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December 16, 2019


Since Joselyne Mera Vargas (senior, security and risk analysis) moved to the United States from Ecuador when she was 9 years old, she has developed valuable leadership and communication skills, discovered a passion for data science, and completed a summer internship at Harvard University. To celebrate all that Vargas has achieved during her time at Penn State, she has been selected as the College of Information Science and Technology’s student marshal for the fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 21.

December 10, 2019


Students from across the state traveled to University Park on Nov. 2 for HackPSU, a 24-hour hackathon in which students compete for prizes by developing ideas that use software to solve real-life problems.

This year’s overall winners were Joel Seidel (junior, information sciences and technology and economics), Jack Quinn (junior, computer science and economics), and Casey Waverka (junior, information sciences and technology). Their winning software program was designed to help strengthen communication between employees or members of an organization.

November 19, 2019


On Oct. 30, the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Army/Air Joint Cyber Team held a Cyber Wi-Fighter Hacking Challenge at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology. The three-hour event introduced students to STEM occupations in the National Guard and promoted military and civilian partnerships to advance Pennsylvania’s overall cybersecurity position.

November 12, 2019


This past spring, as part of a three-year program, a cohort of Penn State students participated in an innovative research study to examine the potential for Internet of Things devices on a farming community in Rwanda.

November 4, 2019


Music has been a part of Henry Pearce’s life for as long as he can remember. He played percussion in his high school concert and marching bands, but was looking for more of a challenge as he neared graduation.

October 29, 2019


Six students from Penn State celebrated a second-place finish in the northeast regional competition of the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC) — the best finish by a Penn State team in the school’s history – and secured a spot in the upcoming national competition in Rochester, New York, Nov. 22-24.

October 23, 2019


According to the National Center for Women in Information Technology, just 26% of computing and mathematical jobs are held by women. The College of Information Sciences and Technology, and a group of its current students, are working to increase those numbers. Earlier this month, several College of IST students developed and led a workshop designed to educate young women about the possibilities of a career in data sciences.

October 21, 2019


Like most first-year students, Tiffany Bass came to Penn State with the goal of advancing skills that would be useful in her future career, while not knowing exactly the path she wanted to take.

Then a mentor encouraged her to apply to the Presidential Leadership Academy because he saw the potential she showed in her classes.

October 11, 2019
Jarrod (left) and Harrison Keating are fraternal twins and also first-year students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology


When Harrison and Jarrod Keating, fraternal twin brothers from Verona, New Jersey, were searching for colleges during their senior year of high school, they spent a long time trying to make the best decision. Both interested in information sciences, the brothers visited schools like Syracuse, Indiana and Rutgers, but didn’t quite find the programs they were looking for.

October 4, 2019


In September, 11 students from the College of Information Sciences and Technology attended the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in San Diego, a four-day conference to acknowledge and promote diversity and inclusion in computing.