing and how we can utilize different sources of acceleration (GPUs, FPGAs, TPUs, etc.) to accelerate data mining and machine learning tasks. In particular, I am interested in time series data; examples of this are EEG and seismology readings. If you have interest in any of these topics, want project ideas, or want some feedback on resumes feel free to send me an email zzimm001@ucr.edu and I’ll respond as I have time.

The Google Internship

Zach at Moffet Place This summer, I am working as an intern at Google. In particular, I work on Google Cloud in the tech infrastructure team. My project involves improving the way Google runs applications in the cloud; improving the performance and security of these systems. My project is interesting, but what is even more interesting are the people. Everyone here is really smart and you learn a ton just by being around them. Many I am truly impressed by Google, both in how the company is run and the amazing things that get built here. I had high expectations coming into my internship and Google exceeded them. I highly recommend you apply now if you are interested in an internship next Summer.

Interviewing with Google

The interview process for Google can be tough, I actually interviewed 3 times for an internship with them before I got the job. As a graduate student, even if you pass the technical interviews there is no guarantee that you will find a team to work with; that is what happened to me last year. However, with lots of practice and some core classes under your belt, you should have the skills you need to pass the interviews. From there it is just practice, there are tons of places you can practice interview questions, I recommend trying leetcode.com, which is what I used to practice. ACM also runs mock interviews, contact Henry Doan for details.

Word of Advice

Finally, one message I want to give the undergrads that are reading this is to really get involved in what you do, whether it be the your school or outside activities. Really take the time in your classes and projects to understand what you are doing, rather than rushing through it just to get it done, you’ll be surprised how things become extremely relevant at the strangest times. Just try to give an effort to everything you do and be persistent, opportunities will fall into your lap if you do. In the end, the most important thing is to enjoy what you do, it is the best way to stay motivated. Find that thing that makes you excited about tech and roll with it!

SUMMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 8 SPONSORED BY .TECH DOMAINS - Nishanth Babu at Versium Analytics

Versium Analytics is a company founded by a UCR Alumnus, check out how Nish got his internship and learn about his experience!

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Summer Member Spotlight 8

Our eight Summer Member Spotlight highlights Nishanth Babu who's been interning at Versium Analytics, founded by an UCR alumnus, Kevin Marcus.

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Nish is a 4th year CS major. He's active on campus with his involvement organizations such as ACM, Tau Beta Pi, and Theta Tau.

Nish at Versium

How did you hear about the internship?

I got my internship at Versium Analytics through an alumnus of UCR, Kevin Marcus, who actually co-founded the company. I saw him give a lecture during the ENGR101 class and decided to email him about opportunities at his company!

What's one of your most memorable experiences at Versium?

The Team One of the most memorable parts of the internship was going seafaring with the company. Seafaring is a weekend in Seattle where people go on boats and watch the blue angels fly right above them. We got to go to the CEO's giant yacht and spend the day relaxing on the yacht and watching the blue angels

How's the startup culture?

Working at a startup definitely has a different vibe than a big company. I really enjoyed the culture there. Everyone is very open to helping each other and it's got a very communal feel. I also really enjoyed the relaxed yet productive atmosphere as well as the random Nerf darts that were shot around the office and the beanbag which I did most of my work on.

SUMMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 7 SPONSORED BY .TECH DOMAINS - Paul Schneider at the Department of Homeland Security

Interested with interning with a US government department? Check out what Paul's been up to the DHS!

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Summer Member Spotlight 7

Our seventh Summer Member Spotlight goes to Paul Schneider who's been interning at the US Department of Homeland Security this summer.

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Tell us about yourself

I’m going into my 3rd year at UCR studying Electrical Engineering, and am going to be focusing on RF and communications. Outside of the classroom, I’ve kept busy by working on UCR SAE’s Electric Vehicle, hacking together (or apart…) some personal projects, and in my free time I love to get out camping whenever I get the chance.

Paul at DHS

How did you hear about the internship?

UCR! The Homeland Security related Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HS-STEM) program places students into R&D locations all over the country, and I heard about it through BCOE. I ended up getting accepted to the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate office in Washington, D.C. where I’m now entering my 10th and final week.

What have you learned at the DHS?

