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The IST Alumni Spotlight is to showcase and recognize outstanding IST alumni for their success as leaders in their professional field and for the impact they have had and will continue to have on society and their profession on a monthly basis. This exceptional alum should be an outstanding role model for prospective and current IST students. Do you know an IST alum who fits this bill? Please nominate them for the IST Alumni Spotlight!


February 4, 2019

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“I feel that I’ve been pretty successful in my career and I want to be able to help students understand what the real world is like in terms of jobs.”


January 22, 2019

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As a Penn State student, Alison Flanigan saw an opportunity in the then-School of Information Sciences and Technology to connect the school’s industry partners with the strong pool of talent and unique skillsets that were coming out of IST.


January 16, 2019

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As far as 2005 alumnus Adam Wiercioch knows — and as far as Penn State’s records show — he currently stands as the only alumnus of the College of Information Sciences and Technology that lives in Poland.

But that isn’t his only claim to fame.

Wiercioch, who was a student-athlete at Penn State, also holds an Olympic silver medal in fencing.


August 9, 2018

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Angela Liberto always knew that she wanted to be an attorney. With a passion for technology, however, she took a nontraditional path to get there.


July 24, 2018

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 Mark Ruzomberka grew up playing sports in Pittsburgh, and like many young kids he dreamed of one day working in sports. Little did he know that he would end up as an employee of one of the world’s leading sports programming networks.


July 17, 2018

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 “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

That is a favorite quote for Mike Eisenreich, a 2003 Penn State alumnus whose path to the College of Information Sciences and Technology is self-described as circuitous.


July 17, 2018

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IST alumnus launches global online platform to connect farmers with consumers

During his time in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Simon Huntley, a 2004 graduate, found a way to blend his passion for technology with his interest in agriculture.


July 10, 2018

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When one thinks of health care practitioners, doctors and nurses most likely come to mind. But there are teams of people — including those in information technology — working behind the scenes in ways that directly impact patients, from securing medical records to studying hospital analytics.

The three IST alumni and students highlighted below are among many from the College of Information Sciences and Technology who are currently applying their technical skills and backgrounds in the health care industry through their careers and summer internships.


July 3, 2018

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Countless children have a dream to spend every day at Disney World. Few have the chance to grow up and work there.

College of Information Sciences and Technology alumnus Dane Berkowitz was one of those lucky few. After completing an internship as a student with Disney Parks & Resorts, he earned a full-time job there soon after his graduation in 2014. He applied his technical background as part of Disney’s point-of-sale team, which managed cash registers for all of Disney’s parks and resorts in the United States. After two years, he transferred to a project team that implemented chip credit card processing at Disney’s U.S. parks and resorts, serving as a system engineer.


June 29, 2018

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Jeffrey Kangar, a 2013 graduate of Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, has always held high aspirations to improve the world. As founder of the newly-established nonprofit organization, Technology for Children: Africa, Kangar is turning his dream into reality.


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