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Sad News for the CS Department

The Computer Science Department is deeply saddened to announce that Dr. Miroslav (Mike) Martinovic passed away on Tuesday, February 24 after a battle with cancer.  Dr. Martinovic has been a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at TCNJ since 2000, and was chair of the department from Fall 2005 till Spring 2014. He is remembered fondly by faculty, students and staff as a valued colleague, teacher, mentor, advisor, and friend.

The viewing will be on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Rd., Richboro, PA, 18954.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dr. Martinovic’s memory may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 550, Chicago, IL, 60631.

The obituary has been posted on the website of Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home (

You can see an article about him on the School of Science website at

Feel free to contact Dr. Pulimood ( or Ms. Zsilavetz ( with questions.  Additionally, you may call the office at 609.771.2268.

Call for Computer Science Representatives

Interested in volunteering as a Computer Science Department Representative?  There’s an app—lication for that!

The Computer Science Department is always looking for students who can assist with recruiting and departmental events throughout the academic year.

As a CS Volunteer, you can…

  • Serve as a peer-mentor for new or transfer students
  • Assist faculty with presentations and Q&A during Spring semester open houses and Accepted Students Day
  • Meet with prospective students to answer their questions about the CS Department and/or allow the student to shadow you for the day
  • Help with set-up for departmental events like colloquium and Commencement

When you fill out an application, make sure that you include your name, TCNJ email address, and the dates you’re available to assist.

If you’d like to help out with in-house set-up (for seminars or capstone presentations) as needed or can only be available for set-ups, please send your contact information to Ms. Zsilavetz at

Completed forms can be sent to or dropped off in the Computer Science Office in Forcina 413.  You’ll receive email or phone-call confirmation of the events you’ve been arranged to volunteer at as the semester progresses.

Spring 2015 Registration Redux

Spring 2015 course rosters have been stabilized and currently there are no seats open in most Computer Science courses.

You can use this form to let us know of Computer Science courses that you still would like to take in Spring 2015, should seats become available:

Please note that YOU are responsible for ensuring that

  • you have the necessary pre-requisites for each course that you select,
  • you will have no time conflicts in the revised schedule,
  • you are able to drop a conflicting course before selecting a new CS course.

After January 20, 2015, we will enroll students from the wait list, if there are available seats

Email cs [at] tcnj [dot] edu if you have further questions.

Celebration of Computing: December 3

Come join the Computer Science Department for the Fall 2014 Celebration of Computing on Wednesday, December 3 in Forcina Hall (fourth floor).

Lunch will be served between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM outside the student lounge.

From 1:00 to 3:00 PM, students who are enrolled in a mentored research or internship experience will present their capstone posters, while students in the Mobile Computing class will present their projects.  Make sure that you complete a student feedback form for the presentations you attend and deposit the forms in the boxes outside the Department Office (413) and Forcina 408 before you leave for the day.

Still not sure what to expect?  Check out some pictures from last year’s Celebration of Computing.  You can also email for more information.

Hope to see you there!

Spring 2015 Registration Wait List Closed

The registration period for Spring 2015 is over and the CS wait list is now closed. We have completed the process of going through the wait list and have allocated seats to students based on requests and availability.

If you did not get into a course you wanted, you can take it when it’s next offered. All core / required courses will be offered in the fall and / or spring of the next academic year. You are also welcome to monitor the course on PAWS and sign yourself in if someone drops it and frees up a seat.

Spring 2015 Registration

Registration is here and upper level CS courses are filling up quickly! There are some seats reserved for CS majors in all the upper level courses. After your registration windows opens, if the class you need is closed, put yourself on the waiting list using the form here:

 Be sure to enter all the information requested.

As seats open up during the registration window, we will enroll students in order based on their registration times and time they registered on the wait list.

Email cs [at] tcnj [dot] edu if you have further questions.

Spring 2015 Registration Newsletter



Computer Science Colloquium: November 7

The third Computer Science Colloquium of the semester will be held on Friday, November 7.  Mr. Shawn Sivy, Director of Networking & Technical Services at TCNJ, will give a talk entitled “This Is Not Your Home Network: Understanding the Design of the TCNJ Wireless and Wired Networks, How They Work, and How To Get the Most Out of Them”.

Please join CS faculty and students in Science Complex Room P101 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Summer Undergraduate Research Project Leads to a Peer-reviewed Publication

(The following article and faculty profile were written by Danielle Leng and published on the School of Science’s webpage)

During TCNJ’s Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) 2014, Dr. Dimitris Papamichail worked together with computer science student Nathan Gould (’17) and biology student Oliver Hendy (’15) to study different computer programs that answer biological questions through the use of synthetic genes. Their summer-long efforts have culminated into a peer-reviewed paper that was published in the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.

Synthetic biology is an interdisciplinary science, promoting the utilization of algorithms to create novel biological systems. By using computer biological models, scientists are able to further gene and protein research in terms of their structure and function and create novel drugs and vaccines. Specifically, Papamichail and his research students are looking into tools that aid the design of synthetic genes. Each tool utilizes different algorithms and provides varying lists of pros and cons.

Hendy and Gould were able to obtain experience researching the various computer programs, but also have their efforts showcased in a published paper. Their publication stems from Papamichail’s current research on improving algorithms for synthetic gene design.

– Danielle Leng

Internship Information Sessions

The Computer Science Department will be holding two informational sessions about internships this semester.

Dates and times are as follows:

Wednesday, 10/29, 12 – 1 PM

Wednesday, 11/5,  6 – 7 PM

Both sessions will be held in Forcina 408.

If you plan on applying for an internship at some point in your curriculum, you must attend one informational session prior to submitting your application.  Additional info sessions will be planned in future semesters.  (If you don’t plan to do an internship as a capstone experience, you do not need to attend a session.)


Computer Science Colloquium: October 24

The second Computer Science Colloquium of the semester will be held on Friday, October 24.  Mr. Matthew Tom-Wolverton (TCNJ ’10) of Tumblr will give a talk entitled “Behind the Scenes at Tumblr”.  An abstract of his talk can be found below.

Please join CS faculty and students in Education Building 113 from 12:30 – 1:30 PM for this talk.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Curious about what it’s like to work on a site that has millions of users every day? I’ll give you a peek into life at Tumblr, my experiences scaling our advertising, and some of the other things I’ve done and learned here, as well as the journey of how I wound up here in the first place.

From the early days programming BASIC on an Atari 800XL, to his college years (TCNJ Class of ’10!), to currently leading the Ads Engineering team at Tumblr, Matthew has always had a passion for building cool stuff. His tools of choice include PHP, vi, and the Canon 6D.

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