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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.

October 2, 2019


As Penn State celebrates its 100th Homecoming this week, three College of Information Sciences and Technology students are filling leadership roles.

Isabella Webster, senior in security and risk analysis; Aaron Mckenzie, senior in information sciences and technology; and Austin Webster, senior in cybersecurity analytics and operations, are serving in the roles of executive director, talent relations director, and technology director, respectively.

September 26, 2019


Starting his thespian career in the second grade at the encouragement of his parents, Eck continued acting throughout his primary school years. When it was time to come to college, he wanted to find an academic path that would lead him to a successful career, while also finding an outlet for his creative side.