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, 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.
Congratulations to Information Technology students Jordan Bacon, Chris Bergin, Michael Canter and Matthew DeAngelis for winning the Best Paper Award in the Undergraduate Student Research track at the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute conference held in Savannah on February 25 – 27th. Under the direction of Dr. Cheryl Aasheim, these students authored a paper titled Analysis of Georgia Southern University Student College Football Attendance that utilized data mining techniques to analyze factors that affect football attendance at Georgia Southern University. The students presented their paper at the conference on February 26, 2015.
SEDSI Award Winners: Jordan Bacon, Matthew DeAngelis, Michael Canter and Christopher Bergin
The research was an extension of a semester long project the students completed in their data mining course that is part of the Information Management specialization within the BS in Information Technology program.
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