Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the College of Information Sciences and Technology! Whether you're starting your first semester or are new to University Park after taking courses at another Penn State campus, we hope you'll join us for the IST Dean's Welcome. This virtual event lets you meet your classmates, connect with IST faculty, learn about the resources available to you. This is the perfect way to get your time in the College of IST off to a great start!

Event Schedule - Sunday, August 23

Pre-Event Opportunity for Change of Campus Students

  • 1:00 p.m. Welcome message to change of campus students
  • 1:15 p.m. Academic Services panel
  • 1:45 p.m. Event Break

Dean’s Welcome for IST Students new to Penn State and University Park

  • 2:00 p.m. Welcome message to new to University Park IST students
  • 2:15 p.m. Academic Services panel and Academic Program meetings
  • 3:00 p.m. Meetings end and Virtual Lobby is prepared for final questions
  • 3:30 p.m. Virtual Lobby goes offline

Virtual Lobby

Join the virtual lobby for a Welcome Message from Dean Andrew Sears and remarks from Dr. Jason Gines. If you're not sure where to begin or if you have questions during the event, check in to the virtual lobby so a member of the IST staff can direct you.

Join the Dean's Welcome

Welcome and Remarks

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Andrew Sears
Dean and Professor of IST

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Jason Gines
Assistant Dean, Inclusion and Diversity Engagement

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Stephen Babb
Assistant Director, Student Engagement

Academic Services

Academic Services staff are prepared to support your Penn State experience in the College of IST. Connect live with staff to learn more about the resources available to you and how you can schedule appointments during the academic year.

Join the panel on Zoom

Academic Advising

Meet your academic adviser and learn how you can make informed choices to stay on track for graduation.

Career Solutions

Speak to a career counselor about professional development opportunities during your first year at Penn State.

Inclusion and Diversity Engagement

Understand your role in ensure that the College of IST is inclusive and welcoming for all.

Student Engagement

Connect with IST Diplomats, the college’s student ambassadors, to learn about getting involved at Penn State.

Academic Programs

The College of IST offers six bachelor's degree programs that explore the challenges and opportunities that exist at the intersection of information, technology, and society. Academic advisers from each program are available to speak with you during the Dean’s Welcome event. Zoom links and programs descriptions are listed below.

Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations

Learn how you can protect critical information and systems from attack, analyze vulnerability issues, and communicate cyber threats.

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Data Sciences

Gain the skills needed to analyze and interpret huge amounts of data, and then turn your insights into strategic action.

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Enterprise Technology Integration

Learn how to integrate information technology into and across different systems to meet organizational goals.

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Human-Centered Design and Development

Understand how people use technology and design, build, and evaluate effective software applications and other interactive technologies.

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Information Sciences and Technology

Build an understanding of core information technologies, how they can be used in practical applications, and their impact on society.

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Security and Risk Analysis

Understand the strategic and tactical levels of intelligence collection, analysis, and decision-making in a number of security and risk domains.

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