Professional Associations & Support Groups
CDM students are encouraged to enter the professional communities associated with their academic program of study at any point in their academic career. The organizations listed on this page are just some of the groups students can connect with.
Founded in 1947, ACM is a major force in advancing the skills of information technology professionals and students worldwide. Today, 75,000 members and the public turn to ACM for authoritative publications and pioneering conferences. CDM has three student organizations that are associated with ACM:
- Upsilon Pi Epsilon , the honor society for the computing sciences, offers a year of student membership to its members when they accept their invitation to join the honor society.
- ACM-W is a women’s chapter of ACM on campus. Membership for the CDM chapter is free, individual ACM student membership is optional.
- CSS/ACM is an official student chapter of ACM on campus. Membership for CSS is free, individual ACM student membership is optional.
CHAD stands for Chicago Agile Development. It's a group of people based in the Chicago area who are interested in the Agile Alliance, Extreme Programming, and related things. The Chicago Agile Developers group provides a forum for Chicago area software developers to share their experience, best practices and ideas regarding the development of software. The group believes that software can be successfully written using simple but tested low overhead techniques that lead to a 'develop and deliver-as-you-learn' software development model.
The Chicago Software Association (CSA) promotes technology and software development in the Chicago area. DePaul is a member of CSA so all DePaul students and faculty can attend CSA events at the member price. Check the Calendar on the CSA web site for details of upcoming events. The Chicago SPIN
is a leadership forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and practical ideas. We promote achieving higher levels of process maturity, software quality and mutual respect. Companies, academic institutions, government organizations and individuals are invited.
Founded in 1884, the IEEE (Eye-triple-E) is a non-profit, technical professional association consisting of 37 Societies and more than 380,000 individual members in 150 countries. The IEEE is the largest professional organization in the world. The full name is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., although the organization is most popularly known and referred to by the letters I-E-E-E. Visit the IEEE Student Concourse
for student involvement. Also, read about IEEE at DePaul in the Student Organizations
The Internet Society (ISOC)
is a professional membership society with more than 150 organization and 11,000 individual members in over 182 countries. It provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, and is the organization home for the groups responsible for Internet infrastructure standards, including the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).
The National Society of Black Engineers, or NSBE (pronounced nez-bee), is an international, student-run organization whose purpose is to increase the number of culturally responsible engineers and computer science professionals who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. NSBE is comprised of more than 250 chapters on college and university campuses and more than 50 Alumni Extension chapters world wide. The DePaul CDM chapter is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.
The Chicago Palm Programmers Group (CPPG)
is dedicated to bringing together Chicago area PalmOS developers. Our goal is to be a resource where Palm developers can meet and share their knowledge, experience, resources, and questions with other developers. We provide Palm Programmers with meetings, discussion groups, forums, panels, lectures, and other similar programs concerned with the development and exchange of research data relevant to the Palm OS.
SIGCHI provides a forum for the exchange of ideas among computer scientists, behavioral and cognitive scientists, system designers, and end users, and it serves as a clearinghouse of information for the field of human factors and user psychology research and development.
The UniForum Association
supports open computing by providing high quality educational programs, conferences, publications and on-line services. has had some interesting talks. They areoriented toward open systems (i.e. Unix/Linux) and very practical topics. Their meetings are usually at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
The mission of the Chicago-Area chapter of the Usability Professionals' Association (UPA)
is to provide services for those who advocate the development of usable products in the Chicago area. For more information please contact us via e-mail at email@example.com
USENIX is the Advanced Computing Systems Association.
Since 1975 the USENIX Association has brought together the community of engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge of the computing world.