Upcoming Events

  • NIU ACM Chapter Meeting

    November 2, 3:30 pm

    Chapter Meeting

What We Do

Activities sponsored by the Student Chapter of the ACM include Homecoming receptions for Computer Science alumni, job search preparation workshops, and resume writing workshops, as well as workshops and seminars on other professional topics.


Unless otherwise indicated, meeting and refreshments are from 3:30-4:00 p.m., and the speaker program is from 4:00-5:00 p.m., both held in PM 253.

**During the pandemic meetings are being held virtualy, please be on the lookout for the link to join the meetings!

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Previous Events

  • Date: January 10, 2018, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Title: Test Event Something New
    Location: PM 256

  • Date: April 14, 2016, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Title: Title TBD
    Location: TBD
    Presenter TBD

  • Date: March 10, 2016, 11:00 pm - 12:30 am
    Title: Talks from Argonne
    Location: PM 253
    Dr. Khaira Reda from Argonne National Laboratory.

  • Date: February 18, 2016, 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Title: Talks from Reuters Corp.
    Location: PM 253
    Thomson Reuters Corp. from Milwaukee, WI.

  • Date: February 2, 2016, 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Title: Talks from Argonne
    Location: PM 253
    Dr. Raj Kettimuthu from Argonne National Laboratory.

  • Date: October 8, 2015, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Title: ACM Meeting
    Location: PM 110
    ACM Meeting with special guests from Compuware and BMC.

  • Date: April 9, 2015, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Title: Officer Elections
    Location: TBD
    NIU ACM Officer Elections

  • Date: March 30, 2015, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Title: Talks with Compuware
    Location: TBD
    Compuware presenting

  • Date: March 19, 2015, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Title: Talks from Argonne
    Location: PM 210
    Silvio Rizzi of Argonne National Laboratory will present "Big Data and Scientific Visualization.

  • Date: February 26, 2015, 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Title: Cryptography and Mobile Development
    Location: PM 210
    R.J. Catalano and Cody Engel, CS majors, will speak. R.J.'s topic is cryptocurrency and the future, and why you will be using Bitcoin in the next five years. Cody will discuss the trials of developing mobile applications at an early-stage startup company. Pizza and pop will be available.

  • Date: October 22, 2014, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Title: BMC Presentation
    Location: LaTourette 200
    BMC presentation. Pizza and pop, compliments of BMC

  • Date: October 10, 2014, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Title: Alumni Talks
    Location: PM 158
    Henry Treftz, an NIU CS alumnus, from DRW, "What does a database administrator do and why should you care? Even if you have absolutely, positively no desire to be one…" Henry Treftz is the Data Services team leader and a production database administrator for DRW Holdings in Chicago. He works with SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL as well as other database platforms. Before joining DRW he worked for a B2B e-commerce company during the .com boom and other firms in the Chicago area as a database administrator and developer. He has BS from NIU (\'91) and an MS in MIS from Benedictine University in Lisle (\'96). He has presented for the International Oracle Users Group annual conference, the SQLConnections Suburban Chicago user group. He has had multiple articles published on SQL Server in the SQL Server Professional newsletter. He also occasionally writes for his blog TheSuburbanDBA. Pizza and pop, compliments of DRW.

  • Date: September 11, 2014, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Title: ACM Meeting
    Location: PM 203
    Two presentations will be made by NIU students, one a graduate student and another an undergraduate. Curt Grimes manages a web development team in Residential Technology within NIU's Housing & Dining and is a second-year graduate student in Computer Science at NIU. He will speak on "Transitioning from Class into the Real World: We all know how to write code for our classes, but how will your programming workflow change when you move into the real world?" This presentation explores some different situations you will encounter when writing software in a team environment and looks at traits that will set you, the developer, apart from everyone else. The second presenter is our very own ACM President, Peter Bernacki. We will also have ACM gifts to pass out.

  • Date: April 24, 2014, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Location: Barsema Alumni Center

    From the ACM and co-hosted by the Computer Science Alumni Council: Steve Goldman of CME Group will present "Low Latency Programming and Hardware Acceleration." Software and hardware approaches to writing super-fast systems. Techniques used in the financial industry to develop trading systems. How Java, C++ and Field Programmable Gate Arrays are used. Free pizza and pop.

  • Date: April 17, 2014, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Title: Discover Financial
    Location: TBD

    Chicago-based Discover Financial Services will be hosting an opportunity for students to meet with Rich McGhee, SVP of Direct Banking and Joel Suchomel, VP of Web/Mobile Application Development and NIU Computer Science Alumnus. Come hear how Discover is transforming their web and mobile development and why Discover is ranked by Computerworld Magazine as one of the Top 100 Places to Work in IT. Free pizza and pop.

    Rich McGhee, Senior Vice President of Direct Banking: Business Technology, has over 25 years of experience in delivering business strategies and technology solutions, primarily in the Financial Services sector. Rich is responsible for supporting Discover\'s credit card and online banking and lending divisions. Prior to Discover, Rich was a SVP in the Technology: Credit Loss Management division of Fannie Mae, located in Washington D.C. Prior to Fannie Mae, Rich was a consultant at IBM and he earned a BS in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

    Joel Suchomel, Vice President of Web/Mobile Application Development, is responsible for developing and implementing the online and mobile strategy for the Discover Card, Discover Bank, Discover Network, Diners Club and Pulse web properties. He is also responsible for all electronic communications with customers including email and SMS. With almost 25 years of experience at Discover, Joel has a proven track record of delivering creative and innovative solutions across Business Technology. Joel is a Northern Illinois University graduate with a BS in Computer Science.

    See NIU\'s Celebrating Excellence website for further activities.

  • Date: March 6, 2014, 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Title: Hybris Chicago
    Location: PM 253

    Mark Sabor, Senior Software Consultant and Certified hybris Core Developer with hybris Chicago will present "Choosing the Appropriate Garbage Collection Strategy." Beginning with a summary of the garbage collectors available in the Java programming language, the presentation will discuss the importance of a well-tuned collector and how it can affect enterprise systems. Focus will be on the Concurrent-Mark-Sweep and G1 collectors and will present pros and cons of each as well as methods to configure and tune each.

    Mark Sabor is a Senior Consultant with hybris Software, an SAP Company. He assists customers in planning and implementing their omni-commerce solution and recently focused on architecture and performance. Prior to hybris Software, Mark developed trading and commerce systems in Java. He earned a BS in Mathematics from NIU in 2002.

  • Date: February 13, 2014, 9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Title: Alex Bratton of Lextech
    Location: PM 253

    Alex Bratton of Lextech (the company that helped us develop our mobile programming certificate) will present "A Real World MBA -- 20 Painful Entrepreneurial Lessons."

    Alex Bratton has founded 11 companies and earned a Real World MBA by making lots of mistakes along the way. He's happy to share those scars with aspiring entrepreneurs so that you can make different mistakes on your path. He'll share 20 lessons about preparation, people, and products.

  • Date: September 12, 2013, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Title: ACM Meeting
    Location: PM 253

    First ACM meeting of the semester.