News 02-19-2002

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Carnegie Mellon, Int'l School, Offer Networking Masters

Carnegie Mellon this fall will offer its first degree in Europe in collaboration with the Athens Information Technology Institute (AIT) in Greece. The degree is designed to meet the demand for higher education in Internet technologies, including Internet security, systems and telecom, high-speed networking and wireless mobile computing. The curriculum will be taught by faculty from both Carnegie Mellon and AIT. AIT is building a new campus, with state-of-the-art research and education facilities, a few miles from downtown Athens. The program will be under the leadership of Christos Halkias, dean of AIT, and Pradeep K. Khosla, head of Carnegie Mellon's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Information Networking Institute.

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R.I. Bank Packages Higher Ed Online Accounting

The Bank Rhode Island launched an finanical management program -- dubbed CampusMate -- to link all of a student's banking and school-based accounts online. The system, now being used at the Rhode Island School of Design, enables personal banking by students, streamlines administration of student activity accounts, and gives parents the ability to pay all of a student's financial needs electronically. Bank officials said the program lets the bank serve as the school's automated back office for a menu of accounts. In addition, the system plugs into the school's existing systems, making additional technology unnecessary.

For more information, visit: <http://www.bankri.com>.

SAP Funds E-Business Curriculum Development

SAP America, Inc. last week awarded 10 schools curriculum development grants to encourage undergraduate and graduate study of e-business technology. The awards were based on benefits of a project to students and faculty, and the potential for use of integrated business processes and SAP solutions. The top award of $100,000 went to Rutgers University. Other winners were: Widener University, the University of South Dakota, and California State University, Chico, Northern Arizona University, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, the University of Missouri, Columbia, the Kelly School of Business of Indiana University, the Haub School of Business of St. Joseph's University, and Drexel University.

Company Sets Up E-Business Marketplace Testbed

SAP also said it would fund a simulated e-business marketplace at four universities. The initiative, to be called the SAP Simulated Marketplace for Advance Research and Teaching (SMART), is designed to give students first-hand experience with demand across the supply chain, system development and maintenance, and decision-making across a company's value chain. It will be developed by the University of South Dakota; California State University, Chico; University of Missouri; Queensland University of Technology, Australia; and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Schools participating will function as component suppliers, original equipment manufacturers, customers and subcontractors. Transactions will be conducted using the mySAP.com suite of e-business applications.

eCollege Expects to Hover at Breakeven This Year

eCollege, a provider of technology and services for online higher education programs, said it expects to see a pre-tax profit of $500,000 to $2 million in 2002, as well as student fee growth of between 30 to 45 percent. Oakleigh Thorne, the company's chairman, said he expects the company to be "fluctuating around breakeven in the first two quarters." eCollege develops online degree programs for universities. Its clients include National University; Seton Hall University; University of Colorado; DeVry University, Inc.; Kentucky Virtual High School; and Microsoft Faculty Center.

For more information visit: <http://www.eCollege.com>.

Group Launches 'Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day'

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is supporting "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," on Thursday, February 21, 2002. The event is part of a recognition of engineers planned this week as National Engineers Week. SME initiatives for "Girl Day" include a program for SME female members to serve as mentors, offering career direction to girls who are now evaluating their career options. The campaign is expected to reach 1 million girls by the end of the month. SME executive director Nancy Berg said girls are a target of the campaign, since "women represent less than 10 percent of all engineers and less than 20 percent of all college engineering students in America."

For more information, visit <http://www.sme.org>.

Canada's Academic Health Net Builds Research Backbone

Canada's University Health Network is building a 10-Gigabit Ethernet network to enable utra-high-speed research connectivity for its network of hospitals. UHN research requires a high-performance network to support applications such as high-resolution image transfers and the processing of massive research data files. Thomas Goldthorpe, director of research information systems at UHN said the elmination of network bottlenecks required "a high-performance backbone solution at better than gigabit speeds." The network will used IEEE 802.3a3 standard-based 10G Ethernet from Foundry Network Inc. to build the network.

Awards, Deals, and Contracts in the Higher Education Community

  • The University of Louisville chose Symantec to provide Internet security solutions to the 12,000 desktop, server and gateway nodes on the university's computer network. Under a two-year agreement, Symantec will provide Louisville with antivirus protection and technical support.

  • The United States Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with VivoMetrics Inc. to integrate a Global Positioning System (GPS) and long-range wireless services into the company's "Lifeshirt" system. The partnership aims to produce an advanced method for real-time location and physiological monitoring of military personnel in the field.

  • The University of Alaska has deployed streaming video products from Amnis Systems Inc. for a distance learning project. The project will ultimately connect multiple university sites, including at the University of Washington, using a broadband IP based network. The initial distance-learning network will transmit educational content from the University of Washington via a satellite link to the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
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