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Computer science faculty member at Concordia-Chicago receives mentorship award


Dr. Victor Govindaswamy, associate professor of computer science, was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Chicago Section in recognition of his valued service and contributions as a professor and mentor for outreach activities of the IEEE Chicago student branch at Concordia University Chicago.IEEE Certificate of Appreciation

The student branch’s outreach activities include STEM-4NE1, which began at Concordia-Chicago in 2013. The program promotes computer and electronic literacy and the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to at-risk middle and high school youth. The participants use computers to write programs to manipulate robots, learn app design and development, programming languages such as Java and C++, and 3-D game programming. They also work on mathematical puzzles and other computer science-related activities.

“I was completely surprised and honored to receive the award,” says Dr. Govindaswamy. “STEM-4NE1 program is made up of our undergraduate student volunteers, and it is our way of teaching them the importance of giving back to the community. The program is broken up into two main components—the weekly mentoring clinics during fall and spring semesters, and youth robotics camps each summer.”

The Chicago Section of IEEE has been supporting Chicago’s engineers since 1893. IEEE is the world’s largest association of technical professionals, with more than 400,000 members worldwide.