Joshua Liong

Joshua Years Active: 2010-2012 "Always at your service!"

Please give a description of yourself and what you do.

I am a senior at CSULB. On my spare time, I ensure the availability of CSULB ACM services, including the snack stack and the library. I enjoy videogames that invoke emotion and tug the player. I aspire to develop a game which realistically immerses the player through sophisticated emotional artificial intelligence.

How did you find out about ACM?

I was introduced to the Association for Computing Machinery by Donna Pompei during CECS 274.

What made you join?

I have always wanted to participate in an organization to further refine my skills as a computer scientist. I knew that being active in an organization would increase my merit as a potential employee. I also felt a personal need to expand my horizons since I had no programming experience prior to my freshman year.

I also had a personal goal to not be held back by any sort of fear and to be more spontaneous. When ACM began to sponsor ImagineCup projects, I tossed myself into the fire. Even with my little experience, the people of ACM were extremely supportive with helping me see that anything is possible with a little hard work and dedication. It was also fun getting to know everyone’s backgrounds and talents.

What advice would you give to new students?

Moderation is key. Be sure to outline explicitly what is MOST important to you and strive for excellence in everything that is important. Aristotle said " You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is, then, not an act, but a habit." One will find that opportunities will come to them when excellence is displayed. Do your best to avoid activity that is consumption-oriented and not constructive-oriented.

Don't be discouraged by setbacks, especially if it's not over. In my first semester, Professor Allison said that "It's never how you start the game. It's how you finish." Ensure that you have the best kind endgame in mind and never stop working for it. While excellence is repetitive, success is how you finish. Keep these two, and a positive attitude, in mind.

I am a firm believer of karma. Be generous with your time to others. Helping out or contributing to other people tends to reciprocate in unexpected ways. Each time you do so, you develop a connection that can help later on. Especially perceive professors as a friend and develop a good rapport with them.

Did you hold any officer positions or did you work on any projects for ACM?

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.

Summer 2012

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.

Fall 2011

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.

What will you remember the most?

The things that one will remember the most are rarely the struggles but more of the successes. There are obvious forms of success, like a project one worked hard on that was recognized, winning an election or receiving a grant. However, there are more subtle successes: like laughing over a game of the card game, Bang! Dissecting demands that were ridiculous and impossible but was done anyway. Making a person laugh or sharing a connection with a new acquaintance or an old friend. Going on outings or dining which strengthen the bonds of the people you&rasquo;re close to.

When I remember ACM, I will recall a conglomeration of success stories.