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Collaboration among Chicago State University and Institutions in Türkiye

In a momentous event fostering international academic collaboration, Turkish delegates from Kirikkale University and Islamic Science History Research Foundation (IBTAV) paid a visit to Chicago State University (CSU) on October 12, 2023, marking the beginning of a promising partnership. Dr. Mohammad Abdus Salam, Chairman of the Department of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences, and Technology, in collaboration with Dr. Devi Prasad Potluri, Associate Provost for School of Graduate and Professional Studies and Mrs. Katherine Haan, Director, PDSO, Global Engagement Office hosted this event. The following delegates attended hosted by the CSU.



  • Ersan Aslan, Rector, Kirkkale University, Vice President of the Board of Directors, IBTAV
  • Mercit Çetinkaya, President, Board of Directors, IBTAV
  • Zeynep Başer, Head of International Office, Kirikkale University
  • Osman Kadara, Southern University, Liaison for Türkiye
  • Mehtap Kandara, Southern University



The delegation, representing esteemed institutions from Türkiye, engaged in discussions aimed at enhancing collaborative efforts in research and facilitating student exchange programs. The visit included a special focus on interactions with the faculty members from the Department of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences, and Technology. This strategic meeting allowed for the exchange of ideas, expertise, and perspectives, paving the way for future joint research endeavors and academic initiatives between the Turkish institutions and Chicago State University. The shared commitment to advancing knowledge and fostering cross-cultural understanding is expected to yield fruitful outcomes for both academic communities, as well as contribute to the global advancement of education and research.



Deloitte Cloud Institute: CloudStart Program


Over two dynamic days on October 27-28, 2023, the Department of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences, and Technology (CIMST) at Chicago State University demonstrated its commitment to cutting-edge education as more than 30 undergraduate and graduate students actively participated in the "Deloitte Cloud Institute: CloudStart Program" intensive workshop. Held at the Deloitte Office in Chicago Downtown, the workshop provided an invaluable opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the intricacies of cloud computing. Noteworthy attendees included Dean Mark Smith, Dean Derrick Collins, and Dr. Mohammad Abdus Salam, Chairman of the CIMST Department, all of whom contributed to the vibrant exchange of knowledge and ideas. This collaborative engagement not only enriched the educational experience for the students but also strengthened the ties between academia and industry, fostering a bridge for the practical application of theoretical concepts in the realm of computing and technology. We would like to thank Deloitte for providing this opportunity to our students. Special thanks go to Rahim Green, Senior Manage, Mikayla Nash, Deloitte Consultant, and Will Thomas, Deloitte Consultant. The participants received voucher to complete the Google Cloud Digital Leader Certification.


Students Participation in Cyberforce Competition

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The Department of Energy's Cyberforce Competition [] , held at the Q Center in Charleston, IL on November 3-4, 2023, witnessed the enthusiastic participation of five students from the Chicago State University for the first time. This event, aimed at fostering cybersecurity skills and promoting collaboration, provided an excellent platform for our students to showcase their talents and learn from industry experts.

Participants and Teams:

Chicago State University proudly entered a team of five students [Abiodun Soneye, D’Kaila Price, Rayshond Hall, Wasiu Adedamola, and Yonathan Getachew] from the Department of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences, and Technology (CIMST) who demonstrated commendable dedication and passion throughout the competition. The diverse skill sets of our participants contributed to the formation of a well-rounded team, creating a conducive environment for collaborative problem-solving




Performance Highlights:

Despite being first-time participants, our students displayed a remarkable performance that exceeded expectations. Their ability to navigate complex challenges and adapt to dynamic scenarios showcased not only their technical expertise but also their resilience under pressure. The team's collaboration and effective communication were key factors contributing to their above-average performance.

Learning Outcomes:

Participation in the Cyberforce Competition offered our students a unique opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in a practical setting. The hands-on challenges provided a valuable learning experience, allowing them to develop and refine their cybersecurity skills. Exposure to diverse scenarios enhanced their problem-solving capabilities and expanded their understanding of current cybersecurity threats.

Dr. Mohammad Abdus Salam, Chairman of the CIMST Department along with Professor Kristen Griffin accompanied the students competition.





The Department of Energy's Cyberforce Competition proved to be an enriching experience for our students, highlighting their potential and capabilities in the field of cybersecurity. The success of our first-time participants is a testament to the quality of education and preparation provided by our institution. We look forward to future opportunities for our students to excel in similar competitions and contribute to the ever-evolving field of cybersecurity.

