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August 20, 2019


“The most important thing I’ve learned is seeing how a real-world company works and how important IT and cybersecurity are to every company."

— Eileen Hennessey, Penn State senior in information sciences and technology

August 19, 2019


Many siblings share a special bond of being Penn State alumni, but not many can say that they graduated from the same college. For the Pisarcik sisters, graduating from the College of Information Sciences and Technology strengthened both their relationship and their technical knowledge.

August 7, 2019


“I fell in love with IST and the people side of technology. I wanted that personal connection and IST offered that.”

August 7, 2019


College of Information Sciences and Technology student Amir Thorpe has found self-confidence through his dream internship this summer with the NBA. A senior majoring in security and risk analysis, Thorpe applied for the internship on a whim, because of his love of sports and basketball.

August 2, 2019


Paola Macias is spending her summer working with Canon as a general affairs intern. A rising Penn State senior studying security and risk analysis (SRA) in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, Macias monitors Genetec, an information security platform that develops software, hardware, and cloud-based services for Canon. She also grants technology access levels to employees, assesses risk for new procedures, and conducts internal auditing on security procedures.

July 30, 2019


“Don’t quit your daydream,” read the signs at the Happy Valley LaunchBox powered by PNC Bank.

For Joel Seidel, a rising junior majoring in information sciences and technology, that simple statement is fueling his passion to improve how individuals make informed decisions about their health.

July 29, 2019


Have you ever gone into a store and couldn’t make your purchase because the registers were down? Have you ever been shopping online and the system suddenly crashed? Penn State student Josh Kenna is working to fix such problems in his summer internship.

A rising senior in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), Kenna is working this summer at the headquarters of the popular retail chain American Eagle Outfitters.

July 25, 2019


Upon starting her internship this summer, Bailey MacDowell was encouraged to discover that many of the activities she enjoys at Penn State are also a part of the community at The Boeing Company. With a wide gender gap in the technology industry, the rising senior in the College of Information Sciences and Technology is an advocate for strengthening the position of females entering tech careers—which she does both at Penn State and at her internship in Bellevue, Washington.

July 23, 2019


 David Shaw, a junior studying security and risk analysis in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, is spending his summer in his hometown of Los Angeles, California, as a summer instructor at iD Tech Camps, the world’s top-rated tech camp.

May 9, 2019


Zachary Dyer, a 2019 graduate of the College of Information Sciences and Technology, was recently awarded the Penn State Multicultural Resource Center’s Resilient Student Award, which is presented to a student who demonstrates initiative, perseverance, and the ability to overcome significant obstacles in obtaining his or her degree.