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Successful young entrepreneurs from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) are making a tremendous impact in the technology field with start-up companies fueled by the right mix of creative vision, perseverance and passion.


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) has received a $400,000 gift -- the largest from a graduate in its 13-year history -- from San Francisco CEO and IST alumnus David Rusenko. The gift will create the David Rusenko Scholarship for Entrepreneurship, which will help IST students to launch their own companies while they are still in school.


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Exceptionally talented young entrepreneurs from around the country, including alumni from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), will be visiting Penn State to share their strategies for success during IST’s Start-up Week, taking place April 9-13. The week’s events, many of which will be open to the entire Penn State community, will include classroom talks on various topics related to information technology as well as opportunities to meet and mingle with the featured speakers.


UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. -- Online privacy has become a hot-button issue in recent years, as people are increasingly sharing their lives and conducting business on the Internet. With $30,000 in funding from Google, two professors at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology are investigating the factors that influence individual privacy preferences, and how they can be used to develop services that are in tune with consumers’ needs.


As the world becomes more connected through systems and networks, cyber attacks by hackers, nation states and terrorists pose an increasing threat to U.S. security.  At Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, two faculty members, John Yen and Peng Liu, are spearheading a research initiative, funded by the U.S. Army Research Office, to determine how the experiences of human analysts can be leveraged to improve cyber situation awareness. A paper that they co-wrote, which proposes a knowledge-based cyber intrusion detection model, was recently recognized at an international conference.


Brian Cameron, executive director of the Penn State Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA), and Sandeep Purao, associate professor of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at the University, recently received $100,000 from Lockheed Martin, to conduct a maturity analysis on its enterprise architecture function. Cameron and Purao will assess the function with the aid of a groundbreaking new Enterprise Architecture Maturity tool they developed.


Penn State's Security and Risk Analysis major will be featured as part of today's (Feb. 28) final episode of the Big Ten Network's (BTN) "Impact the World" series. The episode will air at 10:30 p.m. on BTN and will explore ground-breaking safety developments from Penn State, the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota.


Abhijit Dutt, instructor in information sciences and technology at Penn State Beaver, has been selected as an associate editor of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) which will be held June 10-13, in Barcelona, Spain.

ECIS is considered the premier information systems event in Europe and provides a platform for panel discussions and the presentation of peer-reviewed academic research.


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology have been working with directors of the American Cancer Society to gain a better understanding of the dynamics and functioning of online communities for cancer survivors and their families and to eventually develop innovative computing technologies to better support the needs of these communities.


ShmooCon, an annual East Coast hacker convention, brings together some of the most astute minds in the information security field. At this year’s convention, which was held recently in Washington, D.C., members of the Information Assurance (IA) Club in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) made their mark for the second year in a row by triumphing in Hack Fortress, a video game/hacking competition. In addition to bragging rights, the team was awarded the Golden Wrench -- a monkey wrench painted gold.