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7/12/17

For the ninth year in a row, Penn State’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction (CHCI) has released a mobile app to complement the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, being held July 13-16 in State College. Through the app, visitors will not only be able to virtually navigate the vendors and attractions, but also take advantage of features to share memories of past Arts Festivals and favorite places from this year’s festival.

Jack Carroll, distinguished professor of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), and his CHCI team created the app to allow festival-goers to check in on artist locations and event schedules through their smartphones. While the app retains its core functions, the team introduces a new feature every year.


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7/10/17

As technology touches every corner of the world, it’s integral to understand its profound ability to enhance and affect people’s everyday lives, especially in developing nations. That goal is why student researchers from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) are headed to Rwanda on three distinct missions to discover how technology is used and implemented.

Carleen Maitland, associate professor of IST, is the adviser to three students traveling to Rwanda this summer: Eric Obeysekare, Katelyn Sullivan and Ying Xu. Maitland’s extensive research into humanitarian efforts aided by information technology, including studying Syrian refugees in a Jordanian camp, provides the foundation for the students’ work.


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7/07/17

Steve Garguilo, a 2009 graduate of the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), is traveling the world, looking for new ways to innovate and transform old methods and ideas. “IST set me up to think about how to solve big, real-world problems,” he said.

His globetrotting career has already taken him to Switzerland, India, and now to the Mexican city of Juárez. But even as he explores the world, he is never away from Penn State for too long.


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7/05/17

This summer, Rich Caneba will leave behind some modern conveniences – and a steadfast digital connection to the outside world – to conduct research in some of the most remote areas in Southern California.

Caneba, a doctoral student in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), is spending his summer conducting field work and embedded research on the Pala Band of Mission Indians reservation, a 12,273-acre swath of land north of San Diego. There, he is utilizing his diverse expertise to bridge the gap between technology and social issues that have plagued native populations who live in rural reservations throughout the country, specifically the almost 1,000 members of the Pala tribe who inhabit the reservation.


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6/29/17

Luke Gleba is on the fast track to graduation, and because of his hard work and dedication, he’s about to get some help from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Gleba, a third-year senior majoring in security and risk analysis (SRA) with a focus in information and cybersecurity, was recently awarded the DoD’s Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service. The SMART scholarship is offered by the DoD to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in STEM disciplines, and aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working in DoD laboratories.


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6/23/17

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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6/22/17

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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6/20/17

 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.

The senior interned with the entertainment giant as it was launching a new theme park, Volcano Bay, and worked to implement wearable technology for park guests. The wristband, named TapuTapu, “is taking this concept of a virtual line and your wearable stands in line for you,” Esteves said. “There are also a bunch of little interactive things to get guests more immersed in their experience.”


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6/19/17

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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6/13/17

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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