Strong Start projects with P33 Chicago and PWC


The Department of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences, and Technology (CIMST) at Chicago State University received invaluable support through the Strong Start projects facilitated by P33Chicago and PWC. The culmination of this support was marked by the final presentation held on November 15, 2023, showcasing the collaborative efforts between the university and these influential organizations. Under the guidance of Prof. Kristen Griffin, whose expertise played a pivotal role, students demonstrated the outcomes of their projects, reflecting the practical application of knowledge gained. The event was graced by the presence of Dean Mark Smith and Dr. Mohammad Abdus Salam, who extended a warm welcome to esteemed guests from P33Chicago and PWC. This partnership not only enhances the academic experience for students but also underscores the department's commitment to fostering meaningful connections with industry leaders, facilitating a seamless integration of academia and real-world applications in the ever-evolving field of computing and technology.


Invited Speech: OQI Fellowship and Quantum Games by Dr. Russell Ceballos
Attendees: Professors: Dr. Mohammad Abdus Salam, Dr. Kapila Attele, Dr. Prabhakarrao Achanta, and Dr. Jan-Jo Chen
Students: Asim Gasmelseid, D'Kaila Price, Pradip Barvaliya, Kawanun Moore, Neha Pathan, Bralatei Toikumoh, Emiliano Casadero, Wasiu Adedamola, Amoni Midderhoff, and Reed Gahagan.

Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE)

Open Quantum Initiative Undergraduate Fellowship Program



Computer Science students eagerly engage with the exciting opportunities offered by the Open Quantum Initiative Undergraduate Fellowship Program, gaining insights and inspiration from the esteemed speaker Dr. Russell Ceballos.

On December 8, 2023, the Department of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences, and Technology (CIMST) at Chicago State University showcased its unwavering commitment to advancing education through a compelling presentation by Dr. Russell R Ceballos from Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE). The event introduced the highly anticipated Open Quantum Initiative (OQI) Undergraduate Fellowship Program offered by CQE, aimed at providing students at CSU with invaluable research experience in the realm of quantum science and engineering. The OQI Fellowship Program provides undergraduates with a unique chance to explore quantum information science and engineering (QISE) through hands-on projects in cutting-edge laboratories and research groups. This initiative not only facilitates connections with influential figures in academia and industry but also acts as a launchpad for students to explore diverse career paths in applied quantum research. Working on challenging QISE projects during the summer, students collaborate with research groups across prestigious institutions like the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and others. The program begins with an illuminating industry site visit to quantum-focused companies, such as IBM Research and HRL Laboratories, and concludes with the OQI Research Symposium, where participants showcase their groundbreaking research to a distinguished audience of current and past OQI cohorts, faculty, and industry partners.



Under the guidance of Dr. Jan-Jo Chen, Professor of the Computer Science, student Joseph Oluwole received this prestigious fellowship in 2022.

The event was graced by the presence of Dr. Mohammad Abdus Salam, Chairman of the CIMST Department, Dr. Kapila Attele, Dr. Prabhakarrao Achanta, and Dr. Jan-Jo Chen, who extended a warm welcome to esteemed speaker Dr. Russell R Ceballos from Chicago Quantum Exchange. This fellowship opportunity has not only enhanced the educational journey for the students but has also fostered stronger connections between academia and industry. We would like to thank Dr. Russell R Ceballos from Chicago Quantum Exchange for providing this prestigious fellowship opportunity to our students. 

doctorsDr. Mohammad Abdus Salam, Chairman of the CIMST Department, Dr. Kapila Attele, and Dr. Jan-Jo Chen met with the speaker Dr. Russell R Ceballos, Assoc. Director of Curriculum and Education Partnership - Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE). 

On the crisp afternoon of February 2nd, 2024, Chicago State University (CSU) radiated with a palpable sense of pride and accomplishment as it hosted the prestigious ComEd Scholars Recognition Event. The occasion marked a significant milestone in the university's ongoing commitment to fostering academic excellence and nurturing promising talent within its student body.


Amidst the stately halls of CSU, adorned with the echoes of scholarly pursuit, distinguished guests gathered to celebrate the inaugural recipients of the esteemed ComEd Scholarship. Among those in attendance were President Z Scott, a beacon of leadership whose vision illuminated the path of educational empowerment; John Robak, Chair of the Chicago State Foundation, whose unwavering dedication laid the foundation for transformative philanthropy; Evelyn Rodriguez Estrada, the Director of Corporate Community Impact at ComEd, whose tireless advocacy championed the cause of educational equity; and Gil Quiniones, the esteemed CEO of ComEd, whose commitment to innovation and social responsibility reshaped the landscape of corporate stewardship.


