Newsletter Week 1

Newsletter Week 1!

Semester 2 has started - welcome back to university life, and a particular welcome to our new students!

We’ve already got an exciting calendar of events for this semester - take a look below to find out what’s coming up in the next few weeks. There are still spots free on our schedule so if you have an idea or suggestion, please fill out our event suggestion form or send us an email.

We’re kicking off with the CSSA Meet and Greet on Monday (details below) where you’ll have the opportunity to meet your fellow students and enjoy some free snacks. Wednesday Night Board Games is still running every Wednesday night from 7pm - more details at the Regular Events section at the bottom.

In this week’s newsletter:

  • News
    • Common Room Officers
    • Resignation of Treasurer
    • CECS Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Education 2014
  • Upcoming Events
    • CSSA Meet & Greet
    • Careers Fair
    • Annual General Meeting
  • Other News
    • Position Available for a Junior Developer
  • Regular Events
    • Wednesday Night Board Games
  • Our Sponsors


Common Room Officers

At the end of last semester, we announced the Common Room Subcommittee, which will help in keeping the N102 Common Room open.

We received lots of excellent applications - thank you to everyone who applied!

The 2014 Common Room Officers are:

  • Ben Roberts
  • Jan Leike
  • Stephen Watson
  • Chu Bing
  • Daniel Filan
  • Chanakya Goli

Our intention is to move towards electing the Common Room Officers at
the Annual General Meeting - we’ll have more information on that soon.

Resignation of Treasurer

Our Treasurer, Chanakya Goli, resigned from the committee on 10 July due to personal reasons. Chan was CSSA Social Officer in 2012-13 and was elected Treasurer at the AGM last year. Chan was also a Convenor of CompCon 2013. We thank Chan for his contribution to the CSSA - you’ll still see him around as he’s now a Common Room Officer!

As the next AGM will be held shortly, there will not be a by-election to fill the position. The committee will make arrangements for an interim Treasurer to be appointed shortly.

CECS Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Education 2014 (nominations close Thursday 31 July)

Know an outstanding staff member in CS or Engineering who deserves to be recognised?

Nominations for the CECS Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Education are closing on Thursday 31 July!

There are awards for Teaching Excellence, Excellence in Supervision, and Contributions to Programs that Enhance Student Learning. All students are eligible to nominate, and all staff members in CECS (including part-time/adjunct staff) can be nominated.

For more information, contact

Upcoming Events

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Welcome to the second semester! Come meet new people who are interested in computer science or say hi to old friends. A fun relaxing evening with good company and free food.

Time: Monday, 28th July 2014, 16:00
Location: CSIT N101

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It’s that time of year again! Save the date.

Come along if you’re looking for an internship or a graduate opportunity, or simply wondering what career options are possible.

Join us at Melville Hall to talk to companies interested in hiring ANU students.

Check back later for a list of attending companies.

See you there, and bring a resume!

Time: Wednesday, 20th August 2014, 15:00 - 17:00
Location: Melville Hall

Annual General Meeting

The 2014 Annual General Meeting has been called for Thursday 21 August - details of the exact time and location will be announced shortly.

Among other things, we’ll be electing the 2014-15 Committee. We’re looking for enthusiastic members who can take the club forward into next year - if this sounds like something you’re interested in, please consider joining the committee! It’s good fun! We promise!

More information about the AGM and the election will be available soon.

Time: Thursday, 21st August 2014, Time TBD
Location: CSIT N101

Other News

Position Available for a Junior Developer (email)

We are a small Australian Private Investment Firm that focuses on developing in-house IP to identify trading opportunities in financial markets. We are currently looking to expand our IT Services team by bringing on a Junior Developer on a part-time basis whom will assist the IT Manager on various development projects.

Skills and experience:

  • Development experience with a background in C#/.NET
  • Experience designing relational MS SQL Server databases
  • Object orientated design and analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Understanding and passion for software quality assurance and process improvement

If interested: email your CV and any potential questions to

Research Assistant/Programmer

Ever consider working in financial services? Interested in working with a trader who has both experience in trading at top tier global investment banks and has extensively researched the financial markets to develop profitable trading systems? I am an ex-investment bank trader who now trades 70 global commodity futures markets systematically. I am experiencing strong returns and looking to grow. To facilitate that growth, I am looking for a graduate level student or a very strong undergraduate student to help support my business. The work would involve both researching improvements to trading strategies and programming the results into an automated system. This could be your opportunity to fast forward a career in trading the global financial markets.

Ideal (but not completely required) skill set would be:

  • Programming experience in C#
  • Basic computer science foundations (OO Programming, data structures, algorithms)
  • Statistics and probability knowledge
  • Machine learning and statistical learning knowledge
  • Interest in and/or knowledge about the financial markets
  • Exceptionally strong desire to move ahead in career rapidly and strong desire to succeed
  • Experience with Matlab and excel/vba

The job is part-time with the potential for more down the road as the business evolves.

For more information please contact me at Craig Allen

Regular Events

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Take a Ticket to Ride and Come Settle in our Dominion at CSSA board games night! CSSA board games night is Articulate. Other board game nights are Absolute Balderdash.

Time: Wednesdays, 19:00 - Late
Location: CSIT N101

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Our Sponsors


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