Student Success Stories

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!

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.

IT Students Win Undergraduate Student Best Paper Award for Southeast Decision Sciences Conference

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.

Congratulations to Ibrahim Waziri Jr

Congratulations to Ibrahim Waziri Jr, M.S. Candidate in Applied Engineering (IT) and Graduate Research Assistant has been accepted into Purdue University for their PhD in Information Security

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