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Tech Pioneering Alumni Join CSUN Faculty and Students to Highlight Artificial Intelligence

March 7, 2018

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"CSUN alumni lead groundbreaking teams at Facebook, Amazon’s Alexa and one of the top artificial intelligence pioneers in the tech industry. This spring, these alumni leaders are bringing their expertise to share with students and amplify the work happening across the university by innovative faculty and staff.

AI Jam, the student competition featuring some of the brightest ideas in artificial intelligence, kicks off March 2 and features alumnus Michael Diamond ’88 (Engineering). Later in the month alumni Michael McNally ’88 (Computer Science) and Steve Rabuchin ’85 (Organizational Systems Management) return to CSUN to present to the campus community about their careers working with worldwide technology leaders Facebook, Google and Amazon.

“Artificial intelligence is a growing technological trend, and CSUN is at the forefront of that movement,” said CSUN’s Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Hilary J. Baker. “These events showcase how CSUN’s curriculum and learning opportunities continue to evolve, especially in AI. Having our alumni return to campus to speak to our students is most gratifying. These are leaders in the industry, and they are showing our students what is possible with a CSUN education.”

Michael Diamond, NVIDIA.
Photo Courtesy of CSUN Today

On March 2, Diamond, the senior director for Strategic Partnership at NVIDIA, a leader in AI, is the keynote speaker at AI Jam, a competition featuring students solving real-world problems using AI tools. Past events like App Jam – a competition where students developed their own applications for smartphones – and VAR Jam – showcasing virtual and augmented reality creations – have inspired AI Jam. The AI Jam kick-off event is only the beginning, as student teams have a full month to select a problem, learn about AI, create innovative solutions, and present their ideas, culminating in the AI Jam Showcase and Awards Ceremony on April 2."

Read more at CSUN Today