Natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan and armed conflicts like the one in Syria cause people to flee from their homes. These population displacements are a growing problem, according to Carleen Maitland, an associate professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). This displacement — being torn from precious possessions, familiar surroundings and community — creates needs for connectivity, communication and connectedness. To address these needs, Maitland is organizing a workshop to be held next month in South Africa, home to thousands of refugees displaced by Africa’s civil conflicts.
An increasing number of organizations are turning to the evolving practice of enterprise architecture (EA) to deal with the rapid pace of change in almost every industry. Individual organizations offer many perspectives on the definition of enterprise architecture and its value to an organization, but the lack of conformity contributes to confusion about the field. The Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO), an association that was conceived by Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has published a deliverable document that aims to provide an international perspective on enterprise architecture.
In Jim Jansen’s Google Online Marketing Challenge class at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), students create online marketing campaigns in order to learn keyword advertising and also the opportunity to place in Google’s international competition. The success that the student teams have had in recent years, along with the class’s involvement with Pennsylvania businesses, have increased the students’ viability in the workforce in addition to furthering Penn State’s mission of supporting businesses across the Commonwealth.
Penn State’s enrollment has increased to an all-time high of 98,000 students, and the jump over last year was fueled by growth in the university’s online education system, the World Campus. The programs offered by the College of Information Sciences and Technology are the second most popular through World Campus, with 1,748 students currently enrolled.
In today’s digital age, individuals who are looking to advance their careers are often required to obtain specialized knowledge in areas such as cyber security, intelligence analysis and security policy development. At Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), the online master of professional studies (MPS) degree program, which marks its fifth anniversary in fall 2013, is preparing professionals and organizational leaders to take on greater responsibilities, without disrupting their careers or requiring them to relocate.
Peter Forster, a senior lecturer at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and formerly executive director of Online Education, has been promoted to assistant dean for online programs and professional education.
The rise in recent years of 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, has paved the way for a new generation of Internet entrepreneurs and do-it-yourself (DIY) manufacturers. At Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), faculty and staff members are ahead of the curve in both the research and practice of this emerging technology.
Twenty-two Penn State alumni, including IST Advisory Board Members Matthew W. Schuyler '87 and Antonio F. Pensa '67g, '69g, will be honored Oct. 16 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
Lynette Kvasny, an associate professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) seeks to raise students’ consciousness of both the opportunities and problems that arise from the world’s growing reliance on information and communication technology (ICT). She will discuss the social justice perspective she brings to the study of ICT and society during a lecture that she will give at the end of September. Kvasny will present the second annual George McMurtry Lecture at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in 208 IST Building.
The Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA) at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is the beneficiary of a gift-in-kind of software material valued at more than $800,000. The donation, which is a renewal of a gift-in-kind of more than $1 million to the center in 2011, is from Alfabet, a global provider of software for strategic information technology planning and business change management.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is partnering with Penn State and two other universities to create University Centers of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEMs) designed to support doctoral students from under-represented minority groups studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Anna Squicciarini, an assistant professor in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), and John Hodgson, a project manager in the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) say they are committed to nurturing students in who are interested in protecting the U.S. government’s information infrastructure. A program that they initiated in 2011 to accomplish that goal was recently given a boost by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
As a fourth-year doctoral candidate at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) specializing in cognitive science and artificial intelligence, Chris Dancy pursues interdisciplinary scientific study of the human mind and its processes. As a recent recipient of a Sloan Scholar fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which provides funding for underrepresented students to pursue doctorates in mathematics, science and engineering, Dancy now has resources that will enable him to take his research in directions that would not have been possible otherwise.
Dr. Michael McNeese, former Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies and Academic Affairs at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has been promoted to Senior Associate Dean in the College of IST, effective July 1.
Fifty-seven high school students from schools across Pennsylvania spent a week at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) exploring innovative technology tools during the College’s first iTech Academy, which was held July 17-21. “The goal of iTech Academy is to teach students to use technology to solve problems,” said Deyo Olorunnisola, director of recruiting for the College of IST.
As businesses have increasingly turned to Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to reach customers, some have wondered whether the traditional website is passé. The leaders of Weebly, a web-hosting service that features a drag-and-drop website builder, would beg to differ. "A website is a digital identity for many people," said David Rusenko, CEO of Weebly and a 2006 graduate of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). "It's where they showcase their ideas, build meaningful relationships with clients, and really put themselves out there."
Dr. Anna Squicciarini, an assistant professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) who works primarily in data security and privacy, was recently honored with the PNC Career Development Professorship in IST in recognition of her early career achievements in teaching, research and service. The appointment is for a three-year period.
As enterprise architecture (EA) continues to gain global recognition, organizations are increasingly interested in acquiring knowledge about the practice and hiring qualified EA professionals. Dr. Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), was invited to shared his expertise on enterprise architecture with international business leaders at events held in May in Kazakhstan, Taiwan and Mexico.
Sociology is a highly esteemed field with a massive canon of literature, but according to Dr. Andrea Tapia, an associate professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), many sociologists are not well-versed in using social media to promote their research and activities. As a recently appointed member of the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) new Task Force on Social Media, she will have an opportunity to help other sociologists gain greater exposure by using social media as a publicity and networking tool.