Dr. Leslie Roundtree, the esteemed Provost of CSU, stood as a steadfast pillar of academic excellence, guiding the university towards new heights of scholarly achievement. As the event unfolded, the halls resonated with the collective enthusiasm of faculty, staff, and students alike, each eager to witness the unfolding of a landmark occasion.

At the heart of the celebration lay the remarkable achievements of CSU's brightest minds—two students (Isa Abdussalam and Jose Villa) from the esteemed Department of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences, and Technology (CIMST) and two (Thomas Sieka and Xavier McGowan) from the Department of Physics—whose dedication, resilience, and academic prowess had earned them the prestigious ComEd Scholarship. Their names, now etched in the annals of excellence, served as a testament to the transformative power of education and the boundless potential that resides within the corridors of learning.

As the ceremony unfolded, words of inspiration and gratitude filled the air, weaving a tapestry of hope and possibility that transcended the confines of academia. Each speaker, with heartfelt sincerity, expressed their profound appreciation for the unwavering commitment of the scholarship recipients and the transformative impact of their academic pursuits. In the hallowed halls of CSU, amidst the echoes of history and the promise of tomorrow, the ComEd Scholars Recognition Event stood as a beacon of hope, unity, and boundless possibility.

CIMST Department Participates in Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ILSAMP) Program

The Department of Computing, Information, Mathematical Sciences, and Technology (CIMST) at Chicago State University proudly participated in the Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ILSAMP) program held on February 23-24, 2024. This significant event took place at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg - Chicago, located at 1800 E. Golf Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173.


Established in 1993 and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the ILSAMP program is dedicated to increasing the number of minority students in STEM fields. The event provided an excellent platform for students, faculty, and industry professionals to engage, share knowledge, and promote diversity in STEM education and careers.
Several faculty members including Dr. Rohan Attele, Dr. Mousa Ayyash, and Dr. Elaina Khasawneh from the CIMST department served as judges for various competitions, contributing their expertise to assess the innovative projects presented by the participants. Additionally, other faculty members delivered insightful presentations on current research and developments in the fields of computing, information, and mathematical sciences.



The CIMST department also hosted an information desk at the event, under the guidance of Dr. Mohammad Abdus Salam, the department chair. Dr. Salam was actively engaged with attendees, providing detailed information about the department's programs, initiatives, and opportunities available at Chicago State University. During the event, Dr. Salam had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. LeRoy Jones II, the former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who is now serving as a program director for the NSF Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. This meeting further strengthened connections within the academic community and highlighted the collaborative efforts to support minority participation in STEM.


Overall, the participation of the CIMST department in the ILSAMP program highlights our commitment to fostering diversity and excellence in STEM. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the ILSAMP program and other initiatives that support minority participation in these crucial fields.

On Tuesday, April 9, 2024, the Department of Computing, Information and Mathematical Sciences, and Technology (CIMST) hosted an AI Talk at Chicago State University in collaboration with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students, gathered in the lecture hall, eagerly awaiting the much-anticipated research presentations by two promising PhD students: Christopher Clarke and Siyang Liu.

Dr. Mohammad Abdus Salam, the esteemed department chair, stood at the front of the room, his warm smile welcoming everyone to the event he had meticulously organized. The atmosphere was charged with intellectual curiosity as the audience settled into their seats, ready to delve into the cutting-edge research that lay ahead.


Christopher Clarke took to the stage first, his confidence evident as he began his presentation on "Towards Enhanced Human-AI Interaction: A Holistic Approach to Personalization in Natural Language Processing." With poise and clarity, he articulated his vision for revolutionizing human-AI interaction through personalized natural language processing systems. His research promised to bridge the gap between users and AI, fostering more intuitive and effective communication channels.


As Christopher concluded his presentation to rousing applause, Siyang Liu stepped forward, poised to share her insights on "Task-Adaptive Tokenization: Enhancing Long-Form Text Generation Efficacy in Mental Health." With a blend of expertise and passion, Siyang delved into her innovative approach to improving long-form text generation in the realm of mental health. Her research aimed to empower AI systems to generate tailored content, potentially revolutionizing support services in this critical domain.


Dr. Salam beamed with pride as he witnessed the intellectual exchange unfolding before him. This event epitomized the spirit of collaboration and innovation that defined the CIMST department, showcasing the dedication of its faculty and the brilliance of its students.


As the event drew to a close, the audience dispersed, their minds buzzing with inspiration and ideas sparked by the research presented. Christopher Clarke and Siyang Liu had left an indelible mark on the CIMST community, their contributions poised to shape the future of human-AI interaction and mental health support through the power of technology and innovation.