IT faculty and CEIT Service Manager win Patriot Awards

Chris Kadlec, Ph.D. (left), Todd Tinker (right)

Chris Kadlec, Ph.D. (left), Todd Tinker (right)

This week in surprise ceremonies, Todd Tinker and Chris Kadlec, Ph.D., were presented with Patriot Awards by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office. The award is given to supervisors who have been nominated by an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member for their efforts to support citizen warriors. Recognized efforts include a wide range of measures from flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families to granting leaves of absence if necessary.

Tinker is a service manager in the University’s Center for Academic Technology Support and a graduate student at the University.  Chris Kadlec, Ph.D., is an associate professor of IT and specializes in IT infrastructure, networking and security.

Chuck Clark, the Employer Outreach director for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for the State of Georgia, presented the awards on campus.

The ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,500 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve.

Georgia Southern University has been named a Military Friendly School® by G.I. Jobs Magazine for the fifth year in a row for its efforts to provide educational opportunities to America’s veterans, active-duty troops and their families.

IT Students Win 1st Place & Best in Show in Mobile App Competition

IT students in the IT 4131 – IT Capstone course won first place in the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) Student Mobile App Competition. The team consists of Andre Coleman, Ryan Callahan, Shayne Moore, James Riley and Leslie Dykes. The app they created — “Allerg-Ease” — allows people with food sensitivities to quickly and easily locate healthy and safe menu options for some of today’s most popular restaurant chains.

As part of the competition, the student team submitted a one-minute video detailing the functions of their application. See the Allerg-Ease video!.

In addition to the recognition this impressive student team will receive, they will receive a $2,500 cash award and the IT department will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Best in Show!

The team also won Best in Show with their Allerg-Ease app, which allows people with food sensitivities to identify safe menu options at six popular restaurant chains.  While the competition winners are determined by judges, all attendees at the meeting vote on Best in Show.  The team received cash awards for its 1st Place and Best in Show wins.  The competition sponsor also donated $1,250 to the IT department, which at the students’ request, will be used to fund an Allerg-Ease scholarship.  We are very proud of the team’s hard work and dedication.  Pictured from left to right: Shayne Moore, Leslie Dykes, Ryan Callahan, Andre Coleman and James Riley.

Shayne Moore, Leslie Dykes, Ryan Callahan, Andre Coleman and James Riley.

IT student wins prestigious CSX scholarship!

Demetria Jackson
Demetria Jackson, senior in the Department of Information Technology, has been awarded a CSX North America 2015 student scholarship.

CSX (CyberSecurity Nexus) North America has also invited Ms. Jackson to attend their national conference in Washington, DC to learn more about the cybersecurity profession, attend technical training sessions with professionals and observe the finals of the Global CyberLympics ethical hacking competition.

Congratulations to Ms. Jackson and the IT Department!

Data Science at Georgia Southern

The Department of Information Technology at Georgia Southern University has created a new program to prepare students for the role of data scientist. The B.S. in Information Technology with a Concentration in Data Science offers an innovative, hands-on curriculum with coursework in data mining, data analytics, visualization, data management, programming and a capstone experience in big data. The new program was developed by Dr. Cheryl Aasheim, Professor of Information Technology. The program will admit students beginning fall of 2016.


Brandon Kimmons to Present Research at the American Chemical Society National Meeting

Brandon Kimmons, Interim Assistant Director of Research for Information Technology Services, along with Dr. Russell Thackston, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, and Dr. Ryan Fortenberry, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, will be presenting his research on Computational Chemistry: Practical Issues in Leveraging the Cloud on Wednesday, March 25, at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in Denver, Colorado.

The research compared the costs and practical issues of in-house high performance computing data centers to cloud-based high performance computing. He concluded that, under certain circumstances, cloud-based computing, with benefits such as cost savings, time savings, and theoretically infinitely expandable capacity, can be a valid alternative to expensive on-premises data centers. Cloud-computing, however, presents some practical issues such as provisioning of computing resources, software installation, and student account management. Kimmons will present empirical data of when cloud-based computational chemistry makes financial sense and techniques for managing these practical issues.

In addition to being selected as a presenter, Kimmons was awarded a grant from the Graduate Student Professional Development Fund to support his travel to Denver. These grants are awarded on a competitive basis and Kimmons’ award was the maximum allowable. According to Dr. Susan Williams, Interim Chair of the Department of Information Technology, Brandon is completing his Master of Science in Applied Engineering with a concentration in Information Technology and has been encouraged by the Graduate Student Association and the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies to present his findings at the Graduate Research Symposium.

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