IBM Academic Initiative

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The Academic Initiative has many outstanding members and fellow academics who have been breaking ground and using IBM products and technologies in innovative ways. Read their stories and let their successes spark your own creative ideas.

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  • Video blog: Interviews with Academic Initiative enthusiasts
    Listen to Academic Initiative members and their colleagues discuss the trending topics in academia today. Find out how they are using IBM resources to better prepare their students with real-world skills that can help make the planet smarter.
  • Dr. David Powell: Ensuring students' post-graduate success
    At Elon University, Dr. Powell is a Professor of Computing Sciences and a member of the Academic Technology and Computing Committee. He is also a program evaluator for ABET and an AP Computer Science reader for the College Board.
  • Dr. Matthew Nelson: Making business courses come alive
    Dr. Matthew Nelson at the College of Business, Illinois State University is ensuring that his students are prepared to succeed in business world. His well-rounded curriculum brings together IBM Cognos Business Intelligence software, web-based learning materials, serious games, group projects, and contact with working professionals. Follow his lead and give your students the same advantages.
  • Dr. Ron Dattero: Making education relevant with IT Service Management
    Dr. Ron Dattero has the Professional Level Competence Certificate in ITSM and the Foundation Certificate in ITSM according to ISO/IEC 20000, and the ITIL version 3 Foundations Certificate. He has published numerous articles, including An Overview of Information Technology Service Management in Communications of the ACM, May 2009.
  • Dr. Eitel Lauria: More software to more students through cloud computing
    Dr. Eitel Lauria has had a successful career spanning two decades, two continents, and two industries. Because of this broad perspective, he truly understands how important it is to combine in-class learning with practical, hands-on experience. Unfortunately, because the software and tools that are actually used in the industry aren't necessarily easy to install or run, this isn't always an easy thing to do. Find out how Dr. Lauria solved this problem at Marist College using a Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) implementation.
  • Dr. Praveen Rao: Early adopter of cloud technologies
    Dr. Praveen Rao understands that cloud technology will play a significant role in the future of enterprise computing, and he believes it is important to train students with skills relevant to the industry and engage them early. Therefore, it is no surprise that Dr. Rao was one of the first professors to be accepted into the IBM Academic Skills Cloud pilot program and introduce this new environment to the University of Missouri-Kansas City, incorporating an understanding of cloud technologies in his courses and providing his students with hands-on experience.
  • Angelo Corridori: Revitalizing education in Enterprise Computing
    After a successful career designing and developing mainframe systems and 25 years of teaching at the community college level, Angelo Corridori was a natural fit to teach enterprise computing courses at Marist College. But, when he joined the Marist faculty in 2007, he found that there was a shortage of available academic resources for this discipline. Now, thanks to his dedication and innovation, this is no longer the case!
  • Dr. Martin L. Bariff: Ensuring students have marketable skills in business analytics
    Making sense of the enormous and increasing amount of data in our digital world has become a growing challenge. Business analytic skills are needed across the entire job market, and these skills have a strong emphasis in Prof. Bariff's courses. He has been a leader in developing a Business Analytics concentration for the MBA and Masters in Marketing Analytics & Communication programs at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and his graduate course in Data Mining currently attracts students from across academic disciplines. Read about his successes.
  • Preparing students to build a "Smarter Planet" at Notre Dame
    IBM has been promoting innovative programs to solve critical problems facing the world and create what we call a "Smarter Planet". In a similar quest, the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame is actively training over 330 students each semester to be the thought leaders of the future. Read how Suzanne Coshow, Chad Harms, and Samuel Miller are currently teaching a required innovative research course that challenges students to identify and evaluate major issues and trends that can impact society in the future.
  • Faculty at Cégep de Thetford lead of mainframe education in French-speaking Canada
    The people in Québec, Canada speak French. Naturally, the Québec companies that run their businesses on mainframe computers need an IT staff that speaks French and has enterprise computing skills. This is not always an easy combination to find. Luckily, Cégep de Thetford, a small school in Québec, is addressing this large need.

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