Microsoft Project Manager and MSU alum Blankenship to speak at Conference

Microsoft Project Manager and MSU alum Blankenship to speak at Conference

On April 5, computer science and engineering students from colleges and universities across Texas and Oklahoma will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Midwestern State University's Bolin Science Hall to feature their research projects and presentations. High school students have been invited to observe the event.

This year's keynote speaker is Ed Blankenship, Project Manager for Visual Studio at Microsoft. The MSU graduate has been named a Microsoft MVP for the past five years. He is the author of the book Professional Team Foundation Server 2012. All MSU students, faculty, and staff are invited to the keynote address at 9 a.m. in Bolin 100.

The 18th Annual North Texas Area Student Conference (NTASC) is a one-day event sponsored by the Department of Computer Science and chaired by computer science professor Dr. Ranette Halverson. What sets the conference apart from traditional events is that the focus is placed on the presentation of papers and projects by the students themselves, graduate and undergraduate, relating to their experiences in computing and engineering. Presentations will include individual or team projects, research efforts, and major classroom assignments.

The conference is an opportunity for students and faculty to share ideas and experiences while participating in a professional conference at no fee. For high school students, the conference provides a firsthand look at college-level projects in computer science and engineering-related fields and a preview of what they can expect while pursuing a university degree. More than 150 college and high school students from across the region will attend the conference, along with MSU President Jesse Rogers; MSU Vice Presidents Robert Clark and Marilyn Fowle; Dr. Lynn Little, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics; and professors from other Texas and Oklahoma universities.

Universities represented include Cameron University, Tarleton State University, Texas Tech University, and the University of North Texas.

For more information, call (940) 397-4702.