Monday, October 19 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Farming While Black: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty
Description: Naima Penniman, program director of Soul Fire Farm, will give a talk about the importance and value of food production, racism in food distribution, access, etc. This is a collaborative event with HSI STEM, Multicultural Affairs, the School of STEM, and the Department of Urban Studies.
Tuesday, October 20 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Description: Panel discussion on the importance of food security, the prevalence of food deserts in our inner cities, the need to know where your food comes from, food access within the greater Springfield community. This is a collaborative event with HSI STEM, Multicultural Affairs, the School of STEM, and the Department of Urban Studies.
Slated to present are:
• Ibrahim Ali, Director of Agriculture and Youth Programs of Gardening the Community
• Dr. Raja Staggers, assistant professor of sociology
• Jose Lopez-Figueroa, director of Center for Access Services (CAS)
• Dr. Becca Berkey, Director of Service-Learning at Northeastern University
Wednesday, October 21 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Virtual STEM Careers Symposium hosted by STEM Starter Academy
Description: An interactive STCC SSA’s Symposium on STEM Pathways and Careers through Zoom, featuring UMass professors and STEM industry leaders. This symposium will involve talks by distinguished presenters about their STEM career choices, challenges, opportunities, and advice to students. Each panel member will also lead a group discussion on choosing and persevering in a STEM major. Participate and stay inspired. This is a STEM Starter Academy event.
Slated to present are:
• Dr. Trisha Andrews, Associate Professor of Chemistry at UMass, Amherst
• Dr. Brian Neil Levine, Director of the Cybersecurity Institute and Professor of the College of Information and Computer Science at UMass, Amherst
• Dr. Molly Senn-Mcnally, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UMass Medical School–Baystate
• Dr. Carolyn Gardner-Thomas, Assistant Director of the Mathematics for Teaching Program at the Harvard Extension School, and Lecturer of Mathematics Education at Harvard University and UMass, Amherst
Friday, October 23 | 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Exploring Tech Careers with Dell Professionals
Description: Join us to hear and converse with Dell Technologies team members and how they got into the technology field. This is a collaborative event with HSI STEM, the School of STEM, and Dell Technologies.
Slated to present are:
• Deema Alswaimil, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer
• Gabriela Bello, Co-lead of Dell’s Latino Connection North America
• Alfredo Cox Vega
• Kenneth Avilés Padilla, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer
Zahi Haddad: Engineering & Science Transfer faculty:
A video on the sciences of sports and the engineering behind sports equipment (video link)
Sharon Sheng, Engineering faculty
Computer Application in Engineering
Description: This is a project for the class of “Computer Application in Engineering”. Each student in this class is to pair up with 2 other students in a “design team”, and the team is to select a consumer product (or some sub-assembly of a product) and examine the product by disassembling it. Then they will create the 3-D solid models for the entire product (using Solidworks) and finally propose some resign idea to improve the product. (video link)
Optics & Photonics:
Nick Massa, Optics & Photonics faculty:
What is Optics & Photonics?
Description: Optics and Photonics Technology involves the practical application of light, optics, and electronics in applications including laser materials processing, fiber optic communications, precision optical manufacturing & metrology, aerospace & defense, homeland security, medical device fabrication, nanotechnology, and many others. The Optics and Photonics Technology Degree program prepares engineering technicians with the knowledge and skills of lasers, optics, and electronics needed to design, test and maintain complex optics and photonics systems. In this session, we will provide you with an overview of the Optics and Photonics field, the careers available, and some simple optics demonstrations to give you a flavor of what this fascinating technology is all about. Demonstrations will include:
• The disappearing beaker
• What color is a tomato?
• Polarized light art
• Exploring light spectra
• Bending light – Refraction
Video created in his lab (video link)
Ann Simao, Math faculty:
The Mathematics Behind Bin Packing
Description: Do you ever wonder why you get a big bow delivered that only has one small item in it? We will talk about the mathematics behind bin packing. Will you be able to find the most efficient way to package items that need to get shipped?
(video link: How Bin Packing Works)
(curriculum: Why Does My Box Only Have One Small Item In It?)
