Newsletter: Carleton Sentinel

"Keeping you in the loop since 2005"

  • Next week, Turing Award winner Ron Rivest will be visiting our department as part of the Carleton College Chesley Lecture program. The Turing Award is the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in computer science, so this is a big deal! Prof. Rivest is the "R" in the RSA encryption algorithm, which is used, well, everywhere. For example, it's how your web browser is communicating with secure websites when you see that padlock icon. Prof. Rivest is currently very interested in voting system security. If you've paid any attention at all to the debate that's occurred over the last few years regarding electronic voting systems, you'll really want to hear what he has to say. Click above for more details on his talks.

  • FreEner-g is a startup solar energy company that is looking for two computer science summer interns. One of these positions may ultimately lead to a full time job. Click above to see the ad that they sent us; for more information or to apply, contact Laura Cina.

  • Questions about CS or Math classes? Your student department advisers (SDAs) are having office hours, with pizza! Meet them on Wednesday, May 21 from 7pm to 9pm, 3rd floor CMC in the Math Skills Center. Also feel free to email the CS SDA Janara (christej) or the Math SDA Jonah (ostroffj) with questions.

  • Registration for fall courses is coming up soon: it begins on Monday, May 26. Click above for descriptions of the computer science courses (above Intro to CS) that will be offered this spring. In addition to your own adviser, remember that you can contact our Student Departmental Adviser (Janara Christensen, christej@carleton.edu) if you have questions.

  • The Carleton Quantitative Inquiry, Reasoning, and Knowledge Initiative (QuIRK) is hiring student research assistants to start this fall and also possibly this summer. They are looking for students with statistical training, but they tell us that students with computer science capability and some knowledge of statistics would be fabulous. For more information, including how to apply, visit the program website.

  • Epic Systems Corporation in Madison, WI has hired a number of our graduates in the past. They recently contacted us to tell us that they are looking to hire software developers. See this advertisement for more information.

  • Pavel Kapinos in the Economics department here at Carleton is looking for some programming help. It would be an official paid student-work job, and he'd like to find someone to complete this work by the end of the term, but some work early in the summer would also be possible. Specifically, he needs someone with knowledge of Excel-based Visual Basic to debug a program. The project should take a small amount of time but a longer assignment may also be available. Contact: pkapinos.


  • The CRA-W (Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research) and CDC (Coalition to Diversify Computing) have announced a 2-day workshop focused on computer architecture, with a particular emphasis on the emerging prevalence of parallel computing. The workshop is targeted in particular for undergraduate women and under‐represented minorities currently enrolled as juniors or seniors in computer science or computer engineering programs; however freshman, sophomores, as well as undergrads majoring in other related fields are also welcome to apply. The workshop is to be held on August 20-21 at Brown University, and the application is due June 1. Click above for more information.

  • CS Majors Meeting

    April 30, 2008

    On Wednesday, May 7, we are having a meeting of the computer science majors. The purposes of this meeting are many:

    1. Welcome the newly declared sophomores in person instead of via e-mail.
    2. Announce next year's comps topics.
    3. Give the seniors one last chance to dispense wisdom, if any, before they leave.
    4. Eat snacks.

    Majors who will be seniors next year are in particular strongly encouraged to attend, since this will be the big opportunity to learn about comps projects.

    So, please join us in CMC 206 at 4:30 on Wednesday, May 7.

    See you then!
  • Carleton computer science alum Ben Anderson '05 is now working for Microsoft. He has forwarded along to us this advertisement by Microsoft, who is recruiting students to participate in the Microsoft Student Partners program. Click above for more information.

  • Lockheed Martin has expressed an interest in Carleton students for either summer internships and for entry level software engineers at the Eagan, MN location. For more information, click above.

  • Gearworks is Hiring

    April 24, 2008

    Carleton computer science alum Rob Juncker is co-founder and CTO of Gearworks, which is located in Eagan, MN. He tells us that they have an open software engineering position which is specifically intended for someone with 0-2 years of experience, and he asked us to inform current Carleton CS seniors. For more information, see this job advertisement.