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What if, with the tap of a finger, you could change or potentially save countless lives in a developing country?

An interdisciplinary team of Penn State students is working to bring that concept to life. Their social venture project, Kijenzi, is a business model and application that aims to provide 3-D printing of medical equipment to rural areas of Kenya.

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In recognition of Memorial Day and Military Appreciation Month, Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology honors the men and women among its faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are serving or who have served in the armed forces.

Several veterans recently shared how they’ve integrated their military backgrounds into their Penn State and IST experience.

IST’s security and risk analysis program grows with help from Marine colonel’s real-world simulations

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Scott Pezanowski, a doctoral candidate in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has received the NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellowship given by the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium for 2018-2019.

The mission of the program is to expand opportunities for Pennsylvanians to learn about and participate in NASA’s aeronautics and space programs by supporting and enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research and outreach programs. The one-year fellowship consists of a $5,000 monetary award, presented to outstanding graduate students pursuing degrees in STEM fields related to NASA research and development.

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For many students, graduating with a single degree in four years is no easy feat.

So imagine graduating with four.

Jin Zhang did exactly that, earning four degrees in four and a half years at Penn State.

The international student from Guangdong, China, received her master of science in information sciences and technology this spring. She also earned two bachelor’s degrees in the College of Information Sciences and Technology – one in IST with an option in design and development, and one in security and risk analysis with an option in information and cybersecurity.

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IST doctoral students, left to right, Agnese CHiatti, Nasim Motalebi, Tiffany Knearem, Stephanie Winkler and Ning Ma attended the 2018 Computing Research Association - Women (CRA-W) Grad Cohort Workshop in San Francisco. "I believe it is a fantastic time to be a woman in computing, as institutions and companies are trying to enforce diversity policies more and more," said Chiatti.

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Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology is hosting its first-ever summer camp aimed at providing teachers with fundamental cybersecurity principles. 

The five-day NittanyGenCyber Teacher Camp is geared toward middle and high school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educators. The camp will run from Monday, July 30, to Friday, Aug. 3, and will be held in the Westgate Building on the University Park campus. 

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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.

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Ten years ago, Massachusetts native Sophia Mazurczyk never would have imagined that she’d be part of a Penn State family.  

But with both of her daughters opting to attend Penn State for their degrees — one earning a master’s in education and another earning a bachelor’s in landscape architecture — Mazurczyk moved to central Pennsylvania to be closer to them. This past weekend, she joined her daughters as Penn State alumnae, earning her master of professional studies degree in information sciences with an option in cybersecurity and information assurance that she completed through Penn State World Campus.

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A new mobile application now allows the University community to explore upcoming art and musical performances on the University Park campus, thanks to a collaboration between the Penn State Performing Arts Council (PAC) and a recent graduate from the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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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.