Two Cal State San Bernardino students’ work and research into using computers in aeronautics and security has earned them the distinction of being named the outstanding graduates for the university’s College of Business and Public Administration.
Bernadina Anderson, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in information management with a concentration in computer information systems, is the college’s outstanding undergraduate student, and Johnson Chen, who will graduate with a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in information assurance and security management and entrepreneurship, is the college’s outstanding graduate student.
Anderson and Chen will among the more than 3,400 Cal State San Bernardino students who will be eligible to participate in the six graduation ceremonies to held on June 13, 15 and 16 at Cal State San Bernardino and its Palm Desert Campus.
Anderson will be honored during the College of Business and Public Administration graduation, which will be on Sunday, June 16, at 8:45 a.m., in Coussoulis Arena.
Chen will be honored at a separate commencement ceremony for students who will receive masters or doctoral degrees. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 12:45 p.m. also at the arena.
Anderson has always been interested in flight, so much so that in high school she was in the Air Force Junior ROTC, where she served as group commander with plans to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy to become a pilot.
But Anderson married after high school and decided against attending the academy. Her interest in flying was put on hold, but was rekindled while taking an astronomy class at Cal State San Bernardino. She was intrigued by space exploration and the intense need for computer science in aeronautics.
Her hard work, studies and determination led her to being invited to attend the “Women in Sciences” symposium held at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena. It was there that she experienced first-hand how her knowledge of computers could be fused with her passion for astronomy.
The honor has been gratifying for Anderson, who is the first in her family to graduate from a university, which she was able to do with the help of several scholarships, including the CSU Futures Scholarship and the Business Alliance Scholarship.
Her academic achievements, which include maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, have earned her membership with Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key Honor Society. Not bad for someone who, with her husband, is raising three children. She is also taking private flying lessons with plans to obtain her pilot’s license.
Johnson Chen’s interest in computers began while he was in middle school. An uncle gave him an old computer, which he loved to tinker with. He learned how computer systems work and how they process information.
As he grew, Chen developed a number of interests. He was an English language tutor in Taiwan. He worked as a technician for a high-tech sculpture art company, where he trained others on the use of three dimensional laser scanning technology. He was property manager for a real estate company and started his own Web company that sells energy efficient LED lighting products online.
But as a CSUSB student, his love of working on computers paid off as he studied and learned about information assurance and security management. That worked so well that he participated in several school competitions as a graduate student. Chen was a participant and bronze medal winner in the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in 2013, and he participated and helped win the silver medal in the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition in 2012.
Chen is a member of several regional, national and international honor societies that include Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key International.
His plans for the future include pursuing a career in the public sector and to continue to remain involved with community activities.
All commencement ceremonies at Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena will be webcast live at the CSUSB Academic Computing and Media Live WebCast page.
For more information about the June 2013 graduations, visit the Commencement Web page.