Association for Computing Machinery, SEMO


Advisor: Dr. Suhair Amer
President: Stephen Sladek - Computer Information Systems
Vice-President: Andrew Smith - Computer Science
Secretary: Michael Ranciglio - Computer Science
Treasurer: Derek Mandl - Computer Science

ACM-SEMO is a student chapter that is a branch of the international ACM organization. Its focus is on the fostering of interest and learning in the various fields of computer technology. This extends to fields of Computer Science, Networking, Cybersecurity, and Computer Engineering. We host a variety of events, such as hands-on workshops, presentations, social meetups, and trips to other colleges.

Meetings are normally held in Room DH024 at 6:30pm on Mondays. If somebody wants to join, all they have to do is show up to a meeting and sign in. There are no club dues required.


Fall 2017:

  • 8/28 Professional Development Day
    • Career Services came in and talked about what sort of information employers are looking for on a CS student’s resume. We also talked about getting set up on Linkedin.
  • 9/11 Git Boot Camp
    • Had a three-part event where we helped students get setup on Git and Github, had a presentation on using branches in Git, and then got things organized for forming ACM-SIGAI
  • 9/18 Welcome to Linux
    • Michael showed people why Linux is the “superior operating system”
  • 9/25 AI Programming Part 1
    • Stephen held a presentation on setting up Finite State Machines, and Basic Fuzzy Logic
  • 10/2 AI Programming Part 2
    • Andrew Smith gave a more in-depth presentation on Fuzzy Logic
  • 10/9 AI Programming Part 3
    • Dr. Zhang gave a presentation on the current state and future of AI
  • 10/16 Building a Computer
    • Derek brought in a computer to show how the internal components connect. We had an open discussion on what to look for in pc components and where to find good deals.
  • 10/23 Web Dev Workshop
    • Had a workshop where I helped students get started with building their own webpage in HTML/CSS and hosting it on Github
  • 10/30 Hosting Your Own Application
    • Marc Maton came and gave a presentation on how to use various virtual machine applications, and how to set up a web server
  • 11/6 Android App Development
    • Andrew will be giving a presentation on how to use the Android Studio UI and set up a simple Java program
  • 11/11 – 12 Megaminer Trip
    • ACM will be participating in this semester’s Megaminer AI programming competition at Missouri S&T
  • 11/13 Cyber Defense Intro with Cyber Defense Club (maybe)
    • Waiting for a response still, but if it goes through, one of the CDC officers will give a presentation on some Intro level Cyber Defense Concepts
  • 11/27 Meet the SEMO Grads
    • We’ll be bringing in some of the local SEMO CS Alumni to meet with the students and talk about what life is like post-graduation
  • 12/4 Cybersecurity Research
    • Kumar Kashyap will be presenting on his research that he’s done over the past year on the security of IOT devices

For more information please visit our website at

We have a full list of past meetings here.

For next semester we plan to become even more active. We will be attempting to have a speaker brought in through ACM's speaker program. We have also discussed working on a group project where we build a robot.


Dempster Hall 021A

Department of Computer Science
One University Plaza, MS 5950
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701