CPCC students honored at 2012 STARS Computing Corps National Celebration

last modified Sep 17, 2012 02:44 PM

Seven students from Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Students and Technology in Academia, Research and Service (STARS) team won first place in the poster competition at the 2012 STARS Computing Corps National Celebration in Hampton, Va., August 11-13. This was the first time the CPCC STARS team was recognized with an award at the STARS Alliance’s annual event.

The STARS Alliance strives to increase the participation of women, under-represented minorities and persons with disabilities in computing disciplines through multi-faceted interventions. These interventions focus on raising awareness of computer disciplines and careers among the above groups so that the number of undergraduates who enter a computing graduate school or the information technology workforce increases.

Under the direction of Jean Schoenheit, an Information Technology instructor at CPCC, and Felesia Stukes, a Computer Information Technology instructor at CPCC, the CPCC team created a poster that detailed their research project – testing computer algorithms on a data set and compiling the results. The team’s poster theme was Biometric Identification, which refers to the identification of humans by their characteristics or traits.  In the team’s project, they analyzed pictures of flies’ wings to find the algorithm with the higher identification and recognition accuracy determined by statistical analysis.

The CPCC Team was comprised of Jason Bellow, Evodie Kayembe, Juan Gonzalez, Daniel Balda, Tre Norris, Matofam Tamandje and Brian Umbarger.

“We are extremely proud of our students,” said Hal Lohn, associate dean of STEMS at CPCC. “CPCC is the first two-year institution to have students belong to the STARS Computing Corp. This accomplishment demonstrates the high caliber of CPCC’s STEMS programs and the students we teach.”

For more information about CPCC’s STARS program, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/stars To learn more about the STARS Alliance, please visit http://www.starsalliance.org.