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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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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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 Dinghao Wu, assistant professor in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), recently was awarded a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, which supports new research for early career faculty who have the potential to significantly impact

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As a supplement to the major, many health policy and administration (HPA) students select a minor in Information Sciences and Technology (IST) or Global Health to better prepare them for their career goals.

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On May 17, the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) celebrated the achievements of faculty and staff over the past year with a presentation of annual awards. Held at the Nittany Lion Inn, 10 staff and faculty members were recognized, along with seven retirees and 17 length-of-service awards.

Fred Aebli, instructor in IST and IST internship coordinator at Penn State Worthington Scranton, received the College of IST Excellence in Teaching Award.

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While the goals of western Pennsylvania’s farmers may not have changed significantly in the past few decades – raise healthy crops and sell them at a good price – the tools available to do so have.

Like other Big Ten schools, Penn State has been on the forefront of bringing technological advancement to agriculture whether through fast farming, mushroom crops or mobile apps.

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Military veterans have a higher unemployment rate than nonveterans, according to federal statistics. One reason may be that when veterans seek civilian jobs, they often face stereotypes from hiring managers. But another set of stereotypes may come into play as well: Veterans fall prey to their own preconceptions about certain types of jobs, and miss out on promising opportunities.

(Blue and) White hats: Penn State launches bug bounty program
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Thanks to the efforts of a recent graduate from the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), Penn State is preparing to launch a pilot program where students can identify and report cyber vulnerabilities.

Approved students will soon be able to enroll in the Student Vulnerability Reporting Program (SVRP), where they can scour some Penn State systems in search of vulnerabilities. In addition to earning hands-on experience with cybersecurity and helping maintain the integrity of Penn State’s networks, students will also be rewarded with LionCash and awards if their efforts are successful. Michael Lubas, who graduated in May with a degree in security and risk analysis (SRA), was the driving force behind the program. He first explored the idea during his IST 440W class. The course, taught by Alison Murphy, focuses on problem-based approaches to real-life issues facing organizations. 

ST seniors Damian Salonick, Kathleen Beck, Wares Farighi, Harrison Goniprow, Chris Jacobs, and Cameron McDaniel discuss their IST 440W project.
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Through his involvement with the President’s Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Equity at Penn State, Damian Salonick learned that the commission wanted to improve the digital presence of all the LGBTQ organizations at Penn State. With several organizations and events serving their community, they needed a central hub to reach faculty, staff and students.

It was a serendipitous moment for the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) senior because he was currently enrolled in IST 440W, a class offering a problem-based approach to technology integration by focusing on real-life problems faced by an organization. Salonick’s team was searching for an organization that fit this description, and they found one in the commission.

History 197, "The History of Penn State," will examine the history of Penn State from its founding as the Farmers' High School in 1855 to its evolution as one of the nation's leading research universities.
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A course examining the history of Penn State from its founding as the Farmers' High School in 1855 to its evolution as one of the nation's leading research universities will be offered for the first time this fall.

History 197, “The History of Penn State,” will chronicle and evaluate changes that have taken place at Penn State over the past 160 years and explore them in the context of larger historical and socio-economic developments in American higher education during that time. In particular, the course will study the conduct, leadership, and educational vision of notable Penn State presidents, faculty, alumni and coaches; dimensions of student life (including student protest); race and gender relations; athletics; and the challenges of University life, research and admissions in the post-World War II era.