This page lists the committees within the CS department, along with their duties and the members for the current 2011-2012 academic year. Note that the descriptions of duties haven't been updated. -- JonathanGordon - 2011-12-08

Admissions

Each grad student performs three main tasks in support of the admissions process, providing relevant feedback from each:

  • review applications
  • participate in face-to-face interviews during applicant weekend
  • participate in phone interviews with foreign candidates.
This committee is open to students who have completed their first year. It requires very little to none of your time in the fall, but is very time-consuming in the spring.

Current Members :

  • Naushad UzZaman (czar)
  • Konstantinos Menychtas
  • Tivadar Papai
  • Chetan Bhole
  • Licheng Fang
  • Adam Sadilek
  • Li Lu

Bulletin Boards

The bulletin board committee sets and enforces the BulletinBoardRules

Current Members :

  • Bin Bao (czar)
  • Syed Ashker Mujib

Lab

The main tasks would be to help with equipment & space planning and acquisition. Attend lab committee meetings and provide feedback to student body. Act as liaison to staff for grad concerns regarding hardware/software. Oversee the use of the shared /usr/grads/ file space and policies for its use.

Faculty Members:

  • ???
Current Members:
  • Jonathan Gordon (czar)
  • Hongzhou Zhao

Snack Bar/Entertainment

  • Check the lounge stock status regularly (once for week).
  • Restock when necessary taking care of maintaining an inventory and tracking the expenses.
  • Maintain the lounge machine (configuration, patches, etc.)
  • Provide food for and clean after happy hour.
  • Periodically ask for feedback from the lounge users to renew the items available and/or improve the service.
  • Keep in order the shelves and the refrigerator in the lounge.
  • This job takes about two hours every few weeks.
Current Members :
  • Walter Lasecki (czar)
  • Stan Park
  • Kyle Liddell
  • Jansen Orfan
  • Syed Ashker Mujib
  • Yi Chu

Event/Social Activity Coordinate

Coordinate with staff on all sorts of social events such as picnic, party, open house etc..

Current Members :

  • Mehdi Hafezi Manshadi (czar)
  • Kate Lang
  • Anna Loparev
  • Shantonu Hossain
  • Jansen Orfan

Photo Board/Publicity

Place pictures of new students/faculty/staff on the photo board, and remove photos of people who are no longer part of the department. This is basically a one-time job which should be completed as early as possible in the fall semester, preferably by the time the state of the department talk is given. It should take no more than a few hours to complete.

Current Members :

  • Daphne Liu (czar)
  • Andrew Reinders

Grad. Curriculum

Each grad student reviews the comprehensive questions from multiple areas and provides feedback on difficulty and relevance. This committee is available to anyone who has passed all of their comprehensive exams. Since COMPS is under debate, this committee currently merges with Grad Curriculum committee.

Faculty Members:

  • ???
Current members
  • Qi Ge (czar)
  • Elif Eyigoz
  • Tongxin Bai
  • Luke Dalessandro
  • Curtis Menton

Grad. Representative

Acts as a liason between the graduate students and faculty. Attends faculty meetings and provides relevant feedback to graduate students. This is an elected position, the election for which takes place at the end of the summer. Any student who has successfully defended their thesis proposal is eligible to be the graduate representative.

Current rep: Amal Fahad

GOG Representative

  • Attend GOG meetings.
  • Optionally participate in a GOG committee.
  • Distribute GOG publications (work with staff on this).
  • Communicate with University on behalf of CS graduates.
Current Member:

  • Erin Lee Brady (czar)
  • Carolyn Keenan

Cleanup: Kitchen

General maintenance of kitchen appearance: including but not limited to periodically cleaning the counters and microwave ovens. The custodial staff only cleans the floors and empties the trash, so anything else you see you should clean. Its especially important to clean before and after faculty/student candidate visits.

Current Members:

  • Kate Lang (czar)
  • Scott Ames
  • Carolyn Keenan
  • Hao Luo
  • Rahmnan Lavaee Mashhadi
  • Ian Perera
  • Iftekhar Naim
  • Shantonu Hossain
  • Ryan Yates
  • Young Chol Song
  • Phyo Thiha
  • Andrew Reinders
  • Lingxiang Xiang
  • Tiantong Yu
  • Yu Zhong
  • Yang Yang
  • Liang Xian
  • Ravi Teja Koganti

Cleanup: Lounge

  • General maintenance of lounge appearance.
  • Clean beforer faculty/student candidate visits or grad meetings with visiting speakers.
  • "Prune" the magazine collection (keeping only the most recent issues of each).
  • Not responsible for cleaning before/after happy hour or receptions.
Current Members:
  • Stan Park (czar)
  • Jonathan Gordon
  • Xiaoya Xiang
  • Phyo Thiha
  • Marzieh Bazrafshan
  • Walter Lasecki

Cleanup: Lab

Maintain reasonable lab maintenance schedule, especially just prior to faculty/student candidate visits. This assignment takes very little time; ten minutes of picking up a week is probably sufficient to keep things looking nicely.

Current Members:

  • Yi Chu (czar)
  • Elif Eyigoz

Cleanup: Mail Room

  • Anna Loparev (czar)
  • Ryan Yates
  • Ian Perera
  • Young Chol Song

Web

The responsibilities of the web committee are to:

  • Maintain/update/administer department homepage.
  • Organize the department wiki and publish guidelines about its organization.
  • Maintain other high-level department webpages not managed by other committees.
  • Maintain department website structure/framework/look.
  • "Czar" maintains research page, users page and subway map.
  • Referee web page ownership.
  • Consider web server configuration issues.
Faculty members
  • ???
Current Members
  • Erin Lee Brady
  • Adam Purtee
  • Lingxiang Xiang

Undergrad. Curriculum

Identify and discuss issues involved with undergraduate curriculum.

Faculty members

  • ???
Current Members
  • Satyaki Mahalanabis (czar)
  • Scott Ames
  • Yu Zhong

Publication

Work with staff to collect recent publication of grads/faculty/researchers, help distribute external publication.

Current Member:

  • Hongzhou Zhao (czar)
  • Curtis Menton
  • Xiaoming Gu

Student Transition

  • Maintain the new student transition webpage(s).
  • Contact new students and welcome them to the area.
  • Pick out of town students w/o vehicle up from airport upon arrival, transport them to their housing arrangments.
  • Provide information about everyday living (housing, banking, public transportation), all the things you would have liked to know your first week in Rochester.
Current Members:
  • Xiaoya Xiang (czar)
  • Hongzhou Zhao
  • Shantonu Hossain
  • Zhuan Chen
  • Brandon Shroyer
  • Bin Bao

Recycling

  • Make sure that the recycling bins do not fill to overflowing.
  • Return the refundable recyclables for a refund and properly dispose of non-refundable recyclables.
  • The small bins have non-refundable items which can be put out in the blue recycling bins to be collected by your disposal company.
  • This assignment takes an hour or so every three or four weeks.
Current Members:
  • Tagyoung Chung (czar)
  • Iftekhar Naim
  • Zhuan Chen
  • Hao Luo
  • Rahman Lavaee Mashhadi
  • Tiantong Yu

Recruiting

Faculty members
  • ???
Current Members:
  • Adam Purtee (czar)
  • Tagyoung Chung
  • Ryan Yates
  • Marzieh Bazrafshan
  • Brandon Shroyer
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