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Army Ants high schoolers named National Merit semifinalists

A quartet of participants from the Army Ants FIRST Robotics high school team, hosted by Mizzou Engineering in the Agricultural Engineering building, were selected as National Merit semifinalists recently. Four of the 18 in the city of Columbia participate in the program, which is led by MU Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering Professor Kevin Gillis. Teresa Tang (Hickman High School), Louise Schul and Leo Zhuang (Rock Bridge), and Nick Slusher (Tolton) are one step closer to earning a prestigious scholarship,…

Cloudflare’s network boosts security and performance for IBM Cloud customers

Today our partner IBM® announced the general availability of Cloud Internet Services (CIS) Enterprise. It marks a significant step forward in the partnership that we announced at the IBM THINK event in March. CIS delivers security and performance to IBM Cloud® customers’ internet applications. It brings together Cloudflare’s 150+ points of presence with IBM Cloud’s 60 data centers, stopping attacks before they can even reach the IBM Cloud. CIS Enterprise is integrated into IBM Cloud, allowing IBM Cloud customers to…

Capacity planning for Etsy’s web and API clusters

Capacity planning for the web and API clusters powering etsy.com has historically been a once per year event to gain an understanding of the capacity of the clusters in our datacenters that often consisted of a heterogeneous mix of hardware. This was usually done a couple of weeks before the time we call Slush. Slush (a word play on code freeze) is the time range of approximately 2 months around the holidays where we deliberately decide to slow down our…

Goldwater Scholarship helps MU Engineering duo grow their research

Luke Guerdan and Evan Teters were among the 211 Goldwater Scholarship winners selected from a pool of 1,280 natural sciences, mathematics and engineering students nationwide. Last March, roommates Luke Guerdan and Evan Teters were two of three Missouri residents awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for 2018. Now, nearly seven months later, the pair is as dedicated to their research as ever. Guerdan and Teters were among the 211 winners selected from a pool of 1,280 natural sciences, mathematics and engineering…

MU researcher builds upon groundbreaking cybersecurity work

ReWire is a language that helps safeguard against cybersecurity threats at the highest possible security levels. The goal is to eliminate the possibility of error, human or otherwise, while maintaining the strictest possible security. And Bill Harrison, right, is just the guy for the job. MU Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Bill Harrison has long been a prolific researcher in the world of cybersecurity, embedded systems and high-assurance computing. A longtime collaborator with the U.S. Naval Research Lab (NRL),…

Alumnus helps solidify strength of construction management minor

Sherman Honeycutt, seen here with Carlos Sun, earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Mizzou in 1974. Sherman Honeycutt has made a career out of construction management. And now he’s paying his love of the industry forward as MU Civil and Environmental Engineering reintroduces its construction management minor. Honeycutt earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Mizzou in 1974. He went on to become president at Design & Construction Management Services, Inc. in the, San Francisco Bay Area.…

Building the Contacts Platform at LinkedIn

We had two services and three different databases supporting contacts and calendar use cases. Address Book Service, written in Java, acted as a backed service to ingest contacts from email import flow and mobile uploads. Connected Service, which originally came as a part of LinkedIn’s acquisition of ConnectedHQ, is written in Python and periodically syncs contacts from third-party sources. Oracle was used by the Address Book Service to store contact data and Connected Service used MySQL and Espresso to store…

Michelangelo PyML: Introducing Uber’s Platform for Rapid Python ML Model Development

By Kevin Stumpf, Stepan Bedratiuk, and Olcay Cirit As a company heavily invested in AI, Uber aims to leverage machine learning (ML) in product development and the day-to-day management of our business. In pursuit of this goal, our data scientists spend considerable amounts of time prototyping and validating powerful new types of ML models to solve Uber’s most challenging problems (e.g., NLP based smart reply systems, ticket assistance systems, fraud detection, and financial and marketplace forecasting). Once a model type…

Musser leading the way in MU’s IT online course charge

“If you have more of a focus online, you come to the conclusion that regardless of if its online or offline, there are better ways to do this, more engaging ways, more ways that lead to better results from a student standpoint,” Dale Musser explained. “So how could this not be the future?” Photo by Amy Parris. As an associate teaching professor and former director of Mizzou Engineering’s Information Technology Program, Dale Musser has been heavily involved in the tech…

Interning at Airbnb with a disability – Airbnb Engineering & Data Science – Medium

How I found a space of belonging and growth as someone with a disability in the Airbnb community. My name is Hilary Sun, and I’m a master’s student at Stanford University finishing my M.S in Computer Science. I worked as an engineering intern for the past twelve weeks on the Trust – Financial Fraud team, which keeps Airbnb’s business safe and secure by minimizing fraudulent financial losses while providing the best user experience possible. I was also a member of…