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Cloud computing entrepreneur shares tips and experience on building a business with Lewis students

Published: January 2, 2013.

Paul Young, founder and chief architectural officer of Cloud One, recently shared his knowledge and experience of building a company with a group of Lewis University students in the Computer Science Department.

Combining his technical knowledge and business understanding, Young shared some helpful tips with students who one day hope to start their own businesses. He shared various stories about the trials and tribulations he encountered starting his company, Cloud One, from scratch. Today, Cloud One is responsible for delivering IBM Rational development tools to thousands of developers around the world in the cloud. Young’s presentation encouraged students to pursue their goals and provided insight into the growing technology field.

“Paul gave an inspiring talk to our students, demonstrating how technical expertise combined with courage and tenacity can take students where they want to go. His message also connected very well with students because it described a success in one of Computer Science's most important areas of focus today: cloud computing and virtualization. It helped give a very engaging context for what they're learning in the classroom,” commented Dr. Ray Klump, chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science.

Recently, the Computer Science program has grown to include coursework on cloud computing and virtualization. The coursework will become an increasing focus in the upcoming semesters as the field continues to grow. Over its 40-year history, the Computer Science program has undergone continuous improvement and refinement to keep pace with changes in technology including the opening of four new labs to teach students how to program mobile and embedded devices and better equip students to work on the front lines of cyber defense. Lewis University offers bachelors’ degrees 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. Students have the opportunity to pursue internships in the field, while being enrolled as students. Several alumni have gone on to found and lead area technology firms.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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