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The SOU Computer Science department, in partnership with the Sustainable Valley Technology Group (, is excited to host local business speakers during lunchtime forums (Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30 pm) throughout the academic year. All Tech Talks will be held in SU 319 unless noted otherwise. Many thanks to the Sustainable Valley Technology Group for providing food at these events!  

In addition to the lunchtime Tech Talks, there is another series of technical presentations, held in the CS Computer Lab (on the mezzanine level of the Main SOU Computer Lab) on occasional Friday afternoons, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, that offer third- and fourth-year CS Majors an opportunity for a hands-on experience with new technology that has not yet been integrated into the CS Curriculum. The Tech Workshops at SOU are conducted by representatives from local tech businesses who introduce students to open-source software used in their businesses. Students are then able to test-drive the software, create their own variations, and present their creations to the group. Tech Workshops offer an all-volunteer opportunity for graduating students to network with local business representatives who may have internships, part-time or full-time positions available. Free pizza is provided by the CS Department.

Check back regularly for updated speaker information for both technical series, and visit the SOU Computer Science Facebook page.






Fall 2014    

October 17


Enterprise Hacking

Tech Workshop

Friday, November 14

Robert Head
and Matti Salokangas


Coding Zeal:

Tech Workshop:
Ruby on Rails

Tuesday, November 18

Jim Teece President & CEO Project A, Inc. Suck Less and Do More: A provocative conversation about what every CS student can do to change the world and get a job
November 26–30: Thanksgiving Holiday
Tuesday, December 2
Priscilla Oppenheimer Independent Network Consultant

Link to Bio


Software Defined Networking

December 812: Final Exam Week
December 13–January 4: Winter Break

Winter 2015

January 23

 Jason DeShazer

Independent Consultant

Tech Workshop: Codename One

February 6

 Monty Zukowski

Temboo & Rogue Hack Lab

Tech Workshop: Python

Tuesday, February 10

 Jeff McJunkin

Senior Technical Analyst

Counter Hack Challenges

Red vs Blue: The difficult (but possible!) job of detecting breaches in cybersecurity

March 6

 Eric Turner


MagicWave Software

Tech Workshop: Swift, Apple's new programming language

March 10

  Dr. Michael      

 CEO  FlowJo, LLC Building Software to Transform Curiosity into Cures:
Hacking the immune system to cure cancer and fight Ebola (View slides here)
March 16–20: Final Exam Week
March 21–29: Spring Break

Spring 2015

Friday, April 17
1:00-3:00 PM
CS 224

Priscilla Oppenheimer

Independent Network Consultant


Tech Workshop: Network Design, with a focus on IP addressing

April 21

Scott Alexander

Senior Software Engineer



Tech Talk: Introduction to Continuous Delivery

Friday, April 24
1:00-3:00 pm
CS Computer Lab

Scott Alexander

Senior Software Engineer



Tech Workshop: Deployment Pipelines: Implementing Continuous Delivery

Tuesday, May 5

Harlan Stenn

Software Developer


Network Time Protocol

Tech Talk:
Computers and Time: Past, Present, and Future

May 11–15: Southern Oregon Arts & Research

May 22

1:00-3:00 pm
Second Floor, Computing Service Center Building (Map)

Jason DeShazer

Kathleen Marrs

Mike Stadnisky

Jim Teece

Valerie Wilson

Freelance Consultant

Product Analyst



Human Resources Manager

OSF, currently

MAG Retail & Media


Project A

BBSI Staffing Agency

Tech Workshop: Professionalism

Five panelists from local businesses will field questions from students on the general, catchall subject of Professionalism; how to get hired, how to get fired, what skills are prized, how to research a prospective employer.

June 2

SU 319

Vinnie Moscaritolo

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff


LinkedIn Bio

Silent Circle

Tech Talk: Crypto-Anarchy - A short history of the crypto wars, and the trials and tribulations of creating the tech that allows you to whisper in someone's ear a thousand miles away


June 8–12: Final Exam Week
Saturday, June 13: Commencement






Past events:
Technology Leaders Speaker Series 2013-2014
Technology Leaders Speaker Series Spring 2013