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When Heather Myers registered for a data visualization course this past spring, she anticipated learning techniques and tools to depict large amounts of data. Little did she know she would receive global recognition from Tableau, a leader in business intelligence and analytics software.

A web administrator for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) in Harrisburg, Myers decided to enroll in Penn State’s online Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics program to further her technical acumen.

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Every year, severe weather endangers millions of people and causes billions of dollars in damage worldwide. But new research from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and AccuWeather has found a way to better predict some of these threats by harnessing the power of big data.

The research team, led by doctoral student Mohammad Mahdi Kamani and including IST professor James Wang, doctoral student Farshid Farhat, and AccuWeather forensic meteorologist Stephen Wistar, has developed a new approach for identifying bow echoes in radar images, a phenomenon associated with fierce and violent winds.

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 John Esteves, who is majoring in Information Sciences and Technology (IST), had a rollercoaster experience during his 2017 internship at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

“I thought I would go into consulting, and my internship turned my world upside down,” he said.

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Many college students have a support network of family and friends to help them work toward their career goals. But in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), students are able to tap into another powerful resource — some of the most prestigious and powerful companies in the world.

The Corporate Associates Program allows students in the College of IST to connect and learn from companies such as Deloitte, PPG, PwC, and the National Security Agency, and benefit from these organizations’ extensive networks of technology expertise. These connections often lead to internship and career opportunities for IST students.

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Born in the United States and raised in Hong Kong, Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) graduate Edward Chan has always felt the constant need to travel. “I haven’t really stayed into one place for too long,” he said. 

After hopping a few thousand miles across the country for various jobs, his sights are now set even further. As a future student of the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, he dreams of being one of the first million people to live on Mars. “My childhood and adulthood made me an explorer,” he said. “And I think of Mars as the backup hard drive for humanity.”

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 Dinghao Wu, assistant professor in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), recently was awarded a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, which supports new research for early career faculty who have the potential to significantly impact

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As a supplement to the major, many health policy and administration (HPA) students select a minor in Information Sciences and Technology (IST) or Global Health to better prepare them for their career goals.

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On May 17, the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) celebrated the achievements of faculty and staff over the past year with a presentation of annual awards. Held at the Nittany Lion Inn, 10 staff and faculty members were recognized, along with seven retirees and 17 length-of-service awards.

Fred Aebli, instructor in IST and IST internship coordinator at Penn State Worthington Scranton, received the College of IST Excellence in Teaching Award.

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While the goals of western Pennsylvania’s farmers may not have changed significantly in the past few decades – raise healthy crops and sell them at a good price – the tools available to do so have.

Like other Big Ten schools, Penn State has been on the forefront of bringing technological advancement to agriculture whether through fast farming, mushroom crops or mobile apps.

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Military veterans have a higher unemployment rate than nonveterans, according to federal statistics. One reason may be that when veterans seek civilian jobs, they often face stereotypes from hiring managers. But another set of stereotypes may come into play as well: Veterans fall prey to their own preconceptions about certain types of jobs, and miss out on promising opportunities.