Sean Collins, President of Governors America Corp. & STCC alum: Video created in their facility (video link)
Tom Minor, MET faculty:
Extreme Precision: Splitting Hairs on a CNC Machine and Measuring Them in the Metrology Lab (video link)
Chuck Ruotolo and Rick Jagadowski, Electronic Systems Eng Tech faculty: Their lab will show a Fanuc robot functioning as a pill sorter with PLC control. They also want to show an Eppendorf video, showing one of their systems being used as part of the new vaccine development. (video link)
Ed Bigos & Andrew Collins, Computer Systems faculty, and Nick Bishop, CSET staff assistant:
What is Computer Systems Engineering Technology?
Description with embedded videos: By 2025 Mobile Internet access is expected to hit 4.3 billion users worldwide. Artificial Intelligence will become more widespread and the current estimated 9 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices which are connected to global information networks is expected to grow beyond 50 billion devices in the next decade.
The Computer Systems Engineering (CSE) program is designed to offer you the training and experience to tackle the IT challenges of today and tomorrow. We pride ourselves on providing a “hands on” kinesthetic education, where you will train on real enterprise grade equipment in one of our well-equipped labs.
We are a proud partner of the Cisco Networking Academy. The Cisco Networking Academy is a learning resource which provides students high quality training materials and simulation tools at no cost to the student. Check out this video about Sergio Sales, and his journey into the Information Technology career, with his training at a Cisco Networking Academy like ours. (Sergio Sales – Cisco Networking Academy) (embedded video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mppZbmPqqCA
There are many pathways, certifications and learning opportunities for students through the Cisco Networking Academy. Check out Cisco’s Interactive Learning Paths (link text to: https://ciscointeractivepathways.com/ ).
Beyond the focus of IT Networking, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become an explosive force on the world stage in recent years. Internet connected devices from the Amazon Microwave, to Smart Cars, Smart Homes and more; have added millions more devices to manage and deploy. In the CSET program, you will explore how to manage and deploy IoT devices in this ever-expanding market. (What is the Internet of Things?) (embedded video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEsKZGOxNKw
With this massive increase in connected devices, now more than ever Cyber Security is a crucial part of building and maintaining networking infrastructure. All of the advancements in the Internet of Things, the worldwide growth of I.T. Networking, and the many other I.T. related systems increase the risk and create many new threats of being attacked. (The World of Cyber Security) (embedded video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR1UWSdR3rY
While there are many levels of Cyber Security defenses, the CSE programs primary focus is on securing the I.T. Networking infrastructure and its devices. CSE graduates are the boots on the ground, the first line of defense against cyber threats and threat actors. In courses such as Computer & Network Security, CSE students explore the fundamentals of Cyber Security and its applications to many different I.T. systems and devices. Students will also explore and work hands on in Cyber Security Operations and Ethical Hacking courses, exploring defensive and offensive technical security aspects.
If you want to enroll in a top of the line, hands on program, with excellent career growth and earning potential, come join us in the Computer Systems Engineering program at STCC. (Link “Computer Systems Engineering” text to: https://www.stcc.edu/explore/programs/cset.as/
Self-Enroll Free Courses: These are self-enroll courses. Students will need to use their first and last name along with an email address to get started.
• Introduction to Cyber Security – The introductory course for those who want to explore the world of Cyber Security. https://www.netacad.com/portal/web/self-enroll/m/course-75943
• Introduction to Linux – The “start from scratch” Linux course. A quick intro to the popular operating system.
• Introduction to Packet Tracer – Enroll to download your free copy of Packet Tracer and learn basic skills with the tool. This tool is essential to learning Cisco Computer I.T. Networking Technologies.
• Introduction to IoT – Start your IoT learning journey here. No experience required.
• Cloud and Virtualization Concepts – Explore the basic concepts of Virtualization and Cloud Computing
Students Need to take the “Introduction to Packet Tracer” before starting the “Introduction to IoT” in order to get the best learning experience.
Brian Candido & Jason Alves, Computer Information Technology faculty: Video detailing the creation of a mobile app (video link)
STEM student events:
STCC Creates Hackathon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOp8qooHo6E&t=1384s
Summer Research Posters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpnbz8xAbW0&t=239s
News article on SSA student working on project to develop sensing eye mask: https://www.wwlp.com/news/health/stcc-student-part-of-team-that-invents-sensing-eye-mask/