DHS I’ve learned a lot in my time at DHS, and it’s been a great opportunity to expose myself to things that I normally wouldn’t have. The primary focus of my work is the developing technologies in autonomous unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and how first responder agencies are going to be able to best integrate them into their current operations. It’s been a great opportunity to learn about both the “hard” side of engineering (i.e. reading countless research journal papers and figuring out how things work) and the “soft” side of implementation (i.e. reaching out to first responders and working to figure out what solutions they need). Overall, it’s opened my eyes to the fact that a lot of engineers don’t end up just designing circuits or modeling with CAD programs. There’s also a sizeable need for technically oriented people that can be the efficient “translators” between the customers and the people drawing up schematics, especially in larger organizations.

The Intern Experience

DHS We had some pretty amazing barbecue last week brought in for a Summer office party. Oh, you mean in the actual internship? I think it’d have to be the work I did on a last-minute side project I did to test the effects of cell phone jamming. In my second week, I was told to quickly cobble together a testing procedure, and so I ended up writing a program for the testers in the field to run. The system worked great to test the connection, change configurations as needed, and spit out some nicely formatted data to analyze. In theory. I think it suffices to say that I learned a valuable lesson from the experience: If you ever think you’ve explained something well enough for the end user, you haven’t.

SUMMER MEMBER SPOTLIGHT 6 SPONSORED BY .TECH DOMAINS - MARIO SALAZAR AT ESRI

Check out what Mario Salazar is doing at Esri this summer!

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Summer Member Spotlight 6

Our sixth Summer Member Spotlight goes to Mario Salazar who's been interning at Esri this summer.

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About Mario

Mario goes into how he was selected, Esri's culture, impact, his experience as an intern, and his intern project.

Hello! My name is Mario and I am a 4th year Computer Science student at UCR. I landed an internship at Esri as a Software Security Intern.

Mario at Esri

The Selection Process

The selection process for me has been a bit unorthodox. I got a phone call from the Chief Product Security Officer Michael Young (UCR Alum), whom gave me a behavioral interview over the phone. I later received a follow up email from Corianne the University Programs, Program Manager. She sent me an offer letter and I accepted. Esri selected 115 out of the 10,000 applicants this year so it is fairly competitive, but a large number of interns are from UC Riverside!

Esri's Culture and Impact

Esri's Pond at Building M

Esri is the top GIS company in the world. It is privately owned by Jack and Laura Dangermond. The private ownership gives the company a customer-first approach to development. This is one of my favorite things about the company. You are catering to the end-user and receiving feedback from them to improve the products/services instead of being forced to focus on revenue by the board of directors in a public company.

Esri’s campus was designed by Jack Dangermond himself with his landscape architecture experience. The campus has an outdoors theme and it has 2 ponds that I usually have my lunch at. It’s a relaxing place to sit during lunch.

The hierarchy at Esri is very flat so there are less managers, which can be a good or bad. It’s a bad thing if you care about your job title and a good thing because there’s less hoops to jump through. Responsibilities may be added to contributors that could be considered managerial responsibilities. Although the position name might not change, employees are compensated for the additional work.

The Intern Experience

Mario's Desk

Esri hires a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students from many schools all over the globe, which adds to the experience. There are a few major components to the Esri internship experience. Main project, User’s Conference and the intern hackathon. The main project of an intern at Esri varies based on your current team’s needs. From what I have experienced, it is always a meaningful active project that has an impact on Esri. Given Esri’s customer-centered focus, the company holds an annual User’s Conference at the San Diego Convention Center with over 15,000 attendees. I was not fortunate enough to go to the event, but my fellow interns have told me that it is a great experience and it gives interns a feel of Esri’s reach and culture. I was also unable to attend the intern hackathon, so I did not get to experience it. From what I saw, the hackathon builds teams of diverse interns varying from marketing to software development. Interns work on projects using the ArcGIS developer tools and present their final project.

The Intern Project

Mario's Building's Lobby

As my main intern project, I have been working on a Security Toolkit Library to standardize the implementation of security at Esri. I have learned a lot about security as an industry, the applications of security in a corporate environment and the implementation of crypto in software. I have been working directly with the Security Architect, Chief Product Security Officer and some consultants who are leaders in Software Security. It has been a rewarding experience that I have enjoyed and have gained tremendously from.

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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

shwan022@ucr.edu

Summer Member Spotlight 4 Sponsored by .Tech Domains - Valerie Chiou at Moody's

Check out what Valerie Chiou has been up to at Moody's

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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

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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:

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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

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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

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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 LinkedIn.com. 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!

Joel

jgome043@ucr.edu

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

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Intern welcoming package

Intern “welcome kit”

Pun

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

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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

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

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

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!

Hackathons

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 cutiehack.com!

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 citrushack.com.

Kyle Minshall

Become a member of ACM

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

Benefits

  • 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!