ICS Anteater Athletes Are Driven to Succeed

May 15, 2018

When Jonathan Young talks about a course, his friends in the Donald Bren School of ICS might think he’s talking about a computer science course, but his teammates would likely assume he’s talking about the golf course. The same is true for Ryan O’Connor. Both Young, a senior majoring in computer science, and O’Connor, a senior majoring in business information management, are members of the men’s golf team — recently crowned “Big West Champs!”

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Register Now to “Find the Kind” at Empathy Game Jam

May 11, 2018

Games transport and transform us, so can they also teach us to be more empathetic? Informatics Professor Josh Tannenbaum has been researching this question for quite some time. “A lot of my work is about how to create experiences of identity transformation and empathy through play,” he says. To further this work, he is teaming up with Heidi McDonald, senior creative director at iThrive Games, to organize UCI’s first Empathy Game Jam.

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Inven Global: “Constance Steinkuehler, Professor Of Education At UCI, Reveals Plans To Invite Korean Players And Coaches To The U.S.”

May 8, 2018

The University of California Irvine (UCI) has begun planning their educational program to bring Korean coaches and players to the United States. Introduced by Constance, the professor broke down their intentions to bring Korean Esports representatives to Irvine to not only teach young Esports student enthusiasts at UCI but also help elongate their Esports careers. Let alone the action, the thought itself is revolutionary. No college nor educational program has yet to really push the fence on bringing Korean representatives to the U.S. to teach students.

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Student Spotlight: UCI Helps Jose Vargas Realize Anything Is Possible

May 7, 2018

Jose Angel Vargas, a software engineering major set to graduate in 2019, took a few detours on his way to UCI’s Department of Informatics: attending The Art Institute of California, working at Universal Studios and spending four years at a community college. He’s now on a more direct route to future success, having found his calling in the field of software engineering and landing an internship at Taco Bell Corporate. “Software engineering is perfect for me,” says Vargas. He also seems to have found the perfect fit in choosing UCI. “When I walk these grounds,” he says, “it doesn’t feel like I’m limited by anything.”

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Alumni Spotlights: ICS Grads Help AutoGravity Revolutionize Digital Car Buying

May 1, 2018

What do UCI alumni Kevin Mekhitarian, Shary Sajjadi, Justin Turpin and Johnny Zarate all have in common? These four ICS graduates currently work at AutoGravity, the Irvine startup that surpassed 1 million users in November 2017. Founded in 2015 by Andy Hinrichs, Nicholas Stellman and Serge Vartanov, AutoGravity’s car-buying app lets users find a car and dealership and, within minutes, apply for financing and select a lender.

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Professor Crista Lopes Recognized for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

April 27, 2018

At UCI’s 25th Annual Celebration of Teaching, held on April 26, Informatics Professor Crista Lopes was one of 13 UCI professors to be recognized as a Dean’s Honoree for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Upon learning she had received the award, Lopes, who joined the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) in 2002, says she was “honored and surprised.”

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VRcade Exposes Students to Virtual Reality Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

April 26, 2018

Students had fun stepping into virtual worlds at UCI’s first VRcade event, hosted by the Virtual Reality Development Club (VRDC) in collaboration with UCI Esports. VRDC president Edward Lok says the event, held on April 23 at the Esports Arena, was a “great success,” with approximately 50 people attending throughout the night. “Many students got the chance to try VR for the first time and were completely blown away by it.”

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