Argonne National Laboratory’s Jay Johnson speaks

Argonne National Laboratory’s Jay Johnson speaks with students about Information Technology

Published: November 30, 2013.

Lewis University’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science welcomed Jay Johnson of Argonne National Laboratory to campus on Nov. 7 to speak with students about working in Information Technology at a national laboratory.

“Jay gave our Computer Science students a very clear picture of the diversity of IT opportunities available to Computer Scientists, from software development to networking infrastructure to cyber security,” said Dr. Ray Klump, chair of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lewis University. “He indicated that what the industry most needs is strong technical expertise.”

Johnson, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Security in 2007, described the unique challenges facing IT workers at a place of Argonne’s profile and stature. Argonne is a national laboratory that conducts cutting-edge and potentially sensitive scientific research, making it a prime target for hackers. Consequently, every IT effort, from software development to system administration to process control to data collection and analysis, must vigilantly focus on ensuring the security of these cyber systems. Johnson described the software engineering processes the developers follow, how they continuously document and evaluate system requirements, and how they rigorously test the systems they create, particularly for the kinds of cyber attackers are likely to launch at Argonne’s systems.

Johnson has taught a number of undergraduate Computer Science courses and graduate Information Security courses for Lewis University. He is also a founding member of the Computer Science Advisory Board. In this role, he serves an important function, helping the faculty of the department keep its curriculum current, its laboratory facilities well-equipped, and its students well-positioned for enriching internships and fulfilling careers.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. It also offers minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It’s also nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 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 seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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