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May 15, 2018

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A trio of enterprising Penn Staters will travel to Paris to compete in the world finals of the 2018 L'Oréal Brandstorm on May 17. In the competition, they will pitch their "smart mirror" prototype and compete against teams from around the world for awards for the best innovative technology, most socially responsible campaign, and top overall brand.


May 8, 2018

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Students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology could change the future of a global sport, thanks to a collaboration with industry leaders.

Along with innovative snowboard and ski manufacturing company Gilson, and world leader in power products and piezo-based actuators, sensors and devices Qortek, students in Steve Haynes’ IST 412 class are pioneering the software to support the world’s first “smart” snowboard. Powered exclusively by renewable energy, embedded sensors will measure speed, force, location, temperature and barometric pressure. The IST students’ objective is to identify and design use cases, and to develop applications to bring this data to life.


May 2, 2018

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A team of students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology took second place in the National Cyber Analyst Challenge, which concluded April 12-13. It is the third consecutive year that the University’s team reached the finals of the competition that aims to support the development of the nation’s best students pursuing cyber-related degrees.


April 27, 2018

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If anyone exemplifies a true Penn State success story, it’s Maurice Saunders. The senior will earn bachelor of science degrees in security and risk analysis and information sciences and technology this spring, and has accepted a cybersecurity consulting position at Accenture to begin his career. But his journey to this point wasn’t so easy.


April 5, 2018

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Eight freshmen in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) recently traveled to San Francisco as part of the college’s annual Alternative Spring Break program. The weeklong trip provided an opportunity for students early in their IST careers to explore different companies in the tech industry and gain exposure to corporate culture in various professional settings.


January 17, 2018

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This past fall, the Nittany Data Labs made its official debut as a student organization in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State. But even in its brief tenure, the group is visualizing a big impact across the University.

“We’re the startup of clubs,” said Sean Parsons, a sophomore majoring in security and risk analysis and the director of finance for the organization. “We have momentum, riding the wave of data sciences.”


December 7, 2017

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 Noah Unger, the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) student marshal for the Fall 2017 semester, is not only graduating Summa Cum Laude but also has earned the admiration and respect of an esteemed faculty member.

“He’s phenomenal,” said Ed Glantz, IST assistant teaching professor. “He is very self-motivated and he just embraces problems and runs with them.”


November 28, 2017

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On a typical day, you can find Michael Khorosh and Emir Myrzabekov consulting with clients, leading meetings, and strategizing marketing outreach campaigns. It's a regular day for seasoned professionals, but when they clock out, they return to their lives as undergraduate students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST).

At their internship at SURGE Business Development located just off the University Park campus, they’re taking on a variety of independent projects to support client goals while gaining valuable real-world experience.


November 14, 2017

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“The next Bill Gates won’t look like him!” declared Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

It was a powerful moment for College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) students Angela DeMarco and Kim Saira Sarte, who were among the crowd listening to the presentation. To them, and the six other IST students in attendance, it was a clear message the next technology magnate could – and should – be female.


November 13, 2017

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The term “tutoring” often has a negative connotation — students, especially at the college level, can be embarrassed to seek academic help because of what their fellow classmates might think. Penn State students Amanda Mahon and Aaron Stricker, co-coordinators of the Peer Tutoring Program in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), want to change that perception.

The program provides one-on-one coaching to help students practice and reinforce concepts in the IST curriculum. Tutors work closely with faculty to understand what is being taught and assigned in their classes, and then work directly with students to clarify concepts. They’re also working to serve a broader range of student needs.