Fall 2009 - Spring 2010
In the year of 2009-2010, I participated in one of three ACM&rasquo; sponsored ImagineCup group. The ImagineCup group specialized in the Game Design competition; I never thought I would participate in videogame development; much less self-teach myself how to code. I got up every morning excited about what I was going to learn through TEAR , my videogame idea that was further fleshed out and made even more fun by the talented group I was working with. While TEAR did not exceed preliminary rounds, a discussion with my team revealed that we could still learn more, grow as a team and reap in rewards with continuing the project for next year. We pushed off more determined than ever with the current TEAR engine.
ACM exposed me to the Summer University Program taking place at Switzerland. In Summer 2009, I was able to get free room, board, tuition and spending money at Switzerland with ACM Members Lynn Cherngchaosil, Nathan Pickrell, Matt Sguerri and Richard Wang. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity of being able to travel freely while taking courses on challenging subjects with international students. Matt, a former resident of Italy, was kind enough to take us on a tour. Volkan Aginlar was able to plan and take many of us around many adventures through landmarks and I kept an eye out for fine dining. The crisp, clean air, seemingly limitless freedom and unlimited possibilities through education are the feelings that stick with me when I reminisce about Switzerland.
Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 was my reign as the elected Vice President of ACM. I was often the front line in representing ACM in day activities while the President spent time connecting ACM with administrators and people outside campus. I would make appearances in organization fairs and show off what we did as a club. I was able to link ACM to Dr. Mamo, spawning the Medical Applications Mobile and Online Project (MAMO).
I continued to develop TEAR with the ImagineCup team. It reached the semifinals in the Microsoft National and International divisions. While it was difficult to close the ImagineCup Project, I was proud to report that TEAR received honorable mention from ImagineCup judges. The team was able to walk away from TEAR with two years of advanced data structures and algorithms to be applied in future employment.
I had a taste of presidential work when the current president had to take a temporary leave. It was hectic coordinating meetings at first, but the parliamentary structure of ACM and the maturity of the people in it kept the club steady and productive under my temporary leadership. I was proud of ACM when it received Organization of the Year in the College of Engineering.
After my year as Vice President, I became the Secretary of ACM. I kept detailed records of meetings and ensured the proper tracking of project progress. I became the representative of ACM online, maintaining the ACM webpage and ACM Facebook page with the assistance of the former secretary, Richard Wang. Under the management of Ben Chang, I participated in the reboot of the ImagineCup team to partake in the Windows Phone 7 Game Design competition. Ben's game idea went through many forms of revision for several months prior until we settled on our current game, Socie-D.