2002-03 News

Student Summer Research

  • Rising senior computer science major Geri Headrick continues her internship in computer science at Acxiom Corporation in Conway. Geri works with Dwayne Collins on his projects involving image processing.
  • Rising senior mathematics major Peter Horn is attending a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at Texas A&M entitled "Modeling Complex Ecosystems."
  • Rising senior computer science major Jed Daily was one of eleven students chosen to participate in the Associated Colleges of the South Software Engineering Internship.
  • Rising senior computer science major Billy Autrey is developing image processing software this summer under the direction of Gabe Ferrer to identify the morphology of corrosion from samples of aluminum aircraft wings.

Student Publications

During the past year three graduating seniors have had research papers accepted for publication.

Computer Science student Don Porter's paper from his NSF-REU program last summer at Hope College appeared in the conference proceedings of a SIGCSE meeting in Reno, Nevada last winter. The paper "Using Java to Teach Networking Concepts with a Programmable Network Sniffer" was co-authored by Professor Mike Jipping (Hope College) and students Agata Bugaj and Lilyana Mihalkova. [SIGCSE is the special interest group in computer science education of the Association of Computing Machinery.]

Mathematics student Jared Williams' paper "Exploring Finite-Time Blow-Up" appeared in the Spring 2003 issue of The Pi Mu Epsilon Journal. Co-authored with Duff Campbell, the paper grew out of a question posed as a sophomore in Duff's differential equations class.

Mathematics student Dane Dormio's paper "Analysis of the Subtangent" has been accepted by The Pi Mu Epsilon Journal and should appear soon. His paper was motivated by a homework question about the subtangent from calculus his freshman year.

Computer Science Students Compete

For the first time ever, computer science students from Hendrix College competed in the ACM [Association of Computing Machinery] Mid-Central USA Programming Contest. The students competed in two teams. The first team included senior Craig Falls and juniors Jed Daily and Billy Autrey. The second team included seniors Don Porter, James Horey and Patrick Cowan. Of the approximately 100 teams, the first Hendrix team placed 25th and the second team placed 48th.

Computer Science Student Co-authors Paper

Computer science senior Don Porter has learned that a paper he co-authored has been accepted for the program of a meeting of SIGCSE in February in Reno, Nevada. [SIGCSE is the special interest group in computer science education of the Association of Computing Machinery.] The paper "Using Java to Teach Networking Concepts with a Programmable Network Sniffer" was co-authored by Professor Mike Jipping (Hope College) and students Don Porter (Hendrix College), Agata Bugaj (Carnegie Mellon University), and Lilyana Mihalkova (Hope College). The paper is the result of a NSF-REU program at Hope College last summer and should appear in the conference proceedings.

New Faculty Members during Fall 2002

Gabe Ferrer joins the department as a tenure-track assistant professor of computer science. Dr. Ferrer recently completed his doctoral work at the University of Virginia.

Mehmet Dik joins the department as a visiting assistant professor of mathematics. Dr. Dik recently completed his doctoral work at the University of Missouri - Rolla.

Dwayne Collins has returned from last year's sabbatical project at Acxiom Corporation. Ali Kooshesh is on a year-long sabbatical at Sonoma State University in California where it is reported that he is enjoying the cool breezes of San Francisco and roaming the wine country. David Sutherland will remain in Conway for his spring semester sabbatical.

Congratulations to Chris Mouron who was here last year in a visiting mathematics position. He now has a tenure-track position in mathematics at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.