Monday, July 25, 2011

International Committee Recognizes SBU CIS Curriculum

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
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BOLIVAR, Mo.Southwest Baptist University’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) announced today the National Science Foundation/IEEE’s Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (NSF/IEEE TCPP) has named SBU to the early adopter program of the NSF/IEEE TCPP’s Curriculum Initiative for Parallel and Distributed Computing.  According to the committee’s website, SBU joins only 33 universities around the world who have achieved the same status.
Dr. Boachuan Lu

Dr. Boachuan Lu, SBU assistant professor of CIS, spearheads SBU’s work in parallel and distributed computing. Dr. Lu noted that, “It is really more about the opportunities this curriculum affords our students. I am excited that our students will get to participate in some of the most cutting-edge computing activities taking place anywhere.” 

Dr. Tim DeClue
The initiative, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Intel, and IBM, encourages universities which have the faculty expertise to adopt the curriculum to prepare their students for the next generation of computational devices. According to the TCPP website, “The TCPP acts as an international forum to promote parallel processing research and education, and participates in setting up technical standards in this area. Issues related to the design, analysis and implementation of parallel systems and solutions are of interest. These include design and analysis of parallel architectures and algorithms, and application development on parallel machines.”

According to Dr. Tim DeClue, chair of the CIS department, “The program is quite selective: 2011 is the first year of the initiative, and only thirty-three universities around the world have achieved early-adopter status with twenty-one of the schools located in the U.S.  SBU is the only school in Missouri the committee recognized.”

USA Schools
Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO)                     Kent State University (Kent, OH)
Loyola University (Chicago, IL)                                             Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
Columbia University (New York, NY)                                    Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Savannah, GA)                  St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN)
Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA)                  University of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)                
Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)                                 Ursinus College (Montgomery, PA)
North Carolina A&T University (Greensboro, NC)                University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AR)
University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)                           Hampton University (Hampton, VA)
Clemson University (Clemson, SC)                                      Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI)       
University of Georgia (Athens, GA)                                      Knox College (Galesburg, IL)

International Schools
University of Pannonia (Hungary)                                          University of Murcia (Spain)
Kassel University (Germany)                                                 Universidad Nacional de La Plata(Argentina)
Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, (Argentina)                     Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina)
Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto (Argentina)                   Universidad Nacional de San Luis(Argentina)
Universidad de Buenos Aires(Argentina)                               Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (Argentina)
Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina                     International Inst.of Information Technology, India

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