Lewis celebrates opening of new labs
ROMEOVILLE — Nearly 100 people celebrated the Sept. 26 dedication of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department’s new, spacious, state-of-the-art computer labs.
The Mathematical Computing Lab focuses on teaching and investigating mathematical concepts using computers. The Networking and Security Lab hosts instruction in the design and implementation of computer networks and processes by which computer systems can be made secure against cyber attack.
The Software Development Lab focuses on teaching students a variety of programming and software development techniques.
Finally, the Ubiquitous Computing Lab explores issues related to non-traditional computing platforms, including mobile and embedded systems.
The new area also houses offices for department faculty and a new reception area.
The evening commenced with a presentation on the future of mobile computing by tech visionary and entrepreneur Alex Bratton, CEO and chief geek of Lextech Global Services, a recognized leader in enterprise mobile apps development.
“His talk was extremely inspiring to our students, because it showed just how influential they can be with the skills and knowledge they are acquiring as computer scientists and mathematicians,” said Dr. Ray Klump, chair of mathematics and computer science.
Students had an opportunity to demonstrate the mobile apps they had created for Bratton prior to his talk, and he was impressed at what they had managed to create in just 15 weeks.
After his talk, the crowd moved to the new laboratory space, where Brother James Gaffney, FSC, president of Lewis University, congratulated the students, faculty, and alumni for their past successes and predicted a bright future. Steve Zlatic, director of Campus Ministry, offered spiritual words of inspiration by reflecting on the Creation Story.
After the dedication, every lab was staffed by students and faculty demonstrating student and faculty work in the department. Some of student learning experience includes mobile apps development, networking and security, interacting with operating systems, mathematical simulation and creating interactive games.
Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in computer science as well as minors in computer science and in cyber security science. It also co-manages a Master of Science in information security.