CSE Day 2016 took place Thursday, January 21, from 11am to 8pm, with most of the activities taking place in the CSE auditorium (Room 1202).The student-run event was organized by the Computer Science and Engineering Society (which held its first general meeting of the year on Jan. 14).
CSE Day is an event dedicated to the passion and education of all who are interested in computer science or computer engineering, especially for more recent arrivals in the department who can learn about potential job or educational oppportunities in industry and academia.
The event serves an important purpose in the computing community on campus by showing students what they can do with industry to maximize their opportunities after graduation. CSE Day sessions will help "demystify the pathways they can take to become successful, and show them the opportunities that their peers, the faculty and the attending companies can offer them," according to organizers, including CSES's co-chairs for CSE Day, Jacob Davis and Raghav Mehta (both Class of '18) (pictured below right).
The schedule kicked off with an internship panel the CSE Auditorium, featuring students Mike Shi, Michael Chu, J Delaney and Jesse Gallaway, who have interned at Facebook, Hulu, MongoDB, Google and Qualcomm. The panel was followed by an open (and free) lunch catered by Subway served from noon to 12:45pm. Continuing in the afternoon, students had an opportunity to hear from a panel of recruiters -- including from Microsoft, Google, and other tech companies -- on what they look for in candidates with software skills.
Following that panel, at 2:15pm representatives from student and professional clubs talked about how to get involved in CSE activities, including the recently formed Data Science Student Society, Women in Computing, as well as the Virtual Reality Club and Video Game Club.
Later in the afternoon, students heard from a Google expert on machine learning, a field of growing interest to the tech world, and an area that is enhanced by CSE's collaboration with UC San Diego's Cognitive Science department. It started at 4pm, and was followed by a panel bringing together CSE alumni working at Facebook, ViaSat and other employers, to answer student questions about their own experiences following graduation.
An industry dinner (catered by Buca di Beppo) provided a networking forum for students to socialize one-on-one with executives from industry. The dinner was followed by a popular CSE Day staple: a game of Jeopardy that pits students versus faculty members. Industry sponsors of CSE Day 2016 include Microsoft, Google, ViaSat, Facebook, Cubic, iBoss Cybersecurity, and